Jobs to be cut at RDB?
Posted 26 December 2011 - 09:11 AM
The compulsory retirement at 40 will somewhat reduce the immediate pain but won't cover it all, and the Director also says that the ballet, the theatre and the opera will each have to cut one major production next season.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:50 AM
Meanwhile the leader of the dancers' union, Byron Mildwater, is saying that the dancers are prepared to negotiate about 'everything' - including taking a pay cut - to avoid layoffs. He is also coming up with other suggestions, such as that the ballet should only perform in one of the three theatres, that less should be spent on costumes etc, and that the management should look at options such as sponsorship of individual dancers.
The actors' union, on the other hand, thinks the management should bear the brunt of the necessary cuts.
Difficult times - desperate, even, for those whose jobs may go - and some very hard decisions to be made...
Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:40 PM
From Politiken (translated via Google):
"Ballet dancers at the Royal Theatre conducted this evening an unusual action in Paris turned against planned layoffs and cost savings of ballet.
"Before a performance on the occasion of the Danish EU presidency attended by among others Queen Margrethe and several peaks from France and the EU were ballet dancers dressed in costumes and training wear right out on the stairs in front of the French National Opera at the Palais Garnier, where they shared out leaflets to Prominent among the guests."
View the translated article here.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:42 PM
Today the Opera chorus (which stands to lose 16 singers) held a free concert at the Old Theater that, by all reports, was packed to the rafters and included an impassioned plea from the director to save those positions. Nikolaj Hubbe, on the other hand - who as recently as this past summer was in very hot water as a result of a leaked management consultant's report - has been strangely silent about the proposed cuts. Of course, he just signed a new 5-year contract, so his nest is nicely feathered no matter what happens.
The tactic of starting with a big number when a smaller one will do, then announcing the smaller number and declaring victory is a common one in negotiations. It allows the management to give the illusion of progress when in reality all they've done is arrived at the number they intended to get to all along. Very often 'negotiations' such as these are just an illusion.
Posted 08 January 2012 - 09:22 AM
The political pressure on the theatre administration seems to be rather heavy, though. Lately the Minister of Culture has announced that none of the members of the board will get their membership renewed this year, which means that for the time being the theatre is without a board, and therefore all decisions now lie with the theatre management. Even in good times it must be a problem to have this fundamental break of continuity in the work of the board, and in a situation like this it must even more difficult.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 06:35 AM
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller asking for help. Mærsk-related foundations spearheaded and funded the construction of the new opera house on the island of Holmen, across from central Copenhagen. It's a gorgeous facility, but has proven expensive to maintain. As the letter points out (Google translated version): "In this desperate situation we can not help but think about what you, Mr.
Møller, I wonder feel to see your house on the other side of the water quietly languish, see the lights turned off and hear the music silenced."
Meanwhile, the silence, at least in the press, from Mr. Hübbe is deafening.
Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:57 AM
Hübbe are without foundation. We do not know what his actions and words are within the organization. Complaining to the press is merely sound and fury. For all we know, he is banging the drum behind closed doors with upper management, politicos, and private funding sources. He may have a handshake agreement with the dancers to allow them to be in the press (after all they are the real victims here if there are layoffs), while he works behind the scenes.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:47 AM
"People are scared, insecure, nervous and worried. We have not been informed about what is going on. There have been more in the newspaper, than management has told us. And we have the feeling that there is no fighting spirit of the ballet management. Our management has not even taken the initiative to talk with us, Nikolaj Hübbe came to a meeting shortly before Christmas, because Ballet Association demanded that he came. But he did not say much, although it would be natural that he tried to reassure and inform us about what will happen."
If Hubbe is doing anything behind the scenes, he's keeping it a secret even from his own company. All of the public statements about the firings at the ballet have come from the dancers - mostly via their spokesperson, veteran dancer Byron Mildwater, some via interviews in the press. And while the dancers are doing a great job of promoting their own cause, they don't seem to be getting help from their own management. Which is unfortunate.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:55 AM
Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:12 AM
Posted 14 January 2012 - 01:30 AM
There are no comments from either Nikolaj Hübbe or theater director Erik Jacobsen so far.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:14 AM
Article (I couldn't find out making it appear in English translation, but maybe you can help yourself to a google-translation)
I can't help feeling very sad today, and I feel very sorry for the seven dancers, who are leaving the company against their own free will, some of whom I remember vividly from many fine performances during the years.
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