Death of Ross Stretton
Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:43 AM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 04:36 AM
Former Australian Ballet director Stretton dies
A brief obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Ross Stretton dies
One of Australia's best known ballet figures, Ross Stretton, has died in Melbourne from complications following a long battle with cancer. He was 53.
Stretton, who was dancer and a former artistic director of the Australian Ballet, was hospitalised a number of times this year with complications stemming from his treatment for melanoma.
Stretton will be remembered for his brief, stormy tenure as Director of the Royal Ballet, but he was also a star dancer with the Australian Ballet and a principal with ABT. He's shown in the Frederick Wiseman film, "Ballet," during his tenure as ballet master with ABT (and reportedy a very good one).
Posted 16 June 2005 - 04:40 AM
reminds me of the terrible losses my family and I have endured so far this year. I also had my own fight with bone cancer. May Mr. Stretton rest in peace. I am thinking of his loved ones now. And praying for them.
Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:11 AM
Does anyone have an address where condolences may be sent? Please pm or email me -
Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:22 AM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 10:32 AM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 10:15 PM
Posted 16 June 2005 - 10:48 PM
Posted 17 June 2005 - 05:34 AM
Posted 17 June 2005 - 06:23 AM
As a Londoner I had mixed feelings about Ross Stretton as I wasn't too happy about some of his rep decisions, though it was a stroke of genius on his part to acquire "Eugene Onegin" for the company. On the other hand he was quick to note the company's shortcomings and start to tackle the serious drop in dancing standards which are sadly still all too prevalent today.
To say that he didn't have the backing of the dancers is only true in part, as he did win support from a number of them. The allegations of improper behaviour with female dancers were probably not true, and the anonymous obit. writer is way out of line repeating these calumnies.
From what I have heard from an RB insider, Ross Stretton was more sinned against than sinning and it will be interesting to know if now that he has sadly passed away, more information about what was the ugliest period in the Royal Ballet's history will come to light.
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