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Amar will play Bernardo in the upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story, scheduled to begin previews in December 2019. I think this means he won't be in NYCB's winter and spring seasons? The new Ivo van Hove production will also replace Jerome Robbins's choreography with that of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

'West Side Story' Broadway Revival Cast Unveiled

 

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A new affidavit has been filed in the Waterbury case, a statement by "former young patron Winston Nguyen." I found this bit interesting...

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To my knowledge, while Peter Martins was Ballet Master in Chief, young dancers were encouraged to attend Young Patrons Circle events, where alcohol was served, and NYCB knew that many of these dancers were underage. In addition, NYCB created an expectation that their dancers should cater to and follow the lead of the patrons they met at these events. The promotional video for Young Patrons, which can be found on youtube.com strongly suggests that membership in the Young Patrons Circle could lead to a sexual relationship with a young female NYCB dancer.

...so I looked up the video in question. I believe it must be this one, featuring Megan LeCrone:

I'm not sure I agree with Nguyen's interpretation, but given all that's been going on at NYCB, it seems unwise to keep this out there.

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1 hour ago, nanushka said:

A new affidavit has been filed in the Waterbury case, a statement by "former young patron Winston Nguyen." I found this bit interesting...

...so I looked up the video in question. I believe it must be this one, featuring Megan LeCrone:

I'm not sure I agree with Nguyen's interpretation, but given all that's been going on at NYCB, it seems unwise to keep this out there.

Shades of the Jockey-Club de Paris. That video was never anything but problematic, and yes, it needs to come down. 

The fact that it makes the Young Patrons Circle look like a dating service is bad enough, but the images are so gendered and classist as to be offensive in and of themselves. The message seems to be that we're all just working stiffs, but if you're the right kind of working stiff you can buy access to a ballerina.

ETA: Six years on, that Blackberry is as quaint as the wind-up alarm clock. 

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A lot of new stuff has been filed in the Waterbury case recently.

This Winston Nguyen seems to be quite the character. 

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Nguyen was charged in 2017 for looting $335,000 from an elderly couple who had hired him as a home health aide. He was accused of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and identity threat, among other charges. Prosecutors said Nguyen wrote himself more than $200,000 in checks from the bank account of Bernard and Florence Stoll and used their credit cards to rack up more than $100,000 worth of transactions.

 

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1 hour ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

Shades of the Jockey-Club de Paris. That video was never anything but problematic, and yes, it needs to come down. 

The fact that it makes the Young Patrons Circle look like a dating service is bad enough, but the images are so gendered and classist as to be offensive in and of themselves. The message seems to be that we're all just working stiffs, but if you're the right kind of working stiff you can buy access to a ballerina.

ETA: Six years on, that Blackberry is as quaint as the wind-up alarm clock. 

Jockey Club, yes.  And an excellent illustration of "male gaze."  Not to mention the disconnect -- once we get to the theater, he's going out for relaxation, but she's going to work.  I did find some of the visual checks to be interesting (typing and bourees, stretching and stretching), but the overall message of the video is pretty sketchy.

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1 hour ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

Shades of the Jockey-Club de Paris. That video was never anything but problematic, and yes, it needs to come down. 

 

 

10 minutes ago, sandik said:

Jockey Club, yes.  And an excellent illustration of "male gaze."

Which Degas faithfully recorded. Link from Robert Herbert's Impressionism which treats the movement as documentary footage for a sociological interpretation.

"The lives of Morny and Halevy … are very rewarding for the study of Degas’s own role as a backstage at the opera. The artist’s devotion to the dancers at the opera cannot readily be understood unless we examine the roles of powerful men."

Suite of backstage monotypes begins on page 107 –

https://books.google.com/books?id=p93wb_p4ndgC&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169&dq=degas+jockey+club&source=bl&ots=GjmyZVbhkI&sig=ACfU3U1Bm3hk0ogs0rmF0k_gUhOEsJ43PQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwit1LCu8K_jAhWDBc0KHaFXAckQ6AEwEXoECAkQAQ#v=snippet&q=jockey club&f=false

 

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1 hour ago, dirac said:

This Winston Nguyen seems to be quite the character

I'm sure that unindicted grand larceny has funded quite a bit of the arts, medicine, higher educational institutions, etc. 

