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IT seems strange now, but when David McAllister was anointed the new director of the Australian Ballet in 2001, it was seen as a bold choice. McAllister had had no experience as a director and little overseas career experience, except as a guest performer. Instead, he had spent his whole career, his whole life really, within the familiar embrace of the company. His work colleagues were his friends, his employees would probably be his friends. And he was amiable and popular – not necessarily good characteristics for a leader who may have to make unpopular decisions.

But he has proved to be a calm

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