Nacho Duato taking helm in 2014
Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:15 PM
Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:39 PM
My spanish isn't perfect, but that's the best synopsis I can offer at 11:30 at night.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:26 AM
Politics and reduced funding seem to play a big part in these changes. I was interested in the comments on Malakhov, whom Duato describes as a "good friend.":
Last week Malakhov criticized the the subsecretary of culture of Berlin, the Social Democrat Andre Schmitz, for not having taken a clear political line in respect to his [Malakhov's] activity as director of the Staatsballett and for having delayed the renewal of his contract.
[Mayor] Wowereit responded indirectly ... , affirming that, even though Malakhov's regime was successful, his work was controversial. "Not everyone likes what he does." The cultural richness of this city is characterized by diversity."
Although the the city tried to convince Waltz to remain in Berlin, the government lacked the cultural funds to do so.
Trying to persuade Waltz to stay, while being quite willing to let Malakhov go -- these choices tell us something about the nature of cultural politics of Berlin nowadays. (It also tells us something about the consequences of German "austerity" budgets.) Polina Semionova's decision to move to ABT in New York seems to have been timely.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:56 AM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:23 AM
One cannot please all the people, all the time.
Berlin has a hard time anyway, with a large and diverse (for Germany) population and - as was mentioned - huge debts. -sigh-
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