There’s a major announcement being, er, announced at the National Ballet of Canada today at 3 p.m. today, presumably the naming of the artistic director who is replacing James Kudelka. Michael Posner in the Globe and Mail has the inside scoop: “Karen Kain, the country’s best-known and arguably best-loved ballerina, will today be named” to the position.
She was in many ways both the obvious and logical choice. Eight years after retiring from the stage and a career that spanned 27 years, Ms. Kain remains a major light in the international ballet firmament. Her name and credibility can thus be expected to lend some much needed sizzle to the National Ballet’s campaign for new subscribers.
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