My thoughts too Helene. It seemed the conductor was ignoring the dancer's and stagers tempo concerns, and the Dr. wasn't stepping up. What is the point of having him come to rehearsal? Same with the costume fitting schedule.
I hope this is just staged for TV, and not the way this co. normally functions.
I happened to get into a 'friendly' argument about this subject on YouTube. I tried to explain to people that it wasn't the Creative Director's place to tell off the Conductor in front of the ballet company and rehearsal staff (sounds like career suicide). But the young commentators said things like, "I think they need someone in place that can and will say to the conductor look get your #$@%! together or go home." I think we can all sympathize with the dancer's frustrations, but if Ballet West really wants to be a top level company, then all personnel will have to behave and perform like top professionals.
I personally have been really disappointed with the show's need to play up the reality TV aspects and basically use the ballet sequences as props. As I mentioned on YouTube, "The show is missing out on a rare, excellent opportunity to educate the TV audience about the world of ballet. Instead, we get 80% young adult relationship angst, and 20% ballet bits and pieces with no explanations for anything that is being seen. Really dumb." My only correction to this statement now would be 90% relationships and 10% ballet. The finale used 3 to 4 second edits of dances compiled into no more than 40 seconds of footage. "WTF?" as my young YouTube friends would say.
Audience members who have no background in ballet or the music of ballet don't learn a thing. What is Paquita, and why do they dress in that fashion? How is Emeralds different from Paquita? Why did they pick these ballets to do? Who is the 'stager'? Does the stager work for Adam, the Creative Director? Why does anything happen the way that it does?!!! I feel for them, I really do.