NYCB essentially 'owns' the State Theatre - it was built for ballet and Balanchine - kate
This is simply not true, you are mistaken, the city of new york (taxpayers) own the entire of lincoln center. Like I said, NYCB and ABT have special arrangements that give them a greatly reduced rental rate and priority at both venues but neither outright owns any part of the facilities. Those buildings were built with taxpayer dollars and will continue to be governed by local and state authorities.
I don't know how long you have been in or around New York City but a while back there was a whole todo about the local 100 union handing out flyers in a labor protest against the powers that be in Lincoln Center on the columbus ave. side of the complex. The high ups at lincoln center tried to have them arrested and the whole thing went to the NLRB which finally handed down the decision that because of the fact that Lincoln Center was a complex owned by the city (essentially the taxpayers) that people were legally allowed to protest or distribute flyers right outside of the facility.
ABT on the other hand rents out the space at the Met, so is at the mercy of the Met Opera schedule - kate
Yes, it is at the mercy of the MET Opera, but they don't rent it from the MET Opera, the rent it from the city and at a subsidized rate.
You can see the difference just by looking at the websites - to rent out the State Theatre, you go via the NYCB website. For the Met, it's via the Met Opera website.- kate
I will be performing at the State Theatre in April 2006 and can tell you for a fact that you do not go through NYCB's website or NYCB at all to rent the space. Sure, you are at the mercy of NYCB for availability, as you are with the New York City Opera, but neither organization owns, has the ultimate power to say ye or nay, or sees money from the rental of the theatre to a third party, the board of directors at Lincoln Center and the city of new york does because that is who owns it. I PROMISE you that this is accurate. Simply do some searching on the Net about the NLRB decision with local 100. The decision talks all about who owns the complex and what rights the citzens of new york had to protest on and around the property.
I do find it interesting that their union does not post the contract, where as AGMA has done that for most of the companies it deals with.- kate
This info would not be hard to obtain though. ABT is a not for profit and all of their financial records must be disclosed to the public in their annual reports, including salaries. Regarding AGMA, well, I won't talk about that because they have a decency rule here at CD that I would surely violate.
As to work weeks - it ain't the easy life. Not 9 to 5 and six peroformance days a week during the season. If it's anything like NYCB, during performance weeks seeing the sun is a rarity..- kate
Sun? who needs sun?? Just the gleaming, blinding, glow of spotlights and life is good. lol