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The News That Didn’t Make It: Episode 20

This news didn’t make Stage Door Live Episode 20, but it’s important. Hillary Dziminski looks at the Ballet West scandal, a call for leadership at ALRA, Opera legend Placido Domingo, and more.
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Howdy, folks. You’ll never guess what. I’m in rehearsals. Okay not at this exact moment but that’s where I was today! All day! In a rehearsal room! And oh was it glorious. The joy of directing again, in a room, with real life human beings. What a rush. Now. Let’s check out this weeks cut-for-time headlines.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to help Ballet West students continue training

Remember last week on Stage Door Live we covered the closure of Ballet West after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against its Vice Principal Jonathan Barton? Well, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has stepped in and is helping the stranded students to complete their training.

“The team has auditioned a number of the school’s full-time, aged 16-plus students and we will be looking, where possible, to make offers of places within the conservatoire’s ballet programme for the coming academic year.”

According to coverage in The Stage, the Glasgow conservatoire have opened a number of additional places on their programme with intentions to offer them to young dancers who had their 2020-2021 academic year turned upside-down last month. Excellent.

ALRA graduates call for leadership change after school ‘fails to tackle racism’

An open letter penned by 13 former students of the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts detailing numerous incidents of racism has now been made available to the public. The letter was sent to the institution 8 weeks ago and signatories confirmed receipt of the letter but have not given a response; thus the signatories of the letter decided to make it public. ALRA graduates are calling for a complete overhaul of the school’s leadership in light of its failures to address racism within the institution.

Opera legend in fresh bid to clear his name over claims he abused power

Plácido Domingo, a renowned Spanish opera singer, has been accused of abuse of power, harassment, and inappropriate sexual conduct while in management positions at Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera. He hopes to “smooth things over” because he says this is all just “a misunderstanding” (according to coverage in the Irish Independent) …

He’s recently recovered from a 10-day stay in the hospital with Coronavirus but apparently he’s on a mission to recover his career before his impending 80th birthday.

Center REPertory Company in California has not only put their programming on pause until 2021, but they’ve also eliminated a number of staff positions in light of Covid related financial deficits. That includes the Artistic Director, Michael Butler. This strikes me as a really interesting move; it’s basically the inverse of what’s going on in London where loads of casual staff are being let go while all the high-up poweful people are keeping their positions.

We talked briefly about the protests taking place on London’s Southbank on this week’s show but for some contextual / related reading, check out these headlines:

RSC to begin redundancy talks as 2020 reopening ruled out

ATG in disagreement with BECTU over redundancy pay for casual workers

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And just for some programming related headlines…

Glyndebourne announces first indoor shows since lockdown and 2021 season – Very exciting; I’m particularly intrigued by the ‘semi-staged version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute‘.

Waterloo East Theatre launches pop-up open air performance space – I’m still baffled by the new outdoor events rules here in Ireland; I can’t quite get my head around how it’s safer to have 50 people indoors than it is to have 6 outdoors. Or is it 15? Honestly, still very confusing. But I’m happy to see other places embracing outdoor performance possibilities.

Michael Sheen and Indira Varma to star in Faith Healer at Old Vic – Okay, don’t @me but…I’ve never read or seen Faith Healer. BUT I do love other Brian Friel plays and I love the Old Vic so you can count me in based on those two things alone.

Watch now: Dublin Fringe Festival director Ruth McGowan and MALAPROP Theatre speak to The Irish Times on what it means…

Posted by Dublin Fringe Festival on Friday, August 28, 2020

And before I leave you with my weekly Accomplice Appendix, I wan to give a little shout out to this lovely video from the Irish Times showcasing our beloved Dublin Fringe Festival.

Have a great weekend, folks; see you on the flipside. (I can’t really pull that off, can I? Oh well.)


Accomplice Appendix

Reveal | Podcast – I love a good podcast and I’m two and a half episodes in to the American Rehab episodes of ‘Reveal’, which is an investigative journalism podcast. I’ve already learned so much about the American rehab system and how it’s changed over the years.

The Guilty Feminist | Podcast – Okay I told you I love a podcast! ‘The Guilty Feminist’ has been one of my favorites for years, I’ve even been to see it live at Vicar Street. What I love most is that it’s extremely intersectional and there is no topic that goes untouched. Lots to learn from all the brilliant feminists involved.

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