In early July news was leaked to the press of a secret internal study of workplace conditions at the Royal Danish Ballet, which alleged that artistic director Nikolaj Hübbe had a serious cocaine problem and that drug abuse had spread throughout the dance corps. However, large sections of the now-publicised report have been censored out – including almost all the passages about Hübbe.
One uncensored paragraph in the report's summary, however, refers to the drug problems:
Escalating drug abuse problems among dancers over the past two years, among these escalating problems with cocaine abuse. It is important to emphasise here that people not employed by the ballet, but with various connections to the ballet, have also reported rising concerns about the escalating drug abuse problems.”
via Royal Theatre releases ballet cocaine report
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.