oh dear, francis...what a topic!!!
<P>what a time to ASK!<P>YES, ted is artistic director of west australian ballet. he is a LOVELY man, very enthusiastic, personable, open and friendly (not to mention attractive...)
<P>he MUST be good at his job - which is a big ask of someone so relatively young, and new to this country and the company. (don't ask me his age, but i think he is someone who will always LOOK under 30!) <P>inevitably, he would not have known about the context he was coming into here, so far across the world from his previous haunts (which is NOT meant to mean anything ominous, just that EVERY place is different, and there is a lot to learn ANYWHERE, no matter how much you know about any job by its narrower definition).<P>the company looks very good under his directorship (although it DID before, too!). but at least standards have not slipped - put it that way. he appears to be most ably assisted by judy maelor-thomas, a benesh notator (and ex-dancer who trained on the RBS TTC) who came with ted from dutch national ballet. she is his associate director here, and obviously a valuable, knowledgeable and dedicated one.<P>his programming, to me, shows up the tightness of the company's funds at present- which is NOT HIS fault - just an observation. certainly he is doing MORE THAN a creditable job with a difficult financial situation - which must be common to ballet companies the world over at the moment, especially small ones (WA Ballet has 17 dancers). <P>he is also a very competent choreographer, who has provided audience enjoyment and impressed some reviewers, so in those terms his record here IS good, yes. <P>i particularly enjoyed his 'carmen' last year, but have found other works (including 'bach moves') less interesting - although VERY well-crafted, i hasten to add. so he obviously has talent, there.<P>re the AB: I for one certainly hope THIS position will go to an australian (and also, since you asked, to someone with more experience).<P>you may like to see the company's website <A HREF="http://www.waballet.com.au/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.waballet.com.au/</A> for further information.<P><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited April 11, 2000).]