San Francisco Ballet Loses Three Male Principal Dancers

25 Feb

The San Francisco Ballet Press Department today announced that Gennadi Nedvigin will assume the artistic direction of Atlanta Ballet in August, replacing John McFall who is retiring.

This means that three principal male dancers will leave the San Francisco ranks — Joan Boada and Pascal Molat, whose pending retirement was announced last fall. All are mid-sized brilliant dancers with subsantatial tenure with the company. It is wonderful for Gennadi, but sad for San Franciscans, who have come to love his seemingly effortless classicism and remarkable portraits as Mecutio in Romeo and Juliet and Lensky in Eugene Onegin as well as a mischievous Franz in Coppelia.

It’s interesting that both McFall and Nedvigin have danced for San Francisco Ballet. McFall went to Atlanta after a stint at Dayton Ballet, inheriting a solid company which Robert Barnett built from the foundation that Dorothy Alexander supplied, bringing the company from regional dance status to professional standing. Alexander’s long tenure in Atlanta artistic circles did much to solidfy the ensemble’s standing which Barnett enhanced and turned over to McFall.

Makes me want to try to wheedle a guest couch in Atlanta.

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