Washington Ballet - New Executive Director
Posted 08 July 2008 - 01:56 PM
"Allen said his plans for the Washington Ballet include developing a second home for it in a nearby city, similar to what he had arranged for the Orlando Ballet, which performs regularly in Tampa. Allen also said he wants to expand the Washington School of Ballet. This would require a new facility, or renovation of the Wisconsin Avenue NW building, which houses the company and the school, he said."
Washington Post article
Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:07 PM
Anyone have any thoughts about which city (cities) might make a good partner?
Posted 08 July 2008 - 08:16 PM
Richmond, I'd guess, although that is just my guess.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 09:05 PM
This multi-city base is a clever adaptation as our metro areas sprawl and begin to bleed one into the other.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 04:22 AM
MCB this season is finally giving up on the Nutcracker head-to-head. On the other hand, their regular programs are remarkably successful and have started to gain "home town" support from the wealthy arts supporters. Being a first-class company that is clearly on a roll obviously doesn't hurt.
kfw, Alexandra, Hans, and others in the DC area: what do you think about this new development?
Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:25 AM
Baltimore supports an opera and a symphony and is the home of several art museums and schools, including the prestigious Maryland Institute of Art and the Maryland Conservatory of Music. Probably about the only thing it lacks is a major ballet company.
I don't know if Baltimore is what Washington Ballet has in mind but it certainly seems that it would be a logical market for a ballet company to expand into.
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