Artistic Director Quits Orlando Ballet://http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news... Orlando Ballet
In an abrupt upheaval at the Orlando Ballet, artistic director Bruce Marks quit Saturday night and was replaced Monday morning by Robert Hill, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.
Marks, 71, who said he left for personal reasons, had held the post since 2006, shortly after the death of former artistic director Fernando Bujones in late 2005.
The switch comes at a critical time for the 34-year-old company, Orlando's only full-time professional ballet troupe, which lost executive director Russell Allen in August and development director Debra Lowe last week. The company wound up the 2007-08 season nearly $500,000 in the red.
The company seems to have continued to grow artistically since Marks took charge following the tragically premature death of Fernando Bujones. I confess that, although I live only a 3-4 hour drive away, I've never made it up to Orlando to attend a performance.
Does anyone have any impressions about the company during the past few years? Or about its future direction under Hill? What do you think?