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  1. PNB's segment was lovely. I'm so glad I was able to see this. Their livestreams are always so well produced, and the lighting in that big studio certainly helps :)
  2. I admit that I'm curious. Although I quite like the original West Side Story, it is a bit dated now. And the story (Romeo and Juliet, societal conflicts) is evergreen, so a modern take that appeals to younger audiences seems like a good bet, artistically and financially. Justin Peck seems like a good pick for this job, in my opinion :)
  3. kylara7

    Binet Allegations

    That link doesn't seem to be clickable. Maybe there is another policy somewhere (offline) and what appears on the those links is copy/paste from a larger policy document? Either way, it appears that they were "encouraged" to show that they had (or recently installed) these policies. I think NYCB and other companies (e.g., Finnish National Ballet) have also beefed up/added official policies on these matters based on recent events. Of course none of this seems to affect the rather unorthodox "family ties" that are already entrenched at NBoC, as we've discussed here and on other BA threads...
  4. I've only seen Fancy Free on video, and I found the scenes with three men harassing a lone woman on the street to be very unsettling, because I have had that experience, and I cannot separate that out while watching the ballet. I would probably not see it performed live for that reason, although I respect the work and the place it holds in the ballet canon. I try to avoid depictions of sexualized violence in other media as well (TV, movies, etc.). It doesn't ask any "new" questions for me or give me any new perspective that I don't already have in this regard. And now that we have the internet at our fingertips, I have options, such as watching clips of the ballet scenes in the movie Red Sparrow (which is all I was interested in anyway) and skipping the rest :) For the same reason, I have not seen James Kudelka's Swan Lake, which includes a gang rape scene (why?!? I fail to see what this adds to the established and well known storyline). It's just not for me, and I'm ok with that. I won't tell others not to see it, but I will completely ignore any attempts to convince me to see it. I did watch Manon once, but I knew what was coming and had prepared for it/decided that this was an important piece that I wanted to see. But I probably wouldn't see it again, lovely as is. I suspect that each of us are making our own considered choices based on a variety of factors.
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    World Ballet Day 2018, October 2

    I didn't get a chance to watch on Tuesday, but I always look forward to catching up by watching the streams that are available after the actual World Ballet Day. I do find that the YouTube versions are much more "user friendly" and high quality/higher resolution than the Facebook videos. I'm glad to hear that the Australian Ballet and Royal Ballet segments are already available...I know what I'll be doing this weekend :)
  6. One of my first mentors when I was entering the workplace advised that company policies, "rules and regulations" and HR functions were about conflict resolution and not about justice or fairness and that "resolution" usually rests in the eye of the company/leadership. It was helpful advice that I have kept in mind ever since. The judicial system could also be characterized similarly, which is why the results are often unsatisfying or fail to tie up all the loose ends of a given case. The union contract/representation is probably much the same. The union is tasked with resolving conflicts between management and employees, and not serving up truth and justice. Whatever happens with this case, I'm sure it won't answer all of the questions or please everyone. I just hope that NYCB can ride out this turmoil and that the #metoo era marks the beginning of deep cultural change at every level. To borrow words from writer Roxane Gay, "I'm not optimistic, but I am hopeful."
  7. kylara7

