IN SEARCH OF SUPPORT

Alberta Ballet faces a life-threatening deficit. The company’s “financial problems reflect an inability to match expansionary artistic ambitions with the realities of its fundraising prospects. Calgary is a rich city in a rich province. On a per capita basis, its citizens support charitable causes as generously as does any other Canadian city, but they are notoriously niggardly when it comes to supporting Calgary’s struggling non-profit arts groups.” National Post 09/26/01

SUZANNE FARRELL – FROM DANCER TO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

“The greatest ballerina this country has produced is moving into a new sphere as a leader. The woman who for nearly 30 years did what she was told is now calling the shots. For dance lovers, her arrival here as artistic director of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet – an entity conceived and wholly funded by the Kennedy Center – is as momentous as basketball great Michael Jordan moving in to run the Wizards.” Washington Post 09/26/01

NORTHERN PLUCK

The UK’s Northern Ballet has had a string of bad luck. “During the past three years the Leeds-based touring company has had to cope with the death of its long-time artistic director Christopher Gable, the departure of his replacement, and arson. How did it survive such a string of soap opera adversities?” The Times (UK) 09/18/01