Colorado Ballet at Arvada Center 19-Aug-2010
Posted 20 August 2010 - 04:59 PM
The show followed the same format as last year's program, with the pre-intermission portion consisting of excerpts from various works followed by a complete work after the intermission. This year's choice for a full short ballet was Great Galloping Gottschalk, which isn't my favorite but was entertaining. The ushers were extremely stingy with programs so I don't have a list of dances and dancers, but the unmistakable stand-out for me was Rhoden's Ave Maria, danced by soloist Dana Benton and (recently promoted to) principle Dmitry Trubchanov. My friend's assessment after the show, which I could not disagree with, was "not quite as polished as their regular performances" (e.g., Maria Mosina stumbled at the end of the sequence of fouettes in the pas de deux from Le Corsaire) but perhaps we noticed the little mistakes because we were so close that we wouldn't have noticed from our typical seats. I don't know how much rehersal time they had, but I'm guessing it was less than for their regular programs.
I noticed on the CB's website that several of their top administrators have left this summer, including their executive director. As far as I know, these departure haven't been covered by the local news media.
Posted 20 August 2010 - 06:33 PM
Very odd about no news about administrative changes, though.
Posted 20 August 2010 - 07:04 PM
I have a "Google alert" set for "Colorado Ballet." While their recruitment announcement for an executive director has shown up on several jobs sites, no information about the reasons for the most recent departures have turned up. Here's the recruitment from their own site:
There were news reports over a year ago about staff lay-offs, but it sounded like financial problems, nothing else.
According to the public professional networking site Linkedin, the previous executive director, Jack R. Lemmon, was there less than a year. (For those of you who know this site, each person posts his/her own information.)
Here's the news story from the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News about his appointment in fall 2008:
It's tough all over in the arts.
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