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  1. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    And to continue that off-topic topic, an article about succession at Paris Review, and how it does and doesn't work well. Returning you to your regularly scheduled programming...
  2. Ratmansky Romeo&Juliet Premiere Wed 22 Nov

    Thanks for the link -- looking forward to seeing what Ratmansky has done with the ballet.
  3. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Nutcracker is its own world -- with that many performances, you need to cast deep, and many companies use it as a vehicle to give corps members a chance to dance above their usual pay grade. The trick at NYCB is to cast the season after Nut, where the grind of so many performances put a lot of people on an injured list.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    And this is a fundamental problem. Like the article by Dahlia Lithwick, even when we are not the victim of bad action, but "only" a witness, when we see that there are no substantial consequences, we learn that our culture will tolerate abuse. And we act in the future having absorbed that lesson.
  5. Newish to Ballet Appreciation

    You might want to check here as well -- BA ran a little conversation about the 1969 video of Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, and there's quite a bit of good information in the thread
  6. National Ugly Sweater Day

    I don't know -- I've seen worse (sweaters)
  7. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Without sounding like a vacuous optimist, I can say that things have indeed improved, incrementally in some cases. Young folk are right to be impatient with this, and to bring their sense of urgency to the issue. Previous generations of young folk have done that as well -- it's how progress gets made.
  8. "Sylvia": Saturday 16: Osipova/Muntagirov.

    Now that's good luck!
  9. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    All good points. On a slightly related tangent, this article by Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the Supreme Court for Slate, made me think hard about how these behaviors affect the field as a whole.
  10. Nutcracker 2017

    I know Nut can be kind of a grind, but it's great to see so many different people getting opportunities. If I had a really big budget and lots of free time, I'd be in the theater for several of these!
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Hearsay is inadmissible in court for a reason.
  12. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    "The City Ballet's board has been nothing if not supportive, and for now, Martins' job seems secure. "We have the highest regard for Peter and the deepest admiration for the work he has done, as we do for Darci," says Theodore C. Rogers, the board's chairman. "We believe they are doing everything that a prudent person would do to address the situation in which they find themselves." Gaslighting.
  13. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    This is just lovely -- thanks so much for posting it here. Bournonville is so very difficult, and when it's danced correctly, it looks like a decorous walk in the park.
  14. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I certainly want to see all those artists fully involved in teaching and coaching, but I don't want to lay the burden of the AD position on any of them. A few, like Farrell, have been running companies and would have had some experience with that (and you notice that she's closed up shop in part because she feels she doesn't want that job any more) -- most of them have not been in administration, and this is not the time in their life to learn that job. Depending on what the board discovers/decides in the next phase, this interim committee may be holding a place for Martins to return, or for a new director to be chosen. If it's a new director, I want it to be someone who has the potential for a long enough tenure to insure the health of the organization. I don't think we'd get that with someone from Martins' generation. I have a feeling that they're still working that out -- remember that the internet makes many of these decisions, which used to happen with a bit more deliberation, occur much more quickly than in the past. The scenery is whizzing by...
  15. Hello, ballet people

    One of the reasons we all come here is so we can hear about other places and companies, as well as obsess about our own.
  16. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    My dear -- I can only imagine how this has affected your life for all these years. We forget sometimes, as we live our daily lives and pursue our varied interests, that the people we share those interests with have full lives outside of our common concerns, and that sometimes those experiences are some of the harshest we can know. Thank you for speaking up, here and elsewhere. This: "We have arrived at a crisis point in time: I hope that NOW is the first time in the USA's history that justice stands the chance of being served in these matters." Absolutely!
  17. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Considering some of the people who are currently under investigation for sexual harassment/assault, looks don't have much to do with it. Like rape, it isn't about sex so much as it is about power.
  18. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Since neither of us were there, neither of us can have an informed opinion about the veracity of these claims.
  19. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    This comment from Ashley Judd, from the Time Magazine Person of the Year article: "'Were we supposed to call some fantasy attorney general of moviedom?' Judd asks. 'There wasn't a place for us to report these experiences.'"
  20. Sounds like a messy situation all around.
  21. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    That could be the best path -- we've probably all been in situations where a powerful leader is replaced without the right kind of planning made for a transition. No matter how significant the next individual is, there's almost always a rocky period. A friend of mine does this now as her regular gig with social service organizations. She's a professional interim director -- she helps people assess where they are, fix immediate problems and run their search for new leadership. She has a great time, and has seen the inside of multiple organizations, but has a specific timeframe for her commitment.
  22. Keeping Up With...

    That may indeed be so. We had an example of that here in Seattle, with a jazz dance company whose founding director left -- the board really wanted someone who would raise the profile of the group, and that's what they got. But it meant that they had almost 100% turnover in the company, and an all-new repertory. The dust from that transition has settled, and the group is indeed doing some wonderful work, but it was a painful process
  23. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Yes, this is a fast breaking topic, and added to the rest of the political scene and the season, many of us are getting whiplash just trying to follow along with the song sheet. What do I want for Christmas? A break! I agree with your agreement here, about the need to bring the next generation along into administration and direction. It's a healthy timing, and a smart way to access fundamental knowledge about evolving audiences. But having said that, I want them to be have a wide variety of experiences before they come to run the 800 pound gorilla that is NYCB. There have in the past been successful companies founded and/or run by dancers, and certainly the history of modern dance is stuffed full of choreographer-led groups, but these are not the only models available at the beginning of the 21st century. I know that NYCB has a large cohort of skilled ballet masters -- they have an intimate knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the company, of scheduling, of repertory building and coordination -- are any of them considered for this kind of position? I know that Balanchine spent a chunk of time cultivating Martins, talking with him about casting and coaching and administration (much as Diaghilev educated the your choreographers in his employ) -- has Martins been doing that kind of development with anyone? I'm not close enough to the company to know, but my impression is not yet. In some ways, this eruption could jump start a process that should have already been developing. I'm sorry for the people who have endured such miserable treatment all this time, but grateful in a twisty way for their willingness to step up and set this ball in motion. (Time Magazine Persons of the Year - "The Silence Breakers") The timing now is pressured -- I think in a few years Wotezel would be a fabulous choice for this job. He's got performance cred, administrative cred, education cred, and with the position at Julliard, he would have an invaluable connection to the larger administration of Lincoln Center and the NY philanthropic community. But we are not living in that alternative reality, so the big question is, what do they do now?
  24. Keeping Up With...

    I've been trying to follow along with Patricia Barker's move to the Royal New Zealand Ballet, but this sounds like things are not all well. I hope they're not going to follow the same pattern as Pennsylvania Ballet has.