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By The Numbers: Who Are The Bosses At US Ballet Companies And What Are They Paid?

“[This new report finds] that the position of Artistic Director is held by far more men than women, while the position of Executive Director is much more equitably distributed. However, in both Artistic and Executive Director roles, men are compensated at a higher rate than their female counterparts.” (One prominent detail: Peter Martins earned way more than anyone else — though one must grant that New York City Ballet is three times the size of the country’s next largest company, San Francisco...
Tags: Art, US, Dance, New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, 06.10.21

Lauren Lovette, Retired NY City Ballet Star, Moves Into Her Next Career: Choreography

“For Lovette, becoming a choreographer was something she grew into. ‘When I was 18 and I had just joined the New York City Ballet and the corps, I remember doing a piece next to Justin Peck … and I thought, ‘That’s a choreographer. I’m not. I’ll just stick to dancing. I don’t think I have what it takes.’ And it was my boss. Peter Martins, who ever since that day thought that my piece was really good, even if I didn’t think so. Every year, in passing, he’d say, ‘She’s a choreographer.'” – Los An...
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Lauren Lovette, Lovette, Justin Peck, Peter Martins, 05.21.21

Arts Philanthropist Anne Bass Dead At 79

The first wife of Fort Worth oil billionaire Sid Bass, she ultimately “became one of New York’s most respected philanthropists, supporting, in large but unflashy ways, the New York Botanical Garden, the Museum of Modern Art and … the New York Public Library and its Jerome Robbins Dance Division.” She was best known for her long support of New York City Ballet and its school, though she left its board in 2005 after giving warnings, then unheeded, about the behavior of the company’s and school’s ...
Tags: Art, New York, People, New York Public Library, Fort Worth, New York City Ballet, Sid Bass, Anne Bass, Peter Martins, 04.08.20, New York Botanical Garden the Museum of Modern Art, Jerome Robbins Dance

How To Neutralize The Ugly Chinese Stereotypes In ‘Nutcracker”s ‘Tea’ Dance

Phil Chan And Georgina Pazcoguin have become the go-to advisors on this subject since then-NY City Ballet chief Peter Martins asked them to address it in the company’s Balanchine Nutcracker. “We’ve discovered three areas in the divertissement,” they write, “where creative questioning can help productions become more respectful to Chinese culture, while remaining faithful to the artistic visions of the past.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, SJ, Georgina Pazcoguin, Peter Martins, NY City Ballet, 10.21.19, Phil Chan, Balanchine Nutcracker

How Suzanne Farrell Came Back To New York City Ballet, 26 Years After Peter Martins Fired Her

Amy Brandt, who danced in Farrell’s company in Washington, DC, talks with Farrell about her return to the troupe where she became a star, and watches her coach Sara Mearns and Russell Janzen in a piece that Balanchine choreographed on her: the “Diamonds” act of Jewels. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Washington Dc, Farrell, New York City Ballet, Balanchine, Suzanne Farrell, Sara Mearns, Peter Martins, Amy Brandt, Russell Janzen, 05.03.19

Suzanne Farrell Returns To NYCity Ballet For First Time Since Peter Martins Fired Her In 1993

Farrell’s return to the company’s studios could be further evidence that its new leaders — Director Jonathan Stafford and Associate Director Wendy Whelan — are continuing to make changes for the good. It also seems like a healing act. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, Farrell, Wendy Whelan, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Jonathan Stafford, 04.12.19

Peter Martins Is Retired From New York City Ballet, But He Won’t Go Away

“More than a year after he left amid allegations of sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse, he continues to make his presence felt in ways both big and small — including by ordering last-minute cast changes in performances of his ballets and showing up backstage after a show,” much to some dancers’ discomfort. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, 02.22.19

Joan Acocella: How New York City Ballet Was Brought Down To Earth (An Epic And Chilling Account)

“People trying to assess Peter Martins’s career should keep in mind that, in the history of ballet, he had what was probably the worst case, ever, of big shoes to fill. Balanchine was an artist on the order of Bach or Tolstoy, in the sense that he had a long career, an enormous range, and a kind of poetic force that made people, when they saw his ballets, think about their lives differently, more seriously. If, at the end of time, anyone ever congratulates us on being the human race, he will be...
Tags: Art, Dance, Tolstoy, Bach, Balanchine, Joan Acocella, Peter Martins, New York City Ballet Was Brought Down To Earth

NY City Ballet’s SuperFan

Edward Gorey “was very breezy about his opinions,” tossing them off in an artless manner, Peter Anastos says. “He just sat back and proclaimed evident truths about the company from a lofty cloud.” He had a flair for the bitchy bon mot, dubbing Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins, neither of whom he could abide, “the world’s tallest albino asparagus.” Asked about the moldy chestnuts of the classical repertoire, he sniffed, “Les sylphides? Where they’re all looking for their contact lenses?” That sa...
Tags: Art, Dance, Edward Gorey, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Peter Anastos, NY City Ballet, 11.01.18

