Internally theres a roles for cash racket operating, but I don't know if this extends to dancers from overseas.
Cassandra, as Catherine clarified a while ago in another thread, Kampa, Parish, Kimin and other occasional foreigners have their own special contracts. It is a different 'cash racket' of sorts, in that the contracts can guarantee a specific number of starring or featured roles within the contract period. The very talented Kim Kimin, for example, is solely sponsored by a wealthy Japanese businessman/fan (as clearly shown in his bio page, on the Mariinsky web). So, in a way, Kimin's sponsor 'bought' his on-stage time. [No slam on Kimin, who, in a 'normal' ballet company would most likely shine on his own accord.]
I don't know if Kampa is similarly 'sponsored' but she is the subject of a documentary film project that is ongoing. I'm sure that the film-makers want to show her story as a star, thus the reason to show her on stage in top roles...which may partly explain the push.http://wwfilmfest.com/films/the-keenan-kampa-story
The film's initial footage was recently previewed in the DC area but, as we were told, is 'a work in progress.' The footage shown is lovely but the film is not ready, as the story is still evolving, i.e., Ms Kampa will soon bound onto the Mariinsky's boards as Kitri. (A Star is Born
In August 2000, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with the first American at the Mariinsky, Rasta Thomas, while he guested in Varna, just before beginning his one-year stint at the Mariinsky. He mentioned that he would be dancing starring roles (Jeune Homme
poet, Spectre de la Rose
), as part of the agreement/contract. I believe today's foreigners on the roster also went into this with expectations for x-number of starring roles...which is a tad unusual when someone is brought in as "corps de ballet" and has to share the corps dressing rooms with others who've been patiently waiting their turns at leading roles. I can understand when someone like Cojocaru or Hallberg is brought in for one or two guest performances as leading soloist in one ballet. The odd thing at the Mariinsky is foreigners being brought in, under special contracts, to be in the corps de ballet