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Kathleen O'Connell

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  1. I'm delighted to see that NYCB has been able to pull off a program of new works during a lockdown. PS: I don't know the work of Jamar Roberts, but I do know the work of Bell, Miller, and Tanowitz, and I'm eager to see what they've been able to do given the constraints they've had to work under.
  2. It's kind of pricey, alas. You have to buy tickets separately for each dancer's half hour performance. At $13.00 per, that's $91.00 for the whole series. I don't know how many people would actually want to see seven different dancers' take on Fenley's work, but I'm surprised the Joyce isn't offering some kind of discount to see all seven. Anyway, you can watch Fenley perform the work herself here: https://vimeo.com/46187147 Warning: she dances topless.
  3. I presume Balanchine switched the order of the Tchaikovsky's third and fourth movements to set up that darker death and transfiguration ending. Personally, I find it rather jarring to hear the fourth movement finale—including the recap of the opening themes—three-quarters of the way through the ballet rather than at the end where, musically at least, it belongs.
  4. I agree! I sometimes wish they'd do it without the spotlight to see if it would read differently.
  5. Asking for money damages doesn't mean the suit was brought solely for financial gain rather than out of a desire that someone be held accountable or to make a larger societal point. (If I recall correctly, Waterbury asked for money damages specifically to cover the cost of therapy.) Since this was a civil rather than criminal action, money damages is just about the only meaningful punishment that can be imposed. Merson's firm wouldn't take on the case merely to extract an apology in any event.
  6. There are plenty of reasons why Waterbury and her lawyers might have chosen not to sue every man who saw the photos Finlay took of her: 1) If they only received the photos and neither solicited them nor passed them on to others there may not be much that Waterbury can sue them for. 2) They may be "judgement-proof," i.e., even if Waterbury were to win her suit and the judge awarded her money damages, they might not have the financial wherewithal to pay. 3) Friends, colleagues, and acquaintances might have creditably told Waterbury that they knew of men other than the named defen
  7. I honestly don't think we can say either of these things without access to all of the evidence. The public documents represent only a fragment of the whole. Just to make sure I understand your point: what is Waterbury exaggerating?
  8. The complaint is Meerson's presentation of her story, and it is a poorly crafted one. I keep meaning to look for some other examples of his firm's work product to see if it's uniformly as sloppy and haphazard as this complaint is. I remember wondering at one point whether the firm was even really trying. I don't doubt Waterbury's claim that Finely photographed her without her knowledge and consent and that he shared those photographs with his NYCB colleagues without her knowledge and consent.
  9. If I've parsed the complaint correctly, the photos were shared via a group text. While they weren't as publicly available as they might have been on a MySpace page, it would nonetheless have been trivially easy for any of the men who received them to share them widely and for those photos to fall into the hands of people with no inclination or incentive to treat them with discretion. Since nothing shared digitally ever really dies, those pictures are probably still floating around in cyberspace waiting for someone to scoop them up and post them somewhere. (The list of politicians who wake up o
  10. I would, too. And it wouldn't surprise me if she had been encouraged to think of the proceedings as a campaign for justice and the greater good, especially given the climate during that particular moment. Women speaking out against sexual misconduct were hailed for their bravery, and money's not the only salve for one's wounds.
  11. Yeah, no, it's not working for me either. Eboli wants power, not appliances.
  12. I've been dipping in and out of the Zurich Opera's Maria Stuarda while I flail away at some tedious admin, and I've been enjoying it. Two thumbs way, way up for the masked supernumeraries. I'm not sure how effective those masks are in protecting them from whatever virus particles may be hitching a ride on the aerosol clouds the singers are inevitably producing, but it's a nice public health reminder anyway.
  13. I don't think they're ready for HD prime time quite yet, but I'm going to give them props for at least trying to be a touring company. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was a teen in San Antonio, ABT gave me one of my earliest looks at a fully-staged, live ballet performance.
  14. Thank you for the link! I just watched for a few minutes switching between the various live views and it's really kinda cool. I'll try to catch the whole thing before they take it down.
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