Hong Kong Ballet seeks new artistic director as Madeleine Onne steps down
Onne, who took over in early 2009, says she is leaving behind a company well known for its high standards. Highlights of her tenure include Yuri Ng’s The Frog Prince and Ricky Hu’s Bolero
Madeleine Onne is to step down as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet after nearly eight years at the helm of the government-subsidised troupe. A global search committee has been set up by the company’s board of governors to identify possible successors. It is not clear when a replacement will be in place.
Onne, a former artistic director of the Royal Swedish Ballet, said in a statement that the decision had not been easy but that, having led Hong Kong Ballet since May 2009, she felt that “for me and my family it is time to move on”.
“I will leave a company that internationally has become well known for its high artistic and technical standard, its dancers’ high working morale and the wonderful working atmosphere,” she added.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing under Onne. Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker (2012), commissioned for the troupe, pulled in the crowds but was regarded by critics as a poor replacement for Stephen Jefferies’ more artistically acclaimed version.
Daisy Ho, chairwoman of the board, said that, with her strong leadership and experience, Onne had made “impressive contributions to the company ... turning it into the artistically vibrant and highly reputed dance institution [it is] today locally and internationally.”