Labor Pains at TWB
Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:51 AM
Posted 03 January 2006 - 11:45 AM
Posted 03 January 2006 - 02:26 PM
Such a horrible situation.
Posted 07 January 2006 - 02:57 PM
Wonder if Palmquist would have been so quick to reject Michael Kaiser's offer to help ("it's too soon to mediate") if he had been denied benefits. I wonder just what he deems sufficient time. This gets worse and worse......
Posted 07 January 2006 - 04:05 PM
Posted 07 January 2006 - 04:53 PM
We won't start to get anywhere near the whole truth on this unpleasant matter until one or both sides go to law, witnesses are sworn and testify and are cross-examined. And maybe not then.
I am trying to maintain a rigorous impartiality in this matter, and believe that something foul is going on, but I'm not certain where it is, or even what, or within whom it lies.
Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:20 PM
It seems like the shelf life a dancer is so short that 3 year contracts might not work well for a company without a secure endowment (as I assume most ballet companies in this country are).
And then I started wondering about Europe where presumably things are more stable. How does job security work at the Paris Opera?
How does it work for professional ball players... presumably they have a short career span (compared to say insurance brokers) as well... but then again, there's that business about trading players... haven't figured out how that might play out in the dance world...
Posted 07 January 2006 - 11:50 PM
Posted 08 January 2006 - 10:29 AM
Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:16 PM
Washington Ballet's Labor Problems Jar Dance World
by Elizabeth Blair
Weekend Edition - Saturday, January 7, 2006 · Ballet companies around the country are watching a strike at the Washington Ballet with anxiety. The dancers' union feels an overly demanding work schedule is causing injuries, and union reps are pushing to organize companies around the country.
Posted 09 January 2006 - 01:39 PM
So at the Paris Opera, how are dancers who cease to be desirable eliminated from the line-up? Or are they allowed to remain? Or is this why there is the mandatory retirement age there?
Actually, it seems to me that though the POB dancers are paid by the state, they are not exactly civil servants, but I'm not sure (perhaps cygneblanc knows better ?) It is very rare that a dancer gets fired, but it can happen, I remember reading that if a dancer was considered as unable to do his/her job properly, there was some sort of commission which could fire him/her, it happened a few times. But there probably also are some dancers in the corps de ballet who are cast very seldom. (Also, besides "regular" dancers, there are a few dancers on short-term contracts, whose contract might not be renewed).
But I guess it doesn't make much sense to compare the POB, with its huge budget and state subsidies (I suspect that even if there were a few incompetent dancers, they salaries would be very very little compared to what is spent for operas...), and with the French labour laws, with companies from other countries.
Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:47 AM
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