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    balletomane, videographer, formerly serious now recreational student
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  1. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    BalanchineFan... and I believe stage managers are also AGMA. Probably confuses things further...
  2. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    You've lost me... in that NY Times article there were two unions involved... the dancers' and the musicians'... neither union's name appears in the article, but I see no reason to think they were not AGMA and the AF of M.
  3. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I am aware of what AGMA stands for, however one might derive from your statement that the orchestra musicians for ballet companies would be members of AGMA.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    The AF of M might take issue with that.
  5. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Okay, this is addressed generally, not specifically to the Martins situation, but given how widespread the MeToo movement now is: If flirtation is equal to harassment, then aren't there many women who have harassed their male co-workers? Is showing cleavage at work harrassment? What about the hemline? How far does this go? Are women all going to have to don the hajib at work to avoid harassing the men? Ask the men you know, has a woman ever flirted with them at work? I feel anyone who has been repeatedly "hit on" at work, after indicating a lack of interest, has a different situation than the casual flirtation or off color joke... but... we are talking about a slippery slope here... and there are whole generations of men who have been taught persistence is a virtue. There are magazine articles out there advising women to never accept the first invitation for a date because it's a turn-off, makes them seem "too easy"... There is a tremendous amount of subtext in flirtation, and it is possible to misread it. Some flirtation is never intended to go beyond a smile. I believe anyone who has been forced to have sex to keep their job has been horrendously abused and should be protected. On the other hand, I feel Leonard Lopate should have been left in his job at WNYC, and is a victim of the MeToo movement. Peter Martins? I don't know. I was not there. Clearly there is something. Was that something everything everyone has ever accused him of? I have no idea. I just don't like the mob justice situation, it makes me nervous. One should be able to face one's accusers. How are we to judge these situations where most of the time someone coming forward long after all evidence has disappeared is telling the truth. Until someone can assure me that 100% of the time no one innocent has ever been accused... I'm not in a rush to jump to any conclusions. Let's hear what the investigation turns up. In the meantime, he has lost his job and his reputation. I have no axe to grind. I do not think all situations are the exactly the same.
  6. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Agreed, but remember it was Farrell giving Balanchine an ultimatum over roles for her husband that clinched the departure.... one can certainly understand why she felt she had to make a stand, but dancers do not give ultimatums to artistic directors. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1990/10/11/dancing-for-balanchine/ "Finally one evening when Mejia was not given a role that he felt was his due—Symphony in C, third movement—Farrell issued an ultimatum: if Mejia didn’t dance in Symphony in C that night, they would both quit. To her utter astonishment, Balanchine took her up on it." I am not defending anyone's shameful actions here, but let's not lose the fine lines of history.
  7. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I was distinctly under the impression that Hayden, Kent & Von Aroldingen were the exceptions... http://articles.latimes.com/1995-01-02/entertainment/ca-15602_1_city-ballet : "Children had never entered my mind, and it was no secret that Balanchine thought ballerinas shouldn't have them." -- Suzanne Farrell,
  8. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I still take issue with this... and now you're suggesting he was impotent, is that also documented or just assumed due to the lack of issue (my understanding was Balanchine had significant concerns regarding pregnancy's effects on a ballerina's frame) ... Do you have the Taper quote? I've read both Taper's biography and Geva's autobiography, and it's not calling up any memories of the father being concerned... I do remember Geva's mother was Geva's father's kept woman before finally getting married against the objections of her mother-in-law.... perhaps the concerns about propriety were to to protect Geva's reputation in advance of any sex, particularly considering the breakdown of society just then. It was a very crazy time... if ever there were a time not to be temporal-centric it would be applying today's mores to Russia's social mores immediately after the revolution.
  9. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Ummm... .I take issue with this. Where is the evidence that Balanchine slept with his dancers? As far as I understand, with the exception of Danilova with whom he was understood to have a common law marriage, he married his dancers before he slept with them...
  10. Frederick Ashton Foundation Master Classes

    Thank you for posting this the coaching is wonderful! Is it so interesting to see how much difference where the dancer looks has on the shape of the movement. I could be wrong, but to me the Ashton coaches seem taking more care with focus than we often see.
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I think judging Balanchine's behavior while he was dying of Creutzfeld jakob disease is highly suspect... would you judge someone with dementia the same as a healthy human being? https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Creutzfeldt-Jakob-Disease-Fact-Sheet#3058_2
  12. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    Yes... there is that issue... we do have to put up with mediocrity in order to glean out the masterpieces that will become classics.. one can't just assume every new work will be a masterpiece equal to the classics... that would be to misunderstand the environment that produced those classics... and I accept that was not your point.. But, is there a word for the kind of choreoographer in residence that Ashton was? It would be hard to say he fid not influence the look of the Royal Ballet dancers, even though he was not director until after DeValois' death... Think of Nureyev, whose choreography has not been universally loved, even his choreographic efforts shaped the Paris Opera dancers... If there is a way to give the resident choreographer that kind of influence with an artistic director involved in the design of the season... ok... but I'm not sure how to design that kind of relationship unless they were together at the founding of the company. A choreographer has a different stake in the abilities of the dancers than does an artistic director hoping to do justice to other people's masterworks... i wonder if Peter Martins would have been as good a director if he had not also been a choreographer... even if his work was not quite equal to the other masterpieces his company presents. It is a slightly different situation if one's own personal expression is involved...
  13. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    I far prefer a choreographer run company... the director-choreographer has insights that bring out qualities in dancers in a very different way than an artistic director cultivating a museum/choreographer-of-the-day repertory... a director-choreographer has a long term influence. NYCB would be like the current ABT if it hadn't been for the artistic-director choreographers. Even with a choreographer like Ratmansky in residence, it seems like he is globe hopping so much, it is a different situation than a choreographer-director's influence on the shape of a company. Balanchine took his company classes very seriously and used them to deliver a very different type of dancer and technique. Now, in the early days of ABT, perhaps Tudor & deMille had more influence on the shape of the company than a resident choreographer now? Also, a choreographer having their own company of dancers with long standing muse relationships has an entirely different creative nourishment situation.
  14. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    From the above referenced NY Times article: ok... Two Dozen... that's more than we first heard about.
  15. Balanchine's Birthday celebration 2018?

    Thank you!! That is exactly what I was hunting for! And here is the link for anyone else interested: Tckets are $20, but complimentary to "NYCB Circle of Friends" https://www.nycballet.com/Educate/Public-Programs/Inside-NYCB.aspx
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