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Quando le sere senza Placido

Quando le sere senza Placido

Quando le sere senza Placido Perhaps we should start with what the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening night concert, for better or worse, was not: a gala evening starring Plácido Domingo. As has been documented here and elsewhere, the Philadelphians swiftly dropped Domingo after #MeToo revelations surfaced in August. David Fox (continues): The decision carries extra resonance, of course, because Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the music director of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Met. Cameron Kelsall: Yes, ... Read More »

"I Was in Disbelief": Jeffrey Epstein Targeted Dancers at NYC Studios, With Others Acting as Recruiters

"I Was in Disbelief": Jeffrey Epstein Targeted Dancers at NYC Studios, With Others Acting as Recruiters

"I Was in Disbelief": Jeffrey Epstein Targeted Dancers at NYC Studios, With Others Acting as Recruiters The New York Times reports this morning that Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier accused of sex trafficking dozens of teenage girls and young women, and who died by suicide in prison on August 10 while awaiting trial, preyed on dancers in New York City. The article tells the accounts of four women, two referenced in court papers and two ... Read More »

Agreeing to disagree

Agreeing to disagree

Agreeing to disagree “One of the most closely watched #MeToo-related legal battles in classical music — pitting the eminent conductor James Levine against the Metropolitan Opera, which fired him in 2018 amid accusations of sexual misconduct — came to an inconclusive end on Tuesday, when the two sides announced that they had quietly settled their claims against each other.” [New York Times] Source: Music-2 Agreeing to disagree Read More »

Nice nice baby

Nice nice baby

Nice nice baby “Love is a wild bird that no one can tame” sang the title character of Georges Bizet’s perennial classic opera Carmen that opened San Francisco Opera’s Summer season Wednesday at the War Memorial. Unfortunately, “tame” also seemed to be the appropriate adjective to describe the performance that night. Just three short years ago (also a summer opener), SF Opera brought in a production of Carmen by director, Calixto Bieit the very first US production of any of ... Read More »

This Museum Exhibit Shows How Dance Has Become a Form of Political Protest

This Museum Exhibit Shows How Dance Has Become a Form of Political Protest

This Museum Exhibit Shows How Dance Has Become a Form of Political Protest When the going gets tough, the tough start dancing: That’s the premise behind “Dance of Urgency,” a recently opened exhibit at MuseumsQuartier Vienna that features photos, video and other documentary material relating to the use of dance as political protest or social uprising. The groups featured in the show, largely based around clubs and electronic dance music scenes, span the globe and ... Read More »

#MoiAussi: Paris Opéra Ballet Dancers Cite Sexual Harassment

#MoiAussi: Paris Opéra Ballet Dancers Cite Sexual Harassment

#MoiAussi: Paris Opéra Ballet Dancers Cite Sexual Harassment The #MeToo movement has made its way to France’s biggest ballet company. An anonymous survey recently leaked to the French press revealed major turbulence at the Paris Opéra Ballet. The Straits Times reports that the survey was conducted by an internal group representing POB’s dancers. In it, there are numerous claims of bullying, sexual harassment and management issues. Nearly all of the dancers (132 out of 154) ... Read More »

Dada Masilo's Alternative Giselle Joins The #TimesUp Movement

Dada Masilo's Alternative Giselle Joins The #TimesUp Movement

{$inline_image} Dada Masilo's Alternative Giselle Joins The #TimesUp Movement After seeing Dada Masilo’s rendition of Giselle , I couldn’t help thinking, “If ballet did a version like this, it would transform not just the genre of the ‘story ballet,’ but, even more powerfully, the narrative of the “ballerina” itself.” I was especially interested in Masilo’s Giselle after writing A Radical Reimagining of Ballet for 2018 , which pondered how classical ballets could be modernized, and ... Read More »

Cabal me by your name

Cabal me by your name

Cabal me by your name #MeToo meets #NeverAgain It’s fortunate that the Met’s production of Luisa Miller featured the incomparable Piotr Beczala in the role of Rodolfo. Otherwise it would’ve been difficult to engage with such an unlikable protagonist—narcissistic and petulant to a fault, pulling his lover into his self-destructive mayhem like quicksand.  This, in combination with a cynical plot, which buckles under the weight of its own grief, can make for a severely depressing ... Read More »

How Does "Innocent Until Proven Guilty" Factor into Sexual Harassment of Dancers?

How Does "Innocent Until Proven Guilty" Factor into Sexual Harassment of Dancers?

How Does "Innocent Until Proven Guilty" Factor into Sexual Harassment of Dancers? I’m feeling very torn about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Everyone from a company director to teachers and dancers are being accused of sexual harassment and leaving their jobs in disgrace. What happened to the idea of being presumed innocent until proven guilty? —Conflicted, New York, NY I support the presumption of innocence. At the same time, it’s important for the dance community ... Read More »

The Power of Jerome Robbins' The Cage in the #MeToo Era

The Power of Jerome Robbins' The Cage in the #MeToo Era

The Power of Jerome Robbins' The Cage in the #MeToo Era The encounter with man-eating female creatures in Jerome Robbins’ The Cage never fails to shock audiences. As this tribe of insects initiates the newly-born Novice into their community and prepares her for the attack of the male Intruders, the ballet draws us into a world of survival and instinct. This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of Jerome Robbins’ birth, and a number of Robbins ... Read More »

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