It pains me to say this - but your comments on The Judas Tree are bordering in my view on something the Moderators should take a look at. The whole basis of your post are your own personal / political views on the issue of rape - and you have allowed yourself to become hysterical, your post is a hysterical rant. It's fine for you not to like the piece of course - but then analyse how the execution of the work (choreography, music, design, performance etc) have failed - but to tear the use of any particular subject apart merely for its own sake is not surely appropriate here. You are basically saying that you find the subject of rape distasteful - well yes of course we all find the act of rape distasteful, but art knows no bounds Cassandra. There are rape scenes in film, theatre, plays, literature, opera etc - where have you been? Are you saying you are in favour of censorship in art, and that certain subjects (in this case a gang rape of a female) should not be portrayed in art?
If you feel that strongly about the subject, you should have sat the middle work out, I know you have seen it before, so I am mystified why you would watch it again if it genuinely causes such a reaction.
Your hysterical reaction to the subject matter has caused you to entirely miss the point of the work. It seems to have escaped notice that the woman is effectively an allegorical figure - she reappears at the end even though she has been "killed". In this reappearance she is portrayed in a "state of grace" - calm, dignified, "superior" to the men who have become little more than animals around her. And this whilst the men have (through their own degenerate acts of rape, gang violence, murder of one of their own, and suicide etc) imploded in on themselves as a result of their own disgusting behaviour. The ballets ends not with the men in a triumphant state of victory over what they have done to the woman, but instead they are clearly already on the express train to Hell. To my mind the piece ends with the woman the victor - making the point that the "victim" is morally speaking the victor, whilst the perpetrators of such an evil act are condemned to behave like animals in the gutter. This is not a celebration of rape (as peversely Cassandra you seem to have taken it) but, it seems to me, a powerful condemnation of it. Would we all not want to be in the woman's calm "state of grace" at the end, rather than the men's tortured state swinging from the make shift gallows of the scaffold?
The Judas Tree is not a "repellent" work Cassandra - the act of gang rape is "repellent" yes, but not a work of art that portrays the act. You are getting the two confused. The act of murder is also a "repellent" act, but this does make Shakespeare’s Othello a "repellent work" because it culminates in a horrific murder scene. God knows where such an approach would leave Macbeth! To stick only to ballet, to follow your argument that Judas Tree is "an insult" to every rape victim, also means that Flemming Flint's The Lesson is "an insult" to every child / young girl who has ever been molested, or worse murdered, by a teacher or figure of authority. After all the acts of paedophilia, child molestation and child murder are also pretty repellent, but I don't recall you protesting like this when The Lesson is performed. In that the terror of the girl is graphically portrayed as the teacher becomes more and more deranged. In fact, I recall you rather like The Lesson. You have allowed a personal strength of feeling over the rape issue to colour your posting.
The fact remains that there is a nasty, distasteful, dark side to the human psyche, as has been the case through all human history, and I think art in general should portray that. Gang rape exists (unfortunately) and as such it is right that if an artist wishes to make a work about the subject they should do so. Indeed I think it good that we humans can look into this dark side now and again - as a warning for us all to be on guard. And yes Judas Tree is pretty graphic, but so be it - I don't believe in "prettifying" a nasty subject, show it for what it is. The piece and the lessons we can all take from it are far more powerful that way. Life is not always a "Fille Mal Gardee" - and ballet can and should reflect that the same as any other medium.
Let's be accurate here - there is no evidence for the sweeping statement that the piece is "detested by a large section of the public". It has been constantly revived because people want to see it - it is a powerful theatrical piece, containing some outstanding choreography - and the audience the night Cassandra was there were cheering. And let's stop childish comments like "...treating the savage gang rape of a female as mere entertainment" - this comment is beneath you Cassandra, as you very well know the theatre and art do far more than just entertain us - they also teach us lessons, make us think about issues, educate us, provoke our intellectual and emotional intelligence, and, as in the case of the Judas Tree, challenge our perceptions of morality and inform us what human beings are capable of if we do not all "stand guard".
I actually find it quite insulting that you suggest that the subject matter of the piece is turned into an "...amusing on stage incident for the Royal Opera House's overwhelmingly middle class audience's titillation". What utter nonsense! You really should have taken a step back, and such an ill informed assessment says far more about your views - you seem obsessed by the idea that any portrayal of rape is belittling the issue, treating it as if it is not a serious issue. You are the ONLY person I have ever heard suggest that they think the way MacMillan has portrayed rape in the Judas Tree is as an "amusing on stage incident". The fact is he does not portray it in an amusing way, he portrays it for exactly what it is - vicious, barbaric, violent, disgusting. You Cassandra are assuming that people like me that like the Judas Tree as a piece or extremely powerful theatre find it "amusing" - well no, we don't actually. We find it shocking, powerful, disturbing, emotionally and morally destabilising, but not "amusing". And as for the accusation that people like the work becuase they find it "titillating" I think your hysteria reached such heights there I am unable to comment. No one (apart presumably from rapists) finds rape in any way "titillating" and I think you might want to be a bit careful about trying to suggest the entire "middle class" (which is actually the majority of the population) find such a thing as rape either "amusing" or "titillating".
I'm sorry to say the post to which I have responded says far more about the author's own personal views and "hang ups" on the subject matter of The Judas Tree, than it does about the work itself or the recent performances. I think in future if anyone has a really strong, bordering on hysterical view of a particular subject they are best to sit out any ballet about it and certainly refrain from then attempting to review it!