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  1. San Francisco Ballet posted a tribute in Facebook to San Francisco Ballet Mayor Ed Lee, who died a few days ago: Rest in Peace, Ed Lee.
  2. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    A less optimistic view about whether substantive change will happen, and an implicit warning about the consequences of not making those changes: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/fempire-strikes-back
  3. 2017 Nutcracker Guesting

    Kyle Davis is guesting in the Makaroff Youth Ballet's "Nutcracker" this weekend. He had studied at the Makaroff School of Ballet in Appleton, Wisconsin. http://www.postcrescent.com/story/life/2017/12/16/famous-guest-artists-can-raise-bar-local-performers/948426001/
  4. Elizabeth Murphy and Jerome Tisserand will perform as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier with the Goh Ballet from December 14-19 at The Centre. https://www.surreynowleader.com/entertainment/goh-time-for-surrey-dancers-in-big-nutcracker-show-in-vancouver/ It's a beautiful production by Anna-Marie Holmes, with live music conducted by Leslie Dala. Students from the Goh Ballet Academy are well-represented, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Academy.
  5. 2017 Nutcracker Guesting

    Am finding this somewhat incomprehensible (aside from NYCB's Megan Fairchild and Joaquin De Luz having guested as Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier), and the Ballet Hawaii website is not helping, but Lesley Rausch and Lucien Postlewaite are or have guested in some roles in Ballet Hawaii's "Nutcracker": https://www.broadwayworld.com/hawaii/article/BWW-Review-BALLET-HAWAIIS-NUTCRACKER-at-Neal-Blaisdell-Concert-Hall-20171216
  6. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    1987 or maybe 1988 was a real tipping point for Watts, in my opinion.
  7. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    And many do not. Robert Gottlieb described the challenges of putting together a schedule, and a main challenge was creating programs and weeks of programs so that there wouldn't be too many of a specific dancer's ballets on the same program or two programs in one day, knowing in advance who "owned" which ballets, particularly in the one-act ballets. In the '80's to mid-'90's, when I tried to see multiple casts of everything Balanchine and Robbins, there were dancers who were never replaced or where another danced once in the middle of a six-season run, and these were major roles, like Odette in Balanchine's "Swan Lake (Act II)", and "Agon" pas de deux. And I would expect defenders to claim "sour grapes," because it deflects from the policy and legal issue of consensual affairs between bosses and employees and hostile work environments and dismisses and demeans those who have legitimate complaints. What any dancers who had consensual or coerced relationships with him knew about his marital status is irrelevant to the effects those relationships had on the workplace.
  8. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Stockholm Syndrome? It reads very much like junior high school bullying: the lieutenants have to show more enthusiasm than the chief to show their loyalty, but that doesn't mean that enthusiasm isn't sincere. Watts has still never said a bad thing about Martins in any interview I've ever heard or read, but she's blamed herself quite often, not about their relationship, but about her professional behavior after Balanchine's death. In a very recent interview she's continued to defend his administration of the company in light of what an impossible job it was. And I've never heard her take any bait.
  9. Newish to Ballet Appreciation

    Welcome to BalletAlert! BalletOutsider! We hope you're recovering and glad that you've found ballet. We have a Ballet Videos forum, and while links to videos can disappear, we hope you'll find videos that you haven't seen, and that you'll post if you see something you like. http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/forum/20-ballet-videos-films-broadcast-performances-photos-and-interviews/
  10. That hasn't been my experience of her writing. And unless they've changed the title, I don't see anywhere the artsdesk article purports to be a review. It reads like a news article under the "reviews, news, & interviews" section.
  11. I just learned that there is something called National Ugly Sweater Day, and it is today. Here is PNB's tribute, by Steven Loch and Madison Taylor:
  12. Nutcracker 2017

    Plus PNB dancers, now and then, from the PNB blog, with clips of Pantastico and Murphy current Nutcracker role: https://blogpnborg.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/then-and-now-nutcracker-grows-up/
  13. Nutcracker 2017

    I'll start with the current "SNOFEES" promo: no processing fees through November 17 (PST) if you click the "No fee" price options after you select your seat or cite the promo code "SNOFEES" if you call the Box Office (206-441-2424). https://www.pnb.org/mypromo/?promo=sNoFees&utm_source=PNB+List&utm_campaign=ee2b252620-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df81d84eb5-ee2b252620-295706613
  14. Nutcracker 2017

