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  2. As someone who is gay and openly gay in the South and in education (a field where many find it harder to be open) I find it absurd to be gay and closeted in the performing arts in NYC in 2017.......it boggles the mind. I took lgbt high school students and their parents to meet with school board members way before anti-bullying iniatives were popular and mainstream. They were getting harassed and beat up and the schools they attended were not doing anything about it. I was shocked by these kids' stories and took them to meet school board members to tell what they are going through (getting beat up simply because other kids assumed they were gay without them necessarily admitting it). Other teachers thought I was risking my career, but hearing what these kids went through (fearing for their physical safety on a daily basis) made me not worry about my career. They needed an adult who showed them he is not afraid to be who he is and stand up for them to the school board. After those experiences I have no patience for people who worry about their careers after hearing about what these kids went through.
  3. Fairchild has 26,900 followers on instagram. If he did not want certain information to be public, he should not have posted and commented on a public facing medium.
  4. The Arthur Pita choreography has gotten fairly good notices – it's the cluster of ballets with violence against women at the Royal Ballet that was the issue. Pherank you're right about the old plot device but a lot of fine choreographers have passed on it – too many other much fresher things for them to work with. And Jennings does say, "Elsewhere in the British arts establishment, the question of female agency in performance is a live topic. At Covent Garden, it’s not even a conversation." Some of this choreography is by gay males – so I'm wondering what that says: a kind of internalized lessened self-regard, or a preemptive move of some sort, or a kind of beating the other choreographers at their own game? Somewhat related to this the Washington Post today has opinion piece by Allison Yarrow on the misogeny of Saturday Night Live writers – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/20/al-frankens-saturday-night-live-era-was-full-of-jokes-disparaging-women/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.7e63ba2b0f47
  5. Uh these were not paparazzi photos. They're photos they themselves posted on their own public-facing pages that anyone with access to the internet could have seen. If it was a "personal" matter they could have handled their social media the way many celebs' do -- posting only career-related photos. Anyway it's a moot point. I apologize if I offended them but these weren't private photos on a personal Facebook page. These were photos anyone with internet access could have seen. And if it was so "sensitive" maybe they should have thought before posting them?
  6. Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck...........

    well the most sensible thing would have been to not post all of their most sensitive photos just to prove your point. It is truly a personal matter, especially for a burgeoning performing artist trying to make a career in musical theater, not to mention all the loved ones who are directly and indirectly involved. What you did in my opinion was regrettable.
  7. Today
  8. Well I have been blocked by Ashley and Robbie on Instagram. I guess for posting those photos? I am surprised they found out my instagram handle but if they are reading this: I apologize I did not mean to hurt anyone's feelings or anything of that sort. I just thought that since those photos were public that they were okay to post. I am a big fan of Robbie's dancing and support him in all his future endeavors, personal and career-wise.
  9. Yesterday
  10. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    I too ordered the DVD and loved the extras, especially the performance footage and the conversation with Wendy. One part of the film I thought was so moving was when Wendy made her "comeback" in 2014 Albert Evans ran down the corridor to welcome her back, his face overflowing with tears. Evans was obviously a nurturing figure to many of the dancers (he plays the same role in Ballet 422), and it's hard to believe that less than a year later Albert would also be gone
  11. Ratmansky R&J Coming Up - Casting a Mystery !

    According to the Bolshoi website, Semyon Chudin has withdrawn from Romeo and Juliet and been replaced by Artemy Belyakov. Chudin has had some recent physical issues and one hopes this is not due to a recurrence. Belyakov will partner Obraztsova on November 26th, according to her website.
  12. SFB 2017-18 season

    SFB sent out an email today about adding an evening Nutcracker on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, available to the general public tomorrow.
  13. Executive Director position description