    Binet Allegations

    The NBoC website's Board of Directors page now has links to the BoD code of conduct and ethics and conflict of interest policy. Probably a very wise move given the critique they received last year and the current events in various workplaces. There is another code of code of conduct and ethics for the company at large linked on the bottom of the main page. Having them is a good first step. I suppose time will tell as to the quality of implementation, how they are used, and whether they are integrated into a healthy company culture and effective leadership.
  8. That NYT article that BalanchineFan posted is on point and accurately describes what I have observed in a variety of private/public workplaces. Many workplaces have a written policy on sexual harassment and some have training on that policy, but most of time it's a "CYA" checkbox for the employer. Other workplaces have a culture that does not tolerate sexual harassment, and that usually comes down from the top leadership and is upheld by a critical mass of people at all levels. A body of literature in organizational behaviour (mostly from the sports and corporate worlds) shows that organizations tend to take on the style/personality of their leadership/leadership teams and that the implicit standards of behaviour tend to permeate to a greater extent than written standards. I don't envy whoever is the next AD of NYCB because they will have a lot on their plate. I worked in a place that had a detailed anti-sexual harassment policy and a reporting process that looked so good on paper, but a) the person(s) doing the harassment was Senior Manager X and b) the reporting process mandated that sexual harassment should be reported either directly Senior Manager X or to the HR person who was Senior Manager X's best buddy and enabler. So no one ever reported. And many good people eventually left that workplace because it was truly toxic (including me, although I personally was not harassed in that particular job). The problem is that not everyone has the ability to just leave and find another job, which is probably also a problem in a ballet company. And zooming out from NYCB to the broader cultural context, bystander intervention is simply the putting a name to the duty by all of us to uphold the social contract, which means doing uncomfortable work like checking bad actors as well as nice things like saying hello to the neighbours and helping old ladies across the street. The legal system is one piece of a larger ecosystem of checks and balances on a community, large or small, but the legal system only handles situations that rise to a certain level. On the lower levels, we all use social pressure and enforce social values. If I invite someone to my dinner party and find out that they took my favourite sweater, I don't call the police, but don't invite them over anymore and I probably tell my friends and social circle what they did. Social sanction and shunning are not always negative; positive peer pressure is also a force. So we're all in this together, one way or another, and what we tolerate becomes the norm. I'm glad more people are speaking up and pushing back. Silence and neutrality only help the bad actors.
  9. I listened to this over the weekend and was very impressed. Tracey sounds like a caring and thoughtful educator who is on the hunt for ways to blend traditional ballet instruction with contemporary innovations in pedagogy and has a nurturing leadership style :)
  10. I don't know if it's a positive or negative observation, but there are so many different sexual harassment/harassment scandals going on right now in a variety of workplaces, organizations, and interest areas that many people are focused on the one that is most closely related to them/their background/their interests. In my circle of friends and colleagues right now, people are talking (including unending social media conversations) about current events in universities/academic departments, the health/fitness/nutrition field, various media orgs, non-profits, and yes, the arts (ballet, theatre, opera, etc.). I guess I'm glad that these issues cannot be covered up as easily in the past and that the shaming, isolating, and discrediting of victims is much harder to pull off in the age of social media, but the revelations certainly are painful. I think we can forgive everyone for not being able to keep up with every single example (and as others have mentioned, I personally find that I can only absorb so much and then have to step away to maintain an even keel).
  11. I've just been catching up and...ugh. I'm shocked but not surprised, given how similar issues have arisen in various other areas of work/study (e.g., the Arizona fraternity case, the "Marines United" scandal, which is now repeating itself) and in the public (e.g., the hacking/sharing of Jennifer Lawrence's photos), but sad that it has cast a shadow over New York City Ballet. The laws in this arena are just starting to catch up with the available technology ('revenge porn' laws and laws explicitly criminalizing the unconsenting sharing of intimate image), which will probably always be the case, but the bad behaviour, lack of respect for others (whether current/former romantic partners, friends, co-workers, or simply fellow human beings) and disregard for consent is infuriating. I hope that whatever investigation goes forward can nail down some answers, but I'm not hopeful that either the legal system or internal investigations can completely address the many questions that we all seem to have I appreciate the statements by sappho and others who have expressed concern for the woman targeted and the people affected and have pushed back against victim blaming. Having watched several of these sorts of revelations about bad behaviour by beloved figures/institutions play out in the media/social media and in real life, I understand the initial reaction to not wanting to believe that our personal favourites can be problematic, but I'm trying to see it as a grieving process like any other where we collectively move through (and cycle through) the stages of processing.
  12. Thank you for posting this! I missed the announcement and didn't get it to see it in real time but was happy to watch nonetheless :) I'm so glad we have this technology and can see other companies around the world. The Finnish National Ballet did a live broadcast of Giselle a year of two ago that I watched online "with" two friends overseas via Skype.
  13. kylara7

    The Green Table

    The Green Table was created in 1932, but thank goodness it was kept alive as the subject matter is evergreen. :( I'm sure that the argument about whether art is/should be political is equally ubiquitous and is likely influenced by the variety of opinions among the population at a given time and the ebbs and flows of social upheaval and action around social issues. Some people prefer their art as to be an escape from the outside world and its burdens and conflicts. Others prefer to be challenged and unsettled by art and want art to engage with the topics of the times. As these are opinions and not facts, there is no right or wrong, although the reliance on a melange of funding sources and to what extent that includes state and corporate support does seem to shift the balance depending on the region/culture and the general class makeup of the audiences.
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    Swedish Academy in turmoil

    I've also been reading the press coverage...the pattern of sexual abuse by Arnault via his Academy connections seems to go back as far as the 1990s and the current list of women who have come forward is up to 18. As with other powerful institutions that have been in the news for similar issues, there seems to have been a pattern of ignoring or burying the attempts at reporting sexual misconduct/assault (different countries have different legal terms/distinctions and I am not familiar with Sweden's). It's disheartening to see all of the dirty laundry coming out in so many esteemed institutions, but hopefully this wave of accountability will bring needed change. Institutions, like families, tend to be "as sick as they are secret" when it comes to these things. And I find the patting of the Crown Princess on the bum to be VERY telling of Mr. Arnault's attitudes. It seems to say that he respects women so little that even a royal title and the status it carries is negated by his view of women as sexual objects for his own ends.
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    The Green Table

    That sounds fascinating...if you see it, please report back! I was at a presentation recently that mentioned choreographer Choo San Goh, uncle of Chan-hon Goh, and his work prior to his untimely death and it got me thinking about how our arts ecosystem might look different and more dynamic had we not had those losses. It feels to me like an older era is grimly hanging on long after the next cohort should have taken on some of the workload and helped to build a transition to new audiences and a new body of work to add to the rich tradition.