Many thanks for alerting us to this exciting news, Aurora. I am very pleased for Washington and Kaiser, but I do wish that we could have had at least another couple of years to continue the much needed transformation of the ROH. However, he leaves the house in much better shape than when he arrived and I think that most arts fans in the UK are very grateful to him for that.
Apart from his financial and financial sytems transformation, he gained the confidence of the dancers in a way that none of his predecessors had done, simply by being interested in what they were doing. In addition he listened to the counsel of those who wanted to open up the ROH and the RB to modern dance and this has produced some excellent work in the Linbury theatre and the Clore Studio.
Here is the link to our earlier discussions about his leaving the ROH. http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=000073
And here is the NY Times spin on the story: http://www.nytimes.com/library/arts/071900kaiser-kennedy.html
If you have not done so already, you will need to register (free) with the NY Times site first. The NY Times seems to have lengthened the availability period for their articles. Pleaselet us know if you find that this link is dead.
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