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Stuart Sweeney

06-06-99, 04:27 PM (GMT)
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"Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director"
 
   We've been able to give our views and even vote on the individual who we feel should be the new Artistic Director.

Of course, the first step will be that a selection committee will draw up a list of the key criteria and tasks for a new Director. These could include:
- detailed knowledge of the RB repertoire
- previous experience of the AD role in another major company
- strong record of inter-personal skills and organisational ability to rebuild morale and work closely with the other members of the executive management team
- primary concern to be the existing repertoire and revivals
- primary concern to be fostering and commissioning new work
- track record as a choreographer
- excellent PR image

Which of these or other characteristics do you think are the most vital at this stage of the RBs history?


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  RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director felursus 09-06-99 3
     RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director susie 09-06-99 4
  RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director Eugene Merrett 06-06-99 1
     RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director Stuart Sweeney 06-06-99 2

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felursus

09-06-99, 04:47 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director"
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   Why "track record as a choreographer"? The trouble with having as a director someone whose main interest is choreography is that he (or she, for that matter)would tend to see dancers in the light of his/her personal choreographic intentions. If you look at companies led by choreographers the dancers all tend to look the same with few exceptions. And the dancers that are already there but who don't meet that person's vision of the "ideal" get shunted off to the side and dance less and less. Look at what the "need" to look like Suzanne Farrell did to Gelsey Kirlkand!


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susie

09-06-99, 10:36 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director"
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   Why a choreographer?

The Royal Ballet was one of the world's greatest companies when it had choreographers with artistic vision at the helm. That is what it currently most lacks.

Britain's national company cannot compete with great non-choreographic-vision lead institutions like Paris Opera Ballet or Kirov because it doesn't have either the economic resources of the one or the geographical dancer catchment of the other, or the political and cultural respect and prestige accorded to either. There is also a difference in temperament. Shouldn't a national company reflect that and be unique and better at what it does than anyone else, rather than a second rate imitation?

Can someone who has stayed within one arts institution all their working life have the necessary imagination and broader vision to lead that institution forward in a changing context, and understand what is fundamentally valuable and relevant in the tradition?


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Eugene Merrett

06-06-99, 08:05 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director"
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   The only person I think meets all that criteria is David Bintley.

If Bintley is not interested then perhaps in the short term we should consider a caretaker administrator until someone with real promise appears


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Stuart Sweeney

06-06-99, 10:32 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Criteria for the new RB Artistic Director"
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   Sorry if I was unclear Eugene, but I was not saying that these were *the* criteria, but asking people what they thought were the most critical ones at this stage of the RBs development.


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