Turnover at Boston Ballet
Posted 26 February 2002 - 11:48 AM
[quote]Mikko Nissinen won't arrive in town for good until April, but the Boston Ballet's incoming artistic director is already working to put his team in place. Nissinen has let go of six of the company's 43 dancers and decided not to renew contracts for three of its four instructors. The fourth, chief ballet master Jorden Morris, will leave for another company.
Posted 26 February 2002 - 11:56 AM
What is the feeling there about Nissinen? Has the repertory for next season been announced yet?
Posted 26 February 2002 - 01:08 PM
Posted 26 February 2002 - 01:14 PM
Posted 26 February 2002 - 05:25 PM
Losing Jorden Morris is unfortunate but not surprising given his strengths and Nissinen's need to be the company leader, and probably Morris' interest in being in a lead role somewhere. Again, my assumption about events.
So in general, while some of the changes may be sad, change is inevitable and expected. Nowhere near as shocking as some of the changes Guilguid made last year.
By the way, we just finished seeing Maina Guilguid's Giselle. She evidently had a good experience working with the dancers and staff at Boston despite last year's troubles. The produciton was well received by audiences and positively reviewed in the papers. We saw it several times and it was beautiful
Posted 26 February 2002 - 09:38 PM
Posted 27 February 2002 - 07:37 PM
Posted 28 February 2002 - 10:42 AM
Jorden Morris was a tremendous stabilizing influence and is highly regarded by many of the dancers. Tatiana Terekhova and Sergei Berejnoi are adored by many of the dancers. It's not possible to speak for everyone, but replacing every member of the artistic staff was clearly not something many of the dancers expected.
There are still important unkowns at Boston Ballet, both the rep and the artistic staff, so it's not really possible to know what to think, yet. Some of the dancers have understandably expressed reluctance to sign their contracts without knowing this information.
Posted 24 April 2002 - 08:55 PM
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