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June 10, 2014


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So sad about Corella leaving his dream of national company in Spain. He invested time and energy not to mention his own savings, but when the environment is not supportive of ballet, then it's a futile effort no matter how great the dancers and repertory. Maybe New Zealand is a possibility though it is far from everything.

Hi Genna.

I thought that it was interesting that Angel and the King quit Spain in the same week.

Angel said that he had turned down the job in New Zealand, but has also intimated in another article that he has a Director's job lined up which he would announce soon. Pennsylvania Ballet would be such a good fit for him. And to think that it would be a real opportunity where a company is already is good shape - artistically and financially. Their season next year includes Fancy Free, Prodigal Son, Swan Lake, along with Forsythe and Ratmansky and other interesting pieces. Angel would be in heaven there. I hope I'm right, but it is complete speculation.

I loved Corella's ballet company when it toured in L.A. a few years ago and went two or three times, and then drove up to Santa Barbara mid-week to see it again. (It was also fantastic to see Cornejo in a contemporary piece instead of a full-length ballet.) He spoke to the audience after the shows and he had the same bright vitality and intelligence he shows on stage. It was impressive to hear him talk about dance, his career, and his company. Wherever he goes, it will be a truly fortunate group of dancers who get to work with him.

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