New Director for RDB
Posted 30 March 2007 - 03:54 AM
Posted 30 March 2007 - 06:11 AM
Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:25 AM
What terrific news! Congratulations to Mr. Hubbe, and to RDB for finally getting it right. Best of luck.
I'm glad for Hubbe too and hope it works out well for both him and the RDB
Posted 30 March 2007 - 07:46 AM
Seriously, this is the best thing that's happened to the company since 1994. I'm sure we will see good things coming from this.
Posted 30 March 2007 - 09:05 AM
I'm not sure who is to be congratulated more -- Hubbe or RDB
Posted 30 March 2007 - 10:01 AM
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Posted 30 March 2007 - 10:41 AM
After so many seasons with "Bournonville in Hell" (as in the title of Alexandra's essay), perhaps some hope for a "Bournonville in Heaven" ? ;)
Yes! Bournonville, classical dancing, taste, artistry -- all are about to get a huge dose of antibiotics.
It's not that he'll make the whole repertory Bournonville, though. I've interviewed Hubbe several times over the last 15 years, and one of the things he's said consistently is that Bournonville is the well to which you return after dancing other ballets, and your Bournonville dancing will be enriched by your experiences. I think that's a very good metaphor. The "Sylphide" staging he did for the RDB, which the company brought to DC, was almost perfect, and the most amazing thing of all -- this company which had so many foreign dancers actually had the style.
Posted 30 March 2007 - 01:23 PM
His Square Dance last season was the first time I've REALLY been dazzled by the male solo since Bart Cook days. Very different from Bart but mesmerizing. The entire theater seemed to hold it's breath. I loved Boal in this role but the Cook comparison was still in my head. I thought of no one but Hubbe when he was on.
I suppose, considering his age, we wouldn't have had him too much longer & this is a great move for him and for RDB ... BUT ...
Posted 30 March 2007 - 01:33 PM
During the Erik Bruhn Competition in Toronto, Frank Anderson was asked about a successor....I thought at the time that it was a rather rude question, seeing as he still had some time to go as AD....
This is wonderful news for the RDB. I'm sorry that I haven'te seen Mr. Hubbe dance live...maybe there's still time??
Posted 30 March 2007 - 01:39 PM
Posted 30 March 2007 - 02:02 PM
I can sympathize with NYCB goers. After so many seasons when he was injured, though, I'm glad he's going out on a high. His one role here this "season" was the divertissement in "Miidsummer" and he was, as zerbinetta wrote in a different context, mesmerizing.
Leigh, I think I would disagree on the repertory. I think there will be a change -- less neogrunge I do agree on morale. I did a piece on his production of "La Sylphide" for the Post when the company came to Washington a few years ago, and talked to most of the principals. Every one of them was very enthusiastic about working with Hubbe and talked about how inspiring he was.
Editing to add:
I just checked this link and the page is blank (6:21 p.m. Friday EST) Perhaps they're updating it?
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