    There have been several PNB features posted to Facebook that feature Angela Sterling's great photos: Top L-R: Lindsi Dec in Grand Pas de Deux, Rachel Foster in Marzipan Shepherdess, Elle Macy as Dewdrop Bottom L-R: Nicole Rizzitano in Snow, Leta Biasucci as Lead Flower, Angelica Generosa as Sugar Plum Fairy (variation tutu):
  15. Michael Sean Breeden and Rebecca King Ferraro interviewed Calvin Royal III this past summer at Vail, where Royal was performing, for their podcast, Conversations on Dance. In it, he spoke about how he used the Annenberg Fellowship, and also how he's received coaching in NYC from Damien Woetzel and Heather Watts: http://conversationsondancepod.com/2017/12/11/calvin-royal-iii-american-ballet-theatre-soloist/
  16. Alexa Maxwell, on of Kimberly Falker's 2012 guests on The Balancing Pointe podcast, recorded a short update in the "Where Are They Now?" series at the beginning of November, and she talked about her transition into the company, her injury that reached a critical point during a performance as Lead Butterfly in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," her subsequent surgery, and her recovery: http://www.premierdancenetwork.com/where-are-they-now-alexis-maxwell/ It's followed by her original interview. She reported that she was back at barre at the time and was aiming to be back for Nutcracker season. A search for her name on the 2017 Nutcracker thread brings up no results so far.
  17. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    There are also many reasons -- demographic, geographic, educational, physical, debt-related are just some -- why many many people cannot just get up and leave for something better. It is a privilege to have the means to do that. There are also professionals like ballet where there are lots of people ready to take your place if you don't like it, plus the culture of ballet that pressures dancers to be compliant.
  18. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    And this article talks about the culture of Wall Street and why little has changed: https://theintercept.com/2017/12/13/wall-street-women-gender-financial-sector/ These issues are by no means limited to the arts.
  19. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I wasn't writing about Kistler: I was referring to allegations of physical abuse in the workplace made public since then, including Jeffrey Edwards' complaint in 1993 (only public now), Kelly Boal's description to the Washington Post, etc. My point is that the lesson was that not addressing this enabled him to escalate to the workplace, where it also wasn't addressed. The underlying question in the comments that people wondered how he survived post 1992 is "What will it take?" And, until now, few were willing to find out. Edwards was particularly brave in 1993 to file any complaint on the record, and nothing came of it. [Consolidating responses]: And that is why there are so many commentaries and warnings about thinking that if Weinstein, Martins, Levine, Louis CK, Rose, etc. are gone, it doesn't change the broader issue, which is that these attitudes and behaviors are structurally imbedded, and we're not "done."
  20. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    In reality, that Martins was shamed temporarily, and then continued his abusive behavior is the take-away. That shame didn't prevent much for long, if the allegations from students and dancers across a quarter of a century are true, and it doesn't replace the oversight responsibility of the Board. The second is not the primary responsibility of the workplace or school to teach, and it should never be a trade-off at the expense of safety and healthy messages of respect.
  21. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    The logic is: At the time of the Kistler incident in 1992: It occurred against an employee off premises, ie, not in the studio or theater, which would have made it harder for the Board to classify this as a "private matter." It is not unusual for people who work with someone to be surprised to find that they beat their spouse or SO and/or children, because their behavior at work shows no indication that they are beastly to their family. There were no public allegations before, or as a result of, the newspaper article about Kistler's reporting to the police, that this was his behavior at work, so they had plausible deniability, at least as far as the public was concern What the Board made clear was that a violent incident outside the theater by the boss against a spouse/employee was not a fire-able offense. Which, based on the allegations and chronology -- Jeffrey Edwards' ignored complaint was in 1993 -- sent a clear message to the Company, and ignoring Jeffrey Edwards' workplace complaint reinforced that message.
  22. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Again, I disagree. What he said was that their personal lives have nothing to do with Martins' employment situation. Martins didn't inflict violence against his, and by extension, their employee in the studio or theater. There was nothing that implied hysteria. Had she testified, and had he been indicted and/or, convicted, or plead guilty or nolo, it might have made a difference, or it may have made as little difference as his drunk driving charge. But she didn't, and by refusing to follow through, she did what was considered stereotypical negative female action: either she was hysterical and exaggerated, or she was either a doormat or so naive to believe a abuser's promises that it wouldn't happen again, and in either case you couldn't help her, if she wouldn't help herself, and we wash our hands of her and leave her to the bed she made. While those stereotypes are appalling, those are the ones in context, and, sadly, still are too often today. Had she followed through, she would have been the woman who damaged or destroyed the institution, which was so much bigger and important than she. The Board made it clear who was important to them, and when they refused to get involved, it played to their advantage, ie, time for this "personal matter" to resolve itself, likely as they had predicted, so they could sweep it under the rug. And the Board's classification of this as a "personal matter" was not only made his behavior possible for the next quarter century, it normalized it. As early as the LA Times article linked above and continuing extensively now, people expressed shock that his career survived the 1992 attack on Kistler, by allowing it to survive, the Board made it clear what it would take to change their minds: charges equally appalling or worse, and people willing to be on record and follow through. He may not have been able to shoot someone on the street and keep his job, but he apparently was able to abuse and destroy at an alarming rate and remain unaccountable for his behavior. And we still don't know if they'll let him survive this.
  23. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Sorry, my bad reading skills.
  24. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I found a Martha Swope photo of Ellen Shire from 1964, in which NYCB was a far different company than it is now: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/39c27f80-6e02-0134-41b3-00505686a51c Interesting that she says "both" dancers, when the linked article's headline refers to "five dancers."