i don't have time for a longer post right now, but i too considered the example of nureyev at the RB, together with/in contrast to, mukhamedov at the RB.<P>i think there are choices made: which changes occur. and a choice can 'enhance' and amplify and develop the stream one is already headed on - or it can deflect/aler/change that course....<P>i am inclined to think that nureyev was a needed boost, which propelled the company along the same lines as it was intended to go, but in a revolutionary way! ( not minimising that influence). wheras mukhamedov's style is quite contrary to the values of the RB. we can love both, of course!