Death of Ross Stretton
Posted 17 June 2005 - 10:23 AM
Anna Kisselgoff's obituary in the New York Times speaks to some of the political forces that were in the air during his tenure at Australian Ballet and Royal Ballet, as well as the resistance to his goals at Australian Ballet when he was there, compared to the post-tenure praise of his work. (This article is cited in 17 June Links.)
Posted 17 June 2005 - 11:26 AM
I've seen kinder obits of drug kingpins.
Yes, Pol Pot got more sympathy. I think obituaries should be candid and not shirk the bad stuff, but this was a bit much.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 02:29 PM
Whoever wrote that obituary in the Telegraph doesn't even have the guts to put their name to the piece.
Just to put the record straight, Obituaries in the Daily Telegraph, like those in The Times, are never signed. They are supposed to be an objective record of the subject's life and achievements - warts and all.
Posted 17 June 2005 - 02:46 PM
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Posted 18 June 2005 - 06:19 PM
I danced with his wife in A Wedding Bouquet.
I went to ABT's Fokine program today.
What a day of nostalgia.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 10:21 AM
I realize that I'm almost a week late with this. I am so sorry to hear of
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.
his death. My deepest sympathy to his family. Mashinka you made an
excellent point here. In Kirkland's second book, she mentioned that she
passed none other than Lynn Seymour in a Covent Garden hallway.
Seymour advised her to, "Watch yourself around here." I also hope that in
death he will be vindicated. Afterall he was the RB's A.D. whether some liked it
or not. As such, he is apart of the RB's history, however short his tenure. In
the Pantheon that is British ballet there are a few critics who are at times a little excessive in their opinions. You've heard of professional Balanchine mourners? Well, the vitriol in this "eulogy" is the English version.
Posted 23 June 2005 - 10:29 AM
The story's in the July, 2005, Opera News. (Sorry, I could not get a Link.)
Posted 17 June 2008 - 09:58 AM
On the 10th anniversary of Sir Kenneth's death, Stretton programmed nine of his ballets but "Deborah wanted nothing to do with it. She wanted all other ballets, all the things that were dear to her but not to me. So there was another conflict. When I was in Australia [with a tour of the Royal Ballet in the winter of 2002], she flew out to see me and her agent flew out separately to see me about doing Manon [a MacMillan ballet] in the round at the Royal Albert Hall, choreographed by [the former artistic director of the English National Ballet] Derek Deane, and produced by Raymond Gubbay, who is an entrepreneur, who has bad-mouthed the Royal Ballet, hates the Royal Ballet. Derek Deane has bad-mouthed the Royal Ballet, didn't get my position, hates the company. You know, there was bad blood all over the place."
The chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Tony Hall, also flew to Australia to discuss Lady MacMillan's request but Stretton would not budge, "after which, Stretton said, she gave an ultimatum to the board that he step aside or she would pull the MacMillan repertoire from the Royal Ballet".
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