Why Have Men In Ballet Gotten Away With Abuse? Hero Worship Plus Supply-And-Demand

“It’s like a cult,” says Alexandra Waterbury, the accuser at the center of the New York City Ballet nude photo-sharing scandal, of the deference that was given to the bad behavior of the likes of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. As for why women don’t speak up and male dancers get a pass — as one former NYCB dancer puts it, “Women are a dime a dozen.”
Tags: Art, Dance, NYCB, New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, George Balanchine Jerome Robbins, Alexandra Waterbury, 11.02.18

At Long Last, Balanchine’s Own Stars Are Back At New York City Ballet To Coach

“Amid [its current] turmoil, the company faces an artistic challenge: The sudden dearth of experienced ballet masters who worked with Balanchine.” (Many of them had been kept away from the company by Balanchine’s successor, the just-retired Peter Martins.) “Now it’s not just the dancers who need coaches, but also a new generation of ballet masters, including Rebecca Krohn, Glenn Keenan, Craig Hall and Jonathan Stafford.” So Stafford has brought in Patricia McBride, Edward Villella, and Mimi Paul...
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Balanchine, Peter Martins, 10.05.18, Long Last Balanchine, Rebecca Krohn Glenn Keenan Craig Hall, Jonathan Stafford So Stafford, Patricia McBride Edward Villella, Mimi Paul, B Gia Kourlas

‘Mr. Balanchine’s Stage Is Now Filled With Rot’, Writes Former New York City Ballet Dancer In New York Times Op-Ed

Toni Bentley: “The company has now formally hit its nadir after 35 years under the direction of Peter Martins, who succeeded Mr. Balanchine. As a lead dancer for Mr. Balanchine, Mr. Martins embodied a singular purity that made him one of the great male dancers of the 20th century. But the company, under his guidance, is now proffering vulgarity, narcissism and amorality … [and] this descent into moral vacuity has been in the works for decades.”
Tags: Art, New York, Dance, Martins, Balanchine, Toni Bentley, Peter Martins, New York City Ballet Dancer, 09.17.18

Peter Martins, Former New York City Ballet Chief, Convicted Of Drunk Driving

The 71-year-old, who retired from City Ballet late last year amid controversial charges of violent bullying and sexual harassment, was found guilty for an incident that happened in late December. This is his second conviction on a charge of driving while impaired.
Tags: Art, People, New York City Ballet, City Ballet, Peter Martins, 08.14.18

Assessing The State Of NY City Ballet After Peter Martins

City Ballet — still the world’s most valuable company for the excellence of its classical-modernist repertory — is in remarkably good shape. Had Mr. Martins resigned a decade or two earlier, the same could not have been said. Just what happened to make the difference in the years 2008-18? There are multiple answers. Dancers have learned again […]
Tags: Art, Dance, Martins, Peter Martins, 05.31.18, State Of NY City Ballet

Why It's So Difficult For The Dance Field To Root Out Sexual Harassment

The cases of Peter Martins and Marcelo Gomes are the only ones from the dance world to have hit the national media in the #MeToo era, and the movement's momentum seems to have faded in the field seems to have dissipated. "[Yet] we've barely scratched the surface of the dance world's harassment problem. One reason […]
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Dance, Marcelo Gomes, Peter Martins, 05.21.18

How Is New York City Ballet Doing Without Peter Martins - And What's Next?

As City Ballet is run by a team of four (three ballet masters and a choreographer), Alistair Macauley sums up a few recent changes: "Whoever takes over City Ballet long-term must address not just the legacy of Mr. Martins but also the achievements of this interregnum, too. A controversial slap in Mr. Martins’s Romeo + […]
Tags: Art, Dance, Martins, City Ballet, Peter Martins, 02.23.18, New York City Ballet Doing, Alistair Macauley

New York City Ballet's Investigation Finds Peter Martins Accusations 'Not Corroborated'

The inquiry, done by attorneys hired by the company and its school, into allegations of sexual harassment, bullying, and physical abuse that led the longtime chief of City Ballet to retire reportedly found no verification for the accusations. However, several former dancers, including some interviewed by the attorneys, argue that the entire exercise was meant […]
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, City Ballet, Peter Martins, 02.15.18

At NY City Ballet - Tapping The Original Balanchine Masters

Why have even senior City Ballet dancers been deprived for so long of interpretive wisdom about this (and many other) Balanchine ballets? When Peter Martins was ballet master in chief (1983-2018), Ms. McBride was among the many creators of Balanchine roles who — as if in exile — were seldom if ever invited to coach […]
Tags: Art, Dance, Balanchine, NY City, Peter Martins, 02.13.18, Ms McBride

New York City Ballet Isn't Dropping Peter Martins's Ballets (But It Is Making Small Changes)

