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  1. Marcelo Gomes

    This trailer for the new film about Marcelo Gomes was just sent out by e-mail. With so little film of him in his prime, this is nice to see: Trailer for Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer https://vimeo.com/247345734
  2. Jacob's Pillow Festival for 2018 (June 20 - August 26) has been announced, including Royal Danish Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ulbricht's Stars of American Ballet. https://www.jacobspillow.org/festival/ticketed-performances/
  3. The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced 253 new grants, totalling $12.8 million. https://www.neh.gov/files/press-release/december_2017_neh_grant_awards.pdf Of possible interest to Ballet Alerters: Washington, DC: Howard University Outright: $99,948 [Humanities Initiatives: HBCUs] Project Director: Ofosuwa Abiola Project Title: The Africana Theatre and Dance Collection as a Teaching Resource Project Description: Student training in archival methods, cataloguing, and digitization, leading to the establishment of an Africana Theatre and Dance Collection in Howard University's Founders Library. Illinois: Links Hall, Inc. Outright: $12,000 [Common Heritage] Project Director: Meida McNeal Project Title: From Warehouse To Web: Digitizing House Music Ephemera and Material Culture Project Description: A digitization day and a public symposium focused on the history and material culture of African American house music, dance, and culture in Chicago from the late 1970s to the end of the twentieth century. Missouri: Angela Miller Outright: $50,400 [Fellowships] Washington University in St. Louis Project Title: The Arti–tic and Literary Circle of American Essayist and Art Patron Lincoln Kirstein (1907–1996) Project Description: Preparation of a book-length study of the New York artists and authors associated with critic and cultural figure Lincoln Kirstein (1907–1996) who resisted Abstract Expressionism during the mid-20th century.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Although this was published in 2010, when the economy was still struggling, it's an interesting overview of what it costs to join the boards of prestigious NYC institutions: $250,000 for Lincoln Center; $10 million for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYCB is mentioned, although they don't put a dollar figure on their board membership. I'm guessing it's more like Lincoln Center http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/arts/03center.html
  5. Nutcracker 2017

    She posted this just 12 hours ago. https://www.instagram.com/p/BclLbjRhXsI/?taken-by=saramearns
  6. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I don't want to drag this too far off topic, but there have been numerous allegations and law suits against many professors around the country for inappropriate conduct with their students. The Chronicle of Higher Education has been naming names for years of the alleged perpetrators - faculty at many famous institutions: Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, U of Colorado-Boulder, Northwestern, etc. Here's just one example of this problem at Berkeley, from a well-regarded site in philosophy: http://dailynous.com/2017/03/23/sexual-harassment-assault-retaliation-lawsuit-john-searle/
  7. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    NYCB just announced its interim leadership team: "The group overseeing the artistic management of City Ballet will be led by Jonathan Stafford, a ballet master and former principal dancer with the company. Joining him will be Justin Peck, City Ballet’s resident choreographer and soloist, along with Craig Hall and Rebecca Krohn, both ballet masters." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/arts/dance/team-to-lead-city-ballet-during-martins-sexual-harassment-probe.html
  8. Nutcracker 2017

    Vail posted a clip of Peck's 10 years at Vail. They have several dancers who return frequently, but this is unusual:
  9. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Martins is taking a leave of absence from both NYCB and SAB, according to this new story from the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/new-york-city-ballet-leader-to-take-leave-amid-sexual-violence-allegations/2017/12/07/9b4e4884-db7a-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.556c8aa9c291
  10. Nutcracker casting & recommendations

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  11. Don't forget higher education. Lecherous professors have been busted -- and named -- for years now and it continues to this day. Best source: Chronicle of Higher Education. For decades, colleagues whispered about this, but wouldn't name names. Now they do, and it's for the best.
  12. Ballet dancers in First Lady's Christmas video

    As others have pointed out, it's gotten really difficult in recent times to distinguish The Onion from "reality." Sometimes I feel like I'm living in The Twilight Zone.
  13. 2017-2018 season

    If you read McKenzie interviews over the years, he says, essentially, that the ABT board was desperate, that everybody else had turned them down, and McKenzie was a last desperate hope. So the lack of management experience almost didn't matter. It's a very different story now, with people like Steifel, Corella, and Bocca around.
  14. 2017-2018 season

    I would think the board would look to prior experience managing a major company -- Steifel's experience at New Zealand Ballet and Corella's at Pennsylvania. But don't forget Bocca's in Uruguay. We all love Gomes, but he hasn't had any management experience with a ballet company - that would be quite a gamble.
  15. 2017-2018 season

    Nothing yet. And $2500 is pretty steep for that perk. I'd rather get the opportunity to buy tickets at least a week before general public -- something many companies do.