Colorado Ballet Defends Decision to Replace Artistic Director

Classic Arts News   Colorado Ballet Defends Decision to Replace Artistic Director
In an op-ed article in the Rocky Mountain News, James C. Ruh and Christin Crampton Day, co-chairs of the Colorado Ballet, defended the company's decision to replace artistic director Martin Fredmann.

Fredmann resigned in October after the board voted to replace him, and turned down the board's offer of an artistic director emeritus. According to Fredmann, the termination was abrupt and without explanation.

Ruh and Day disagree. "This decision was not taken lightly," they wrote. "Although some media reports have suggested this was a rash decision, in reality it was made through a long and thoughtful process." The decision to replace Fredmann, they said, was made by unanimous vote of the board, which also decided, out of respect for Fredmann, not to make public the reason for that decision.

Colorado Ballet will continue to pay Fredmann for the use of some of his works.

According to Ruh and Day, the company has already received "numerous applications" for the artistic director position.

The company faces a number of administrative and financial difficulties, including a $700,000 debt.

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