    Just announced via e-mail: Shelly Power will be the new Executive Director: http://paballet.org/welcome-shelly-power-named-executive-director-pennsylvania-ballet
  14. Placing females in 'precarious' situations (usually violent), sometimes to be rescued by 'heroic' males, is one of the oldest and most overused plot devices in the arts. Certainly the film world has been over-relying on this approach since its inception. I think modern ballet is simply echoing what has worked elsewhere. Originality is hard to come by in all times. The article specifically mentions Arthur Pita, known as 'the David Lynch of dance'. Lynch himself was long accused of creating scenes of gratuitous violence against women in his films, but that interpretation somewhat misses the mark - Lynch's latest work, Twin Peaks: The Return makes it fairly clear that, in Lynch's view, females are a constant target of predators and manipulators, and males are the main instigators of this brutality (but not males alone). And males are shown to be pawns of greater forces - not the "masters of their own fate" as is constantly depicted in stories. Males in European-based cultures have been especially enamored of the whole notion of "mastery" over situations and other people, but that notion is mostly a chimera, imo. [I never thought about it before, but it's interesting that the "chimera" was always a female monster.]
  15. Keeping Up With SFB Veterans

    Congratulations to Ms. Maffre! A very talented individual - I think she will be a real asset to the organization. I've long wondered about the relationship between SFB and AKLB - SFB soloists often end up at some point doing barre, rehearsing or posing for photo shoots over at AKLB. There seems to be an open door policy for Bay Area ballet dancers at the AKLB studio.
  16. Monday, November 20

    James Whiteside and Isaac Mizrahi talk about coming out (and coming way out).
  17. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    I add my thanks for the details about the DVD extras. I was interested in the surgery footage and thought it was courageous of Whelan to let us see her at her most vulnerable. I cannot speak to the resemblance to medical reality shows because I have not seen any, but I thought the sequences in the film were tastefully handled and not overly graphic. I also liked what the doctor had to say in the operating room about ballerinas.
  18. The topic of violence against women on stage has come up again with the Royal Ballet's production of Arthur Pita's "The Wind." As posted in Sunday links, Luke Jennings in "Royal Triple Bill – and Yet More Sexual Violence" notes that – https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/nov/12/royal-ballet-mixed-bill-review-arthur-pita-twyla-tharp Hannah Furness (also citing Burke's essay) summarizes the responses – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/12/royal-ballet-accused-gratuitous-abuse-audiences-despair-rape/ So what it that makes violence against women a go-to dramatic device in contemporary ballets – at least in big opera house venues? This doesn't seem to be the case with small companies, at least as I can glean from watching clips at Jacob's Pillow. With British choreographers is it a sort of Francis Bacon existentialism intensification and activization of the choreographic narrative? etc etc
  19. Official sources only are allowed here. Other internet forums are not official sources.
  20. This isn't about comfort, which is a discussion of the discussion. We're not a fan board, and dancers and families read here at their own risk. If anyone has an issue with a post, there is a "report" button. We review reported posts and, if we agree, we delete, move, edit, etc.
  21. Nutcracker Casting

    I believe it is that same cast.
  22. Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck...........

    Honestly, I would have preferred their relationship be discussed in the “Robert Fairchild in American in Paris” thread instead of in this one. I can imagine that it’s uncomfortable for Day to have people his relationship with Fairchild being discussed in the same place that people discussed Fairchild & Peck’s. Although, I don’t know that this thread was the reason some pictures were taken down.
  23. yup If you don't want to be the subject of gossip, better not to participate at all.
  24. Keeping Up With SFB Veterans

    Good news for all concerned!
  25. They were public facing instagram posts where Robbie was also commenting on the posts. If they wanted to hide their personal friendship/relationship public-facing pictures of them together as well as captions and comments isn't a very effective way to hide that relationship.
  26. From the photos and text originally posted on social media weeks ago, they are, and that was already established earlier in the thread, but I interpreted the question differently, which is why I answered the way I did.
  27. They were commenting back and forth on each other's posts, so it's unlikely that one of them was making anything public without the other's knowledge or permission. More likely they just didn't think (or were too swept up in things to be mindful of the fact) that their public postings would get quite so much attention (which is odd, since surely they both know that many of their followers aren't personal acquaintances). Interestingly, it was only after getting attention here on Ballet Alert that various weeks-old postings were subsequently edited or deleted.
  28. That's all? Just a professional connection? I thought that they were also personal friends, from the looks of the posted photos.
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