Written by Gia Kourlas for The New York Times on June 23rd, 2016, this article highlights what leaders in the community thought of the inequity in ballet at the time. Notably interviewed and defensive of the field was Peter Martins, who left New York City Ballet last year following accusations of assault, leading the company into a year of scandal. “’Listen, I’ve lived in a women’s world my whole life,’ said Peter Martins, the ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet. ‘The last thing we are is sexist here.’ At the same time, the lack of female choreographers is glaringly obvious at City Ballet and other major ballet companies.”
Today, New York City Ballet has hired new leadership (including a woman as associate artistic director – Wendy Whelan). What would the comments be for the same article today, and who would weight in?
Read the article in The New York Times.