A press release from ABT states that Alban Lendorf will be joining the company as Principal Dancer. The release also states that he will continue as Principal Dancer at Royal Danish Ballet for the coming season.
Alban Lendorf has taken on a growing number of guest assignments during the last seasons, including several performances with ABT. Reaching principal status in RDB as a very young dancer has also implied that he is at the second turn of many of the roles in the repertoire. He has already starred in two different productions of "Swan Lake" and "La Sylphide", so it is understandable that he might be eager for new experiences.
The financial cuts at RDB has also led to fewer news productions and reruns. Nicolaj Hübbe is working hard to stretch what is available for the large crop of talented dancers. With six casts of "Swan Lake" including a very strong line up of Siegfrieds, the company can afford to share Lendorf with the World. Luckily he will continue to dance with his parent company as well.
I hope that ABT can offer him, what he needs most at this point of his career: a tailormade big scale leading role choreographed on him. With former RDB principal Alexei Ratmansky on board as House Choreographer at ABT the odds are good that this goal can be reached.
Photo by Costin Radu (Copyright(c): Royal Danish Ballet)
Alban Lendorf as Siegfried in "Swan Lake" with Jon Axel Fransson as Von Rothbart