This visit to see Angel Corella's new company almost had a sense of family. CarolinaM, for one, with her heartfelt support and enthusiasm, has kept us informed on the company since she first heard about it. Also I have to say that I have chatted with Angel a few times and he seems to be an extremely nice person. A reason for mentioning this is that I believe that it is really reflected in his artistry and his company.
Thanks Buddy! you are completely right I'm enthusiastic and give as much support as I can to this troupe as I realize -it's easy to do but unfortunately not easy to assume by some dance sectors in Spain- how much courage and generosity it's behind Angel's decision to create the Corella Ballet.
We did not have a classical ballet company able to stage ballets such as The Bayadere or Swan Lake from about 20 years. Angel was (and still is) on the top of his career. What he is sacrificing is enormous. On the other hand a lot of CB dancers are also risking, because many of them had very good jobs in prestigious companies and they left to join the Spanish brand new troupe. So I'm with them and anything I could do, I'm ready for it.
So, I really appreciate you travelling to attend and I'm eager to read about your thoughts and feelings. Unfortunately I've not seen this program yet. I'll do next January in Barcelona. We are lucky enough that Angel Corella has a deep estimation for Catalunya, this special community -with its strong and different identity- in the Spanish country. They should have been here but they are in Castilla Leon, anyway Catalan people love them and they visit us very often and who knows maybe one day we will have the chance to host them here. But here, there, anywhere, I'm praying for them to be able to keep on going and growing and delighting us as they do.
You mention as "stars" Ángel and Herman. They truly are and I think that there are two or three more future (if not current) stars there, all men. Natalia, Carmen, Kazuko are great but after Almeida (to Boston) and Ellis (to Sarasota) leaving and no other female dancer joining they are lacking star ballerinas.
And of course I agree with you, Angel is not only an outstanding dancer but an extremely nice person.
We will learn this month who will the new director of our Compañía Nacional de Danza be. Some of the candidates who have presented their projects are José Carlos Martínez, danseur étoile at the París Opera Ballet, Ricardo Cué (Tamara Rojo's great friend who could be there for her to replace him as soon as she feels ready to take) and Hervé Palito (second at the CND's when Duato was in and who is now directing the company at interim) but he has already affirmed that he has no intention to turn the CND into classic so if the Government keeps on with this idea he has no chance to win. There are fourteen more candidates which I have no confirmation about who they are. Will see.....
I was only thinking that if more money is invested in that National Company, I hope that Corella Ballet will not see their subsidy decreased even more... There was no need to allow Nacho Duato leaving, they could have maintained our CND as it was and only give more support to Corella if they wanted to have a good Spanish Classical Company.