Ettiene Diaz, who was hired this past fall, is Eddy's brother and Samantha's brother-in-law. All in the family?
Angel Corella appointed AD of Pennsylvania Ballet
Posted 28 October 2014 - 04:32 AM
Posted 28 October 2014 - 04:54 AM
I am not sure. I have skimmed through some of the AGMA contracts, but never looked into that before. I know other AGMA companies have hired part way through the season.
Posted 28 October 2014 - 08:30 AM
I think the standard contract has a renewal date in the spring (where either the company or the dancer can sever the relationship) but many companies have used variations on that template. In the last few years, PNB has staggered promotions (some official from the beginning of the season and some later in the year), and has announced that a dancer will be joining the company in the autumn, but they will not actually start until later in the season. Then there's the whole element of guest dancers -- they're not company members, but they do affect how members get cast.
I'm sure that there is some kind of emergency element in the standard contract -- dance is a risky undertaking, and if someone is injured part-way through the season, you can't always cover everything just by shuffling the existing performers.
Posted 28 October 2014 - 09:18 AM
There are three kinds of contracts: guaranteed employment, by performance, and weekly. The employer has the option to extend the amount of weeks with proper notice, etc. Dancers engaged at the beginning of the season on a guaranteed employment contract are guaranteed a certain number of weeks. There's nothing that prevents a company from hiring outside this time, but if a dancer is hired after mid-February, the standard evaluation and contract process for the next season is impossible, and perhaps the company must hire the dancer on a weekly contract for the remainder of the season.
In the event the EMPLOYER replaces the then current Artistic Director each ARTIST employed by EMPLOYER at the time of such change shall be guaranteed reengagement at the ARTIST's current rank for the season immediately following such change.
As far as hiring family and friends, that's a long-standing tradition in ballet, in business in general, in college admissions (ie "legacy" students), etc.
Posted 28 October 2014 - 09:43 AM
'twas ever thus... the hiring of family members, friends & lovers... there are examples throughout the history of ballet...
But it's better when the family member fills an opening, than when someone is let go to make room for the family member. There are diplomatic ways of drawing on the talent resources of friends and family, and then there is what happened to Gribler, DeGregory, Hadley, Sheridan & Juska.
Posted 28 October 2014 - 12:58 PM
Also according to the contract any dancers contracted when the AD change was made is entitled to stay the following season, which would be the current one. Administration would have to go through the normal contractual firing procedures to get rid a contracted dancer during the contract. That should mean that anyone under contract at the end of April was entitled to a contract for this season at the rank when the change was made, and if taken literally, this would mean dancers who were not re-upped by the old AD. I'm not sure whether this was the intent, but it could mitigate the impact of an embittered outgoing AD on a dancer's career and give him or her a chance under a new AD.
Staff is a different story and not covered by the AGMA contract.
Posted 28 October 2014 - 01:14 PM
Angel doesn't seem to be interested in diplomacy, based on the way things have gone down since he took over.
Posted 05 November 2014 - 09:20 PM
Jackson is a colleague with a very breezy style, but I thought this comment, from a member of the hiring committee, was quite interesting.
"Months before this decision, I asked one of the committee members if they’d consider someone like a William Forsythe; he told me, “We would not appoint a choreographer. We don’t want to see the ballet turn into someone’s playpen.”"
Posted 05 November 2014 - 10:53 PM
well, that's unsettling. I have no objection to their final choice, but what if Ratmansky had applied?
Posted 31 March 2015 - 08:35 AM
I saw the program info for next season in the Links section. The programs seem so interesting and excellent I may have to hop an Amtrak to Philadelphia to see the company.
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