Why does a city need to have one big gorilla company anyway?
Fair point. but given the resources that baller requires, it's very tricky to have a major company, as opposed to a chamber group, in a smaller place. And for most cities in the developed world, there are sufficient arts lovers to give the critical mass necessary to support a ballet company. Chamber ballet is fine and sometimes fab, but scale is one
of the important characteristics of ballet: six shades, no matter how good, won't make "La Bayadere" come to life (or afterlife).
Yes, Joffrey does qualify - interesting that Chicago didn't have a major company at the time of their move.
Kate makes interesting points. While it's true that Edinburgh doesn't have a ballet company of its own, the population is less than 500,000 and Scottish Ballet perform regularly both there and Glasgow. Further, Scottish Ballet's base in Glasgow is only some 40 miles away and the huge majority of the population of Scotland live in that strip. For some time, the question was whether Scotland could sustain one company, never mind two, but Ashley Page's dynamic work with Scottish has removed that question from everyone's mind.
Regarding Poland, Warsaw seems to have a major company. There are 9 other opera houses around the country, but their websites are not English-friendly and it's tricky to resolve the question. I've spoken to a Polish friend and she will report back on any others.
Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions; while there may be good reasons why LA doesn't have a ballet company, it is beginning to look like an anomoly in the western world.
Anyone else got any candidates or thoughts about ballet (or lack thereof) in LA?