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52 minutes ago, Helene said:

I'm sure that unindicted grand larceny has funded quite a bit of the arts, medicine, higher educational institutions, etc. 

He was indicted:

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Nguyen, who started working as a health aide in 2009 for the 96-year-old blind man and his 92-year-old wife, lived the high life while siphoning $335,000 from the Upper East Side couple between January 2015 and May 2017, prosecutors said.

 

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11 minutes ago, dirac said:

Good lord, this guy... well, he's certainly familiar with the ballet:

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Prosecutors said that Nguyen was an avid lover of the arts and used the stolen funds for regular jaunts to the ballet and Broadway shows.

He once tweeted a picture of himself posing on the New York City Ballet’s red carpet, wearing a tuxedo, and posing with a smiling trio of dancers. He also took his pals on vacations to Florida on the couple’s dime, prosecutors said.

ETA: Nguyen's Instagram page is private, but seems to be "followed" by a number of NYCB dancers. (If you are personally a follower of these dancers on Instagram, you'll see their usernames pop up after the gray words, "Followed by")

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33 minutes ago, tutu said:

Good lord, this guy... well, he's certainly familiar with the ballet:

It's going to be really interesting if this thing goes to trial and Merson hauls Nguyen out of Rikers to put him on the stand. I suppose Merson could suggest to the jury that it takes a scumbag to know one.

(Per the NYS Unified Court System website, Nguyen's next court appearance is on 7/18/19 for sentencing. He pled guilty to several felonies, but hasn't been sentenced yet.)

 

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1 hour ago, dirac said:

There are a lot of donors to the arts, medicine, and higher education.  

 

On another note, if he made donations to NYCB, I hope NYCB reimburses the couple from whom he stole the money for them. 

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4 minutes ago, Helene said:

There are a lot of donors to the arts, medicine, and higher education.  

And more than one has been convicted, not just indicted. The list is long and distinguished.

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Is it just me or is this entire thing just getting wackier and wackier? 

I am not an lawyer but can someone please tell me why would anyone seek this guy's deposition?  And I read it and it really doesn't have anything very incriminating? It reads like a gossip rag. 

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9 minutes ago, balletforme said:

Is it just me or is this entire thing just getting wackier and wackier? 

I am not an lawyer but can someone please tell me why would anyone seek this guy's deposition?  And I read it and it really doesn't have anything very incriminating? It reads like a gossip rag. 

I am not a lawyer either, but I have been empaneled on more than one jury, and I will tell you that a) with respect to the civil cases, one was wackier than the next and b) with respect to the criminal cases, hardly anyone involved was a model citizen, including in once case, the victim. Some very dodgy folks were up there swearing on bibles and giving testimony. 

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2 hours ago, Quiggin said:

 

Which Degas faithfully recorded. Link from Robert Herbert's Impressionism which treats the movement as documentary footage for a sociological interpretation.

"The lives of Morny and Halevy … are very rewarding for the study of Degas’s own role as a backstage at the opera. The artist’s devotion to the dancers at the opera cannot readily be understood unless we examine the roles of powerful men."

Suite of backstage monotypes begins on page 107 –

https://books.google.com/books?id=p93wb_p4ndgC&pg=PA169&lpg=PA169&dq=degas+jockey+club&source=bl&ots=GjmyZVbhkI&sig=ACfU3U1Bm3hk0ogs0rmF0k_gUhOEsJ43PQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwit1LCu8K_jAhWDBc0KHaFXAckQ6AEwEXoECAkQAQ#v=snippet&q=jockey club&f=false

 

Thanks for the link -- I've read a chunk about this period, but hadn't seen this.

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25 minutes ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

And more than one has been convicted, not just indicted. The list is long and distinguished.

Colleague of mine who worked in arts administration in Miami in the 1980s-90s said that they were awash in drug money looking to be laundered.

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30 minutes ago, Helene said:

There are a lot of donors to the arts, medicine, and higher education.  

