hi Ripowam and others,
Ripowam raised a good question, and for those who were curious:
Announcing casting or other internal company info before it has been officially announced by a company representative or by the press office is considered a violation of the courtesy/gossip policy, which can be found here in its entirety:
"Gossip can be hurtful to artists and those associated with them or be an embarrassment at a time of contract negotiation. To move beyond gossip, a story must be substantiated by official word from a Press Dept. or directly from the artist (not at secondhand) with their permission for release. ... If you have heard or read a story that suggests that something posted here is incorrect or unsubstantiated, please e-mail email@example.com
and we will take the matter forward.
Examples of unsubstantiated stories which fall under the category of gossip:
- promotions, exits and recruitments
- relationships forming or breaking. I know of two dancers who regularly walk together holding hands. However, they are close friends and their relationships are with other people.
We do consider information posted on company web sites "official", despite the understood unreliability of such information (eg. casting plans) with various companies, even up until performance time.
In the case of Vishneva's info, you're in the clear, as the Bolshoi has a press release out on the subject, so it's open for discussion.