The artistic directors of Queensland Ballet and West Australian Ballet will be departing.
The West Australian
Klaus has created the bulk of QB's work since taking over in 1997 but Marsden says the successful candidate may be a choreographer who also regularly invites others into the company, or a leader who curates work rather than creates it him or herself: "All three types are in the mix."
She quashed rumours QB would merge with Brisbane-based Expressions Dance Company, which has been directed since 2009 by Natalie Weir, a former resident choreographer with the Australian Ballet. There had been conversations only about the sharing of resources, and "no plans for a merger at this time".
Cavallari cited wanting to be nearer to family and friends, including his partner who in November 2010 underwent a bone marrow transplant in Germany, as a primary reason for the move.
"I will certainly miss the company and have valued my time in Perth and Australia, but you never know what life will throw at you, and you have to be in a position to respond," he said.