Villella To Step Down from MCB
Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:16 PM
Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:33 PM
Posted 22 September 2011 - 03:43 PM
Posted 22 September 2011 - 04:33 PM
The Miami Herald article is here:
Facebook comments by the dancers are already starting. It seems unexpected. Alex Wong's "Wow" may sum up the first reaction of surprise that many are feeling.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 04:57 PM
Suffice it to say,
Posted 22 September 2011 - 05:28 PM
Posted 22 September 2011 - 08:28 PM
That'll be interesting, I think we can count on that. Whatever it is. More than once, people attending his pre-performance talks have asked him about putting them in a book. He usually says, No, I'll leave that to the writers. I think he likes movement.
Mr. Villella ... is leaving to continue other professional pursuits.
And a year after he steps down, they're due back in Paris. Hmm...
Posted 22 September 2011 - 08:36 PM
Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:10 PM
The company’s board leadership called Mr. Villella’s departure a mutual decision. But although his age — 75 — suggests that retirement was not far off, Mr. Villella was forced out, according to recent interviews with his supporters on the board, friends and others familiar with the company.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:54 PM
Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:11 PM
Balanchine did say, "Après moi, le Board." Why do these people think that a corporate model would work for an artistic venture?
Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:41 PM
Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:23 PM
I wonder if the financial instability mentioned in the article is part of the reason?
I think that's a fair guess. Going by the article it sounds as if it was a combination of money worries, concerns that the company was identified too closely with Villella, and an aging and powerful director not taking hints as to where the door was. Well, I remember reading the dancers Villella fired in the layoff got letters in the mail. C'est la vie.
He declined to draw a parallel between the end of his dancing and artistic director’s phases, only saying: “It’s really about the dancers. I wanted to make a company I would have liked to dance in.”
Very nice thing to say. It sounds as if he succeeded.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:30 PM
So very juvenile on the board's part... Questions of authority? There's a question? The Executive Director works for the Artistic Director... end of story. Companies run into trouble very quickly otherwise. They didn't have to lose the authority of an artistic director to move toward building an endowment.
Forget the statue... the company was the legacy.
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