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#1 Nanarina

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:56 AM

I have just returned from a quick trip to Paris  to see the programme above, and was very disappointed to learn that the performance had been cancelled due to a strike by the Dancer's.   We were sent to the Box office to claim reimbursement of our ticket price. But no explanation of the reason this drastic action  was taken by the performers which totally ruined the audiences evening.    I was wondering if any of our French members know more about the situation .  There are now some interesting video's posted showing excerpts from the work, featuring Aurelie Dupont and Nicholas Le Riche which makes it even more regrettable that we were unable to see the performance we had booked to attend,



#2 pherank

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

How frustrating is that?!

 

I happened to be reading comments from some people complaining about last-minute casting changes at another company's performance (and they were definitely angry comments), but to fly to Paris and see nothing at all - that would definitely make me crazy.

 

I'm not seeing any information regarding the strike, but I did see this article about Dorothee Gilbert being named etoile during a strike performance (with minimal costumes and sets):

 

http://www.google.co...__o6DIgrA?hl=en

 

Amusing in retrospect only.



#3 silvermash

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 02:06 PM

I’m not fully aware of all the details but there are big threats over the unemployment compensation regime of people working in the arts (artists and technicians). Two De Mille/Cullberg shows have been cancelled, February 27 and March 12. 



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 07:34 PM

Wow. I thought the Paris Opera dancers were very well taken care of. Perhaps not. Wonder what Millipied thinks of this.

#5 sandik

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:31 PM

Indeed -- what a time to start a new job!



#6 silvermash

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:54 PM

This is a general movement in the arts right now. Dancers are not the only elements in a show, this is the entire profession which is threaten.

As Millepied, he probably knows the trade unions are strong in the Paris Opera, it's well known! 



#7 Nanarina

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 08:00 AM

Since getting back from Paris, I have reviewed  the situation and researched strikes at the time.  I found out there was 2 strikes  to be instigated by the Public Employees Union including the 12th March  for 24 hours. In connection with the Hellas-France Alliance a cultural association between the two countries.  In support of the Greek economic situation.  Quite frankly this astounds me, and I strongly object to being effected by  something I do not subscribe to or  have no connection with.    The performance was still showing on the Internet before I left home that morning, with the availability to book.   I find it un acceptable for the Opera to invite international audiences then treat them like this with no warning whatsoever,   We were able to get our ticket and programme money back, but that still leaves me nearly 300 euro's out of pocket for nothing.   The fact that the audience provide support and valuable income to the organisation  seems to have no meaning to them, they may well be subsidized   by the government, but without the revenue from performances and friends  of the Opera  their financial standing would be very different.  I am very much in support of people's rights but cutting off half the hand that provides for you does not make for a better workman.



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Posted 21 March 2014 - 08:31 AM

We have so few major strikes in the US any more that we forget about their impact. Many thousands of tourists, both domestic and international, did get a nasty introduction to government shutdowns here for 16 days in October 2013.

 

I'm not pointing a (political) finger at anybody for any of this -- just saying that travel of any kind comes with risks. It never hurts to have a Plan B. I can remember having my heart set on seeing certain paintings at a museum I was visiting, only to learn that they were out on loan for another exhibit. And ballet lovers are used to favorite dancers cancelling at the last minute due to illness, injury, what have you.


Edited by California, 21 March 2014 - 08:42 AM.


#9 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 09:55 AM

If the Opera knew that the performances were canceled but didn't update the website until the last minute, that it is extremely frustrating, misleading and poor customer service. They should announce cancellations as soon as they know about them and they should do their best, within reason, to make sure everyone with tickets is aware of the cancellation.



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 01:19 PM

maybe the workers who update the website were part of the strike?



#11 silvermash

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 04:37 PM

Just two things.

I don't believe the opera went on strike to support Greek economy. It was not a General strike but a sector strike of the artistic trade unions. The Opera went on strike because employees believed their art is threaten.  To go on strike is never done lightly especially in the artistic domains where it's all about giving yourself to the audience. The high quality delivered by the artists of POB is a product of a system and perhaps we can trust them to know what to do to keep going this high quality.

As for the direction of the Opera, French law offers the right to strike and they have no say on this! Usually, they inform people as soon as they know. The cancellation of the 27th show has been known pretty late but the one of the 12th was known the day before ( I received a sms and an e-mail to inform me the 11th).



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 03:41 AM

are these strikes likely to continue? I am going to Paris mid-May and have tix for several performances.

#13 Jayne

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

Someone in France is always striking.  If it's not the dancers, it's the farmers, or the railway workers, or the dairymen.  It's just normal in France to strike, in the same way that it's normal in the US for someone to own an arsenal of guns that exceeds the grand total owned by the French Army.  



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 06:58 PM

Someone in France is always striking.  If it's not the dancers, it's the farmers, or the railway workers, or the dairymen.  It's just normal in France to strike, in the same way that it's normal in the US for someone to own an arsenal of guns that exceeds the grand total owned by the French Army.  

 

Zing!



#15 mussel

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:09 AM

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