Natalia, are you seriously suggesting that Ratmansky won't have any say in who dances in his new production? .....
I would hope that he does. However, if you ever read the experiences of other great choreographers or stagers of the recent past who have worked at the Mariinsky, you will see that certain 'management favorites' are thrust upon them..."Use my favorite or else..." I would hope that Ratmansky has enough spine to resist the inevitable pressures. This is not to say that Ratmansky might not, of his own free will, consider Somova or anyone else as the perfect Tsar Maiden or Ivan or Humpbacked Horse.
If it were up to Ratmansky alone, I would add the name of Diana Vishneva to the list of potential Tsar Maidens...DV having been his Cinderella in 2002, a ballerina who he invited to the Bolshoi, etc. Given that Vishneva makes NO mention of HUMPBACKED on her calendar of upcoming performances tells me that she is definitely not in the running for Tsar Maiden.
Lopatkina? Why not? How old was Plisetskaya when she created the Tsar Maidenin the first staging of this ballet, to score by her husband, Schedrin? However, the tendency of late has been to give the 'big premieres' to the up-and-coming ballerinas who are itching for a Golden Mask or similar recognition.
p.s. - I would not be surprised in the least if Ratmansky is creating a 'cameo' of sorts for Plisetskaya. She will show up on the stage, I bet, in some form or another. (wink)