November 12th, 2009 5:33 pm | by KELLY CLARKE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

"Sometimes People Don't Click": Phil Busse No Longer White Bird's GM


Phil Busse, former Mercury editor, former mayoral candidate/mayoral campaign manager, sign plucker and panty model, is no longer the general manager of White Bird Dance, after only six months in the position. Byron Beck broke the news that Busse was let go near the end of last month on his spiffy new blog this afternoon.

"Phil brought some really good new ideas for us. But after his six month review we agreed that it wasn't working out to either of our satisfaction. We agreed to go our separate ways," said Whitebird co-founder Walter Jaffe. "Sometimes people don't click. It's a chemistry thing."

Jaffe said the break did not have to do with Busse's lack of arts background, but rather was simply a bad fit for the powerhouse dance presenter, which has brought everybody from Merce Cunningham to Lyon Opera Ballet to town over the past decade.

The position, which was designed to manage many of Jaffe and co-founder Paul King's day-to-day duties so the dance-crazy duo could focus on "fund raising, programming and working with the community" has not been filled yet.

"We're way open," says Jaffe. "We have agreed that the person needs to have some arts background, someone who feels connected to the arts and dance if possible. It's very open."

Whatever the outcome, the presenters' show last night at the Schnitz, Shen Wei Dance Arts, was a hit, at least, according to WW reviewer Kate Williams. White Bird's next show is also the kickoff to this year's Uncaged Series, which features unconventional dance groups in oddball settings, from Oaks Park to the YWCA. Wednesday, Dec. 2 brings Montreal's Daniel Léveillé Danse at the Leftbank Project.
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