Scottish ballet faces feuds. (News).
There's not been so much bitter feuding in the highlands and lowlands of Scotland since Mel Gibson Noun 1. Mel Gibson - Australian actor (born in the United States in 1956)
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Gibson
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. brandished his sword and sporran in Braveheart. At the end of the summer, an unwelcome spotlight fell on the Scottish Ballet Scottish Ballet is Scotland's national ballet company, based in Glasgow. History
Founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West as Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957, the Company moved to Glasgow in 1969 and was renamed Scottish Theatre Ballet, changing to Scottish when its artistic director, Robert North, was suddenly informed by the British Home Office that he had just ten days to leave the country or face a prison sentence. The timing of this brouhaha came swiftly on the heels of an announcement by Scottish Ballet that its board was planning a radical change of direction for the company's repertoire and style for next season.
North's travails were due to a mix-up in the company's paperwork. The American-born director, who was hired by the Scottish Ballet two years ago, had apparently been working under a "leave-to-stay" order rather than the necessary work permit. As the deadline for deportation approached and headline banners hit the newsstands, North's cause was taken up by the Scottish Parliament
For the national legislative body up to 1707, see Parliament of Scotland.
The Scottish Parliament (Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba; Scots: Scottish Pairlament , who demanded that the arts minister, Allan Wilson For other persons of the same name, see Alan Wilson (disambiguation).
Allan Wilson (1934–1991) was a pioneer in the use of molecular approaches to understand evolutionary change and reconstruct phylogenies. , put pressure on the Home Office in London to renege on Verb 1. renege on - fail to fulfill a promise or obligation; "She backed out of her promise"
go back on, renege, renegue on
countermand, repeal, rescind, revoke, annul, vacate, reverse, overturn, lift - cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; the order. In the nick of time, these efforts, together with legal submissions from the company, proved successful. Not only was North saved from packing his bags but, more important, he escaped the possibility of being ineligible to ever work in Europe again.
"It's been an absolutely horrible experience for him and for his wife," a spokesman from the company told Dance Magazine. "But everything has been completely resolved. Robert has his work permit and has started back at work." A new season and a saved director, maybe, but the company's troubles don't end there.
The company's classical ballet Noun 1. classical ballet - a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
ballet, concert dance - a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers roots are to be pulled up in favor of contemporary dance. North, whose contract is due to end in 2002, said the decision, made without his involvement, was "a stitch-up, unethical, and possibly illegal." The dancers expressed dismay and concern about their futures, and outsiders have called the decision "misguided." Many others fear that this means Scotland will not have a national dance company anytime soon. The SB spokesman told Dance Magazine that the company was planning to act as both presenter and producer--presenting its own contemporary works while also bringing other outside companies to perform the pure classics.
Scottish Ballet has never trod an easy path. It was founded in 1969 when Peter Darrell Peter Darrell CBE, a ballet choreographer who founder of the Scottish Ballet, was born at Richmond, Surrey, on September 16 1929 and died in Glasgow on December 2 1987. For almost four decades had been one of the most productive and imaginative talents in British Ballet. transferred his Bristol-based Western Theatre Ballet to Glasgow. But Scottish funders found the repertoire too controversial--they wanted pure classics. Darrell obliged, but he added his own touches of realism to them--Swan Lake, for example, became a drug-induced reverie.
The company constantly struggled with lack of funding but enjoyed enough success to attract guest stars such as Margot Fonteyn
The search for a new director was far from easy. Dance icons like ballet's punkrebel Michael Clark, America's Gelsey Kirkland, and Mark Morris were rumored to have shown interest. Nanette Glushak from NYCB NYCB New York City Ballet
NYCB New York Community Bank , Galina Samsova, and Scottish Ballet dancer Kenn Burke took the reins at different periods. Then in 1999, the board appointed North.
North danced with London Contemporary Dance Theatre The London Contemporary Dance Theatre was a contemporary dance company, based at The Place, which was founded by Robin Howard during the 1970s and based on the ideas of Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham. and Martha Graham and is a prolific choreographer--his most famous international work is Troy Games. At Scottish Ballet, he was hailed as being the savior of the thirty-six strong company. However, more recently he has been accused of mediocrity, and his contract has not been renewed. Scottish Ballet desperately needs a new leader--not necessarily the bare-kneed, kilted kilt
1. A knee-length skirt with deep pleats, usually of a tartan wool, worn as part of the dress for men in the Scottish Highlands.
2. A similar skirt worn by women, girls, and boys.
tr.v. kind but one who will restore trust and loyalty in its dancers, its board, its sponsors, and especially its audiences, who will now have to change their traditional views of dance.