As Michael Cooper reports, City Ballet has "no intention of editing him out of the company's history, the way Kevin Spacey was cut out of the film All the Money in the World after he was accused of misconduct. The Martins ballets remain important to the ticket sales and continuing the company's fortunes." Even so, […]
Tags: Art, Dance, Kevin Spacey, Michael Cooper, Martins, Peter Martins, 02.12.18, New York City Ballet Isn

An Open Letter To New York City Ballet Dancers Supporting Peter Martins

Former NYCB corps member Sophie Flack: "I have known some of you for a long time, so I'm telling you this as a friend: by posting on social media your sadness for Peter's downfall, you are siding with an abuser. You are discrediting the men and women who've come forward, an extraordinarily difficult thing to […]
Tags: Art, New York City, Dance, Peter, NYCB, Peter Martins, 01.10.18, Sophie Flack

Ex-New York City Ballet Dancer Goes On-Camera To Detail Allegations Of Peter Martins's Violent Abuse

"Wilhelmina Frankfurt, a former NYCB ballerina and currently a dance educator, joined [Alyona Minkovski] on 'Salon Talks' to discuss Martins's legacy and reveal new claims against her former director." (text and video)
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, NYCB, Alyona Minkovski, New York City Ballet, Martins, Peter Martins, 01.08.18, Wilhelmina Frankfurt

Could Peter Martins's Departure Change How New York City Ballet Is Run?

George Balanchine set up a uniquely concentrated model of artistic leadership at his company: he choreographed, taught, coached roles, and controlled artistic policy. Peter Martins continued that model (even if he ultimately delegated choreographing duties after his own efforts fell flat). Now that Martins has resigned, Alastair Macaulay wonders if it's time to change that […]
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Martins, George Balanchine, Alastair Macaulay, Peter Martins, 01.02.18

New York City Ballet Board Knew About Peter Martins's Conduct For Years, Say Insiders

"Until accusations of sexual harassment and brutish behavior led to his retirement Monday, ... Peter Martins reigned with impunity for nearly 30 years despite reports of inappropriate behavior and complaints about his leadership, according to several current and former company executives and dancers."
Tags: Art, Dance, Peter Martins, 01.02.18

Facing Allegations Of Abuse, Peter Martins Resigns From New York City Ballet

"After accusations of sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse" - and following an arrest (his second) for drunk driving on Thursday - "Peter Martins, the powerful leader of New York City Ballet who shaped the company for more than three decades, has decided to retire."
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Peter Martins, 01.01.18, Facing Allegations Of Abuse Peter Martins

Five Dancers Accuse Peter Martins Of Physical Abuse

Mr. Martins has long been known to have intimate relationships with dancers, as well as a quick, volcanic temper. That he was able to act so freely, his critics say, points to dysfunctional power relationships between Mr. Martins and his employees, and between him and City Ballet’s management, which at times seems to have looked […]
Tags: Art, People, Martins, City Ballet, Peter Martins, 12.12.17

Peter Martins Takes Leave From New York City Ballet Following More Harassment Accusations

"One of the most important directors in the ballet world, Martins, 71, said he would temporarily step away from both NYCB and its affiliated School of American Ballet, which he also heads, in a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday afternoon. He issued the statement after The Post sought Martins's comment on a previously […]
Tags: Art, Post, New York City, Dance, The Washington Post, NYCB, Martins, School of American Ballet, Peter Martins, 12.07.17

How The Dance World Is Responding To Sexual Harassment Claims Against Peter Martins

"Immediate reactions were varied, though emotionally charged. Here are a few of the many responses"
Tags: Art, Dance, Peter Martins, 12.05.17

New York City Ballet Boss Peter Martins Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The School of American Ballet said in a statement that it "recently received an anonymous letter making general, nonspecific allegations of sexual harassment in the past by Peter Martins at both New York City Ballet and the school. ... Thus far, our investigation has not substantiated the allegations in the letter." Several former dancers say […]
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, Peter Martins, 12.04.17

Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 10.15.17

On playwrights attempting to be in the driver’s seat: my experience at Dominique Morisseau’s “Pipeline” at LCT I’ve recently starting working as an assistant professor and program director for a new MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (MA AME) at The New School. If you don’t know it,  The New School is  ...  read more AJBlog: Jumper Published 2017-10-15 ‘Just Like Real Life’ William Cody Maher & Signe Mähler William Cody Maher & Signe Mähler Oct. 21 – 28 at  Freehome / Berlin   “ two ...
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Dominique Morisseau, Igor Stravinsky, New York City Ballet, New School, George Balanchine, Peter Martins, 10.15.17, MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship MA AME, Freehome Berlin, Kay Mazzo

Peter Martins's And Darci Kistler's Daughter Arrested For Felony Burglary

Talicia Martins, a 21-year-old undergraduate at Bard College, and a friend allegedly broke into three storefront businesses in Camden, Maine and stole more than $1,000. Both have been charged with burglary and felony theft.
Tags: Art, People, CAMDEN Maine, Bard College, Darci Kistler, Peter Martins, 08.07.17, Talicia Martins

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