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abatt

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  1. I'm struck by how many leaders of dance companies have no apparent prior management skill. I guess J. Stafford was shadowing Peter Martins for a few years before Martins left, but he seems to have had zero managerial skills before being elevated to the top position. He also is completely lacking in charisma, in my opinion. I think ABT will go with someone who has name recognition and who can bring in new audiences. That leads me to one name in particular, if she wants the job.
  2. I would definitely support Angel Corella. He could re-hire Sarah Lane.
  3. Any guesses as to who will be selected to lead? Ratmansky? Whiteside? Steifel? Kent? Copeland is certainly approaching retirement age, but I think she has a lot of lucrative outside projects.
  4. Part of the reason her workload was reduced in recent years was because she was also choreographing. However, I do agree that her technique was not particularly strong. I saw the first of her two Swan Lakes and that role completely exposed her technical weakness. The adagio work was pretty good for a first effort, but the technical demands of the ballroom act as Odile were clearly out of her reach.
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/arts/dance/what-is-a-ballet-body.html This article in today's NY Times mentions that Lovette will retire from dancing after the fall season at NYCB to focus on choreographing.
  6. I'm wondering whether management is continuing to draw their full salaries during this period of austerity.
  7. I think in terms of forced retirements, the new administration is much kinder and gentler than Martins. I think there are people on the roster who would most certainly have been forced into retirement if Martins was still running the show. People have correctly complained that promotions to principal have been few and far between. However, until there are principal departures there is little possibility for upward movement of some of the soloists, in my opinion.
  8. I completely agree. I would add Veyette to that list.
  9. Thanks for posting. Loved watching this 1990 performance.
  10. GOODMAN THEATRE IN COLLABORATION WITH SHOWTIME AND THE ACTORS FUND TO STREAM THE 1999 TONY AWARD®-WINNING BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF DEATH OF A SALESMAN STARRING TONY AWARD WINNER BRIAN DENNEHY AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21 AT 8 PM ET ONLY AT PLAYBILL.COM In an unprecedented collaboration with Showtime and The Actors Fund, Goodman Theatre is proud to present the stream of the Tony Award Winning Broadway production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, starring two-time Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy and directed by Goodman Theatre Artisti
  11. The New York Philharmonic has cancelled all performances through June 2021.
  12. Larry Nasser was abusing women during the course of and in the scope of his employment as a doctor employed by US Gymnastics. He was the agent of that organization, and his job on behalf of US Gymnastics was to provide medical care to the women on the team. US Gymnastics gave him authority to act on its behalf, and gave him the imprimatur of authority with respect to the ladies on the team. That's why his misconduct resulted in the resignation of so many other people who were supervisors and administrators for US Gymnastics. They were negligent in giving Nasser power over team members.
  13. Just to clarify the decision, these were summary judgment motions. As explained at pp. 5-6 of the Court's decison, in that type of motion the court assumes that the allegations contained in the plaintiff's complaint are true. As stated in the opinion, "the plaintiff is accorded the benefit of every possible favorable inference, and the court determines only whether the facts as alleged fit within any cognizable legal theory.” I don't think there was much, or any, discovery, in this case. The Court did accept all of Waterbury's allegations as ttue, but even so determined that she had no cogn
  14. In the legal profession, when a preposterous claim is asserted, the lawyer phrase is that the claim does not pass the giggle test. In other words, sometimes a claim is so lacking in legal or logical support that it cannot seriously be asserted with a straight face. The claims asserted by Waterbury and her attorney against NYCB and SAB flunked the giggle test. They were NEVER going to succeed. Any halfway decent lawyer knew that from the outset. The claims against NYCB and SAB were asserted simply for purposes of blackmailing a deep pocketed institution.
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