On July 3, Sascha Radetsky bids American Ballet Theatre farewell in a performance of Coppélia at the Met. He was trying to touch on the theatrical aspects and the more intellectual aspects with the dance history.
Before leaving, Radetsky, married to ABT soloist Stella Abrera, talks about gaining perspective and pursuing goals beyond ballet. It was very ambitious, and it’s a shame it only lasted a couple of years. He would demonstrate from time to time and that was something to behold.
At the age of 15, he was invited to study in Moscow at the Bolshoi Academy under world-renowned men’s teacher Pytor Pestov. He toured with the Kirov Ballet throughout the United States and internationally.
After a year in Russia, he studied on scholarship at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D. He also studied on scholarship at the summer programs of the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet with Mikhail Baryshnikov, the San Francisco Ballet School and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado.
Center Stage had all the elements to be a smash hit: the behind-the-scenes drama of a prestigious ballet company, amazing choreography, incredibly catchy music, and a gorgeous cast of unknown lead actors (some of whom have gone on to have huge careers, like Zoe Saldana, and others who have sadly suffered a more common Hollywood fate, like Susan May Pratt).
But when Nicholas Hytner’s dance drama came out in May 2000, it made an underwhelming million and critics said the film “recycles rather than reinvents” and “steamrolls through its expository scenes with more efficiency than grace.”That should have been the end of Center Stage.
Radetsky joined the American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1995, moving up to corps de ballet the following year, and was named a soloist in 2003.
Cooper, er, Ethan only recently left ABT to become director at the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2011.
“It is so weird,” Radetsky said of retiring from the American Ballet Theatre, where he spent the majority of his career. It can be really disorienting figuring out what the next step is. But Radetsky didn’t have to look for too long before finding that next step — starting Nov.
8, viewers can see his next act with the premiere of Starz’s Flesh and Bone, a gritty drama that depicts the world of ballet like audiences have never seen before.
Schull was 22 back in 2000 when she landed the lead role of Jody Sawyer.
At the time of filming she was an apprentice with the San Francisco Ballet, later joining the corps de ballet before her retirement in 2006.