The story that will not die: Boston Ballet
Posted 15 April 2001 - 11:54 AM
Tumult at the Top Leaves the Boston Ballet in a Whirl
Have patience and read through to page 2 of this article, and learn the "ranking" (based on budget and number of dancers only) of several of our major American companies.
Posted 18 April 2001 - 04:37 PM
Posted 18 April 2001 - 04:42 PM
Was anyone else surprised that Boston Ballet has the fourth biggest budget of American ballet companies?
Posted 18 April 2001 - 09:11 PM
Posted 19 April 2001 - 05:18 AM
I don't understand the logic of hiring new dancers (at the recent, artistic directorless audition) to replace those let go; it doesn't seem to be a move toward consolidation.
From the dancers' perspective it's somewhat of a leap of faith - although they know what to expect in terms of rep for next season, a company without an artistic director is in a somewhat weakened position, no matter who else claims to be in charge. Certainly not a position to enfold - much less develop - a new group of dancers.
[ 04-19-2001: Message edited by: Sonora ]
Posted 19 April 2001 - 09:16 AM
The one unanswered question for me that matter is, why was Holmes let go? I'm not trying to make a case for or against Holmes as a director; I don't know enough to do so. But if the stated goal of the company's management (which, of course, doesn't include its artistic management) is to have more story ballets for its audience and international prestige for whatever reasons it thinks that is necessary, what was Holmes doing wrong? And why have they vacuumed her ballets out of the rep? There's something going on there.
Posted 21 April 2001 - 12:36 AM
I also found it interesting that the BB relies so heavily on ticket sales in their budget. Organizations like the NYCB rely far more heavily on donations - particularly, I would think, from Board members. I'm sure a seat on the NYCB board, except for those with exceptional 'talents' that could be used to benefit the company, "costs" a fair amount of money. A serious financial "stake" in a company means that one will work hard to ensure its success. Clearly the Boston Board members aren't required to 'contribute' to the same extent as in NY. :rolleyes:
Posted 21 April 2001 - 01:30 AM
Posted 22 April 2001 - 12:13 AM
Posted 22 April 2001 - 09:49 AM
In the Jan. 2000 Globe article, Babcock clearly is talking (or at least made to sound like it is he who is talking) out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously.
An arts administrator talking out of both sides of his mouth? I'm shocked.
Posted 22 April 2001 - 01:15 PM
Posted 18 August 2001 - 04:00 PM
August 18, 2001
Alberta Ballet director quits, possibly for job in Boston
by Michael Crabb
Mikko Nissinen, artistic director of the Calgary-based Alberta Ballet, resigned
yesterday amid rumours that he has been offered the equivalent post at Boston Ballet.
[ 08-18-2001: Message edited by: Allegrovitch ]
Posted 18 August 2001 - 06:47 PM
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