by John Stoehr
While the Boston Ballet was gearing up for its performance at Spoleto, news broke out that the company would be forced to "downsize" its corps by nine dancers. Some wondered if that would have any bearing on BB's Spoleto performance. Jill Bahr, of the Charleston Ballet Theatre, took the time to tell me not long ago that it would be not — contracts are good through the end of the season, she said. In the future, well, that's a different story. Other changes brought some other negative scrutiny to bear on the ensemble: the executive director up and leaves for Australia in March and the whole operation was moved to a new venue. The Boston Phoenix, City Paper's counterpart in Beantown, has an interview with the BB's artistic director Mikko Nissinen. Have a look.