On another note, if he made donations to NYCB, I hope NYCB reimburses the couple from whom he stole the money for them. 

Yes, they should pull out the checkbook pronto. 

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Colleague of mine who worked in arts administration in Miami in the 1980s-90s said that they were awash in drug money looking to be laundered.

Philanthropy is useful for reputation laundering, too. We don't even need to name names at this point. 

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7 hours ago, balletforme said:

Is it just me or is this entire thing just getting wackier and wackier? 

I am not an lawyer but can someone please tell me why would anyone seek this guy's deposition?  And I read it and it really doesn't have anything very incriminating? It reads like a gossip rag. 

Not a lawyer, but it looks like the current stage of this case is a motion to dismiss under CPLR 3211(a)(7), "a staple of defense counsel's practice," in which the court must "take the allegations of the complaint as true and provide plaintiff the benefit of every possible inference." (EBC I, Inc. v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., 5 N.Y.3d 11, 19 (2005)). So even somebody who would look totally unreliable to a jury might be enough to get past the prediscovery motion to dismiss the claim. 

Also, for clarity, an affidavit is not the same thing as a deposition

As a matter of pure speculation, I'd guess that lawyers would use him because he was available and willing to make his statement on relatively short notice. (Nguyen also seems to have some interest in the legal system independent of his larceny case.)

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26 minutes ago, balletforme said:

Is it just me or is this entire thing just getting wackier and wackier? 

I am not an lawyer but can someone please tell me why would anyone seek this guy's deposition?  And I read it and it really doesn't have anything very incriminating? It reads like a gossip rag. 

I am a bit surprised Waterbury's lawyer could not do better than this. "Man convicted of stealing old folks blind and living high on the proceeds provides company gossip," is maybe not a great look. I get that he was with Waterbury and Finlay at the gala, but - sheesh. Of course, if he weren't a thief and a liar he wouldn't have been there in the first place, so I suppose the point is moot.....

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This Nguyen  affidavit is really bizarre.  Pearl-clutching from an indicted thief and embezzler,  over private affairs that are none of his business.  He really undermines Waterbury's suit.  Evidently everybody in the vicinity of Lincoln Center knew Finlay's reputation as a lothario,  and his penchant for soliciting and sharing naughty photos.  Everybody except Waterbury,  a consenting adult who willingly engaged in an affair with him.  It reminds me of the punchline of the song The Old Lady and the Snake - "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in." 

Nguyen seems to be one of those social butterflies who just can't pass up the chance to involve himself in a juicy story.

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1 hour ago, On Pointe said:

This Nguyen  affidavit is really bizarre.  Pearl-clutching from an indicted thief and embezzler,  over private affairs that are none of his business.  He really undermines Waterbury's suit.  Evidently everybody in the vicinity of Lincoln Center knew Finlay's reputation as a lothario,  and his penchant for soliciting and sharing naughty photos.  Everybody except Waterbury,  a consenting adult who willingly engaged in an affair with him.  It reminds me of the punchline of the song The Old Lady and the Snake - "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in." 

Nguyen seems to be one of those social butterflies who just can't pass up the chance to involve himself in a juicy story.

An affair? Neither of them were married. It is called a relationship.

 

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I'm not sure the word affair has anything to do with marriage. Also, relationship usually implies something more serious, and more trusting, than what we're talking about here.

 

definition of affair

1aaffairs plural : commercial, professional, public, or personal business handles the company's public affairsan expert in foreign affairs
b: MATTER, CONCERNHow I choose to live is my affair, not yours.
2: a procedure, action, or occasion only vaguely specifiedalso : an object or collection of objects only vaguely specified Their house was a 2-story affair. 

3or less commonly affaire

a: a romantic or passionate attachment typically of limited duration : LIAISONsense 2bhad an affair with a coworker
b: a matter occasioning public anxiety, controversy, or scandal : CASEthe Watergate affair of the early 1970s
 

 

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6 hours ago, Rock said:

Also, relationship usually implies something more serious, and more trusting, than what we're talking about here.

 

I think both Finlay and Waterbury had characterized themselves as having been in a relationship with each other. I think they lasted about a year or so.

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