Edward Villella departs abruptly from Miami City Ballet.
The New York Times
Miami City Ballet has brought in Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as a consultant to help financially restructure the company. Kaiser performed similar tasks for the American Ballet Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in the 1990s, though he says the Miami troupe is in better shape than those companies at that time.
The Miami Herald
Mr. Villella said no lawsuits had been filed, and that he did not want to bring a case. “I don’t want to jeopardize the company in any way,” he said. “If I did that it would be a major statement and it’s not what I’m about. I don’t want to do anything that would be detrimental to my dancers — my former dancers. Those kids are amazing. They have made me look good. I appreciate them.”
When asked if any legal action was threatened, he said, “I will allow you to use your imagination.”
Villella would not inform company dancers and staff of his departure in person, Eroncig said in a separate email to the board of trustees. Instead, the troupe’s former leader emailed them.
“I am both pleased and saddened to be writing you,” Villella’s email said. “Pleased, because we have achieved so much together and because I have faith in the future that all of you are helping to create. Sad, because it is hard to say goodbye. I have decided that with the leadership transition plan well underway, it is best for me to leave the company now.”
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