Michael Goldbarth wrote:
for a very disturbing article about management at Washington Ballet. I had no idea that the AD of Washington Ballet had attempted to ‘not re-engage’ the two dancers who organized their fellow slaves to join the union. I’m sure it was all just a coincidence!
What a shame that the capital of the U.S.A. cannot afford to support a ballet company. Shame… Shame… Shame…
It is truly a shame about this situation, however, I encourage everyone who is reading and following the situation not to lean towards any one side on this for the mere fact that none of us know all of what is going on, only what is being reported. Michael, you have quoted an article from a dance tabloid and as interesting as it is, it is VERY one sided. I have a little experience with this particular publication because of the fact that this very same tabloid last year made accusations about myself and a few of my collegues breaking a strike because that was AGMA's initial stance on the situation, nothing could have been farther from the truth. As time went on the truth eventually came out and when all was said and done a few months later AGMA actually wrote apology letters to some of the dancers involved with that situation about the public scrutiny. Letters aside, the public perception of what people read and believe is irreversable. Not like I or my collegues ever lost any sleep over it but people do actually tend to believe what they read. I am not saying that the company management of Washington Ballet is not partially to blame in this situation, and that goes for AGMA too. What I am saying is don't take sides in a labor dispute without knowing all the facts and issues, regardless of what some tabloid publishes
. Labor conflicts can be extremely complex and the only side all of us should be taking on this is that the Washington Ballet goes back to work ASAP so we don't loose another American dance company.
By the way, you couldn't find a quote from the mightiest tabloid of them all, the New York Post? There is definitely some page 6 material going on here