By Robin Pogrebin
22 February 2019
Peter Martins was supposed to have bowed out of New York City Ballet, the company he ran for 35 years.
But more than a year after he left amid allegations of sexual harassment and physical and verbal abuse, he continues to make his presence felt in ways both big and small — including by ordering last-minute cast changes in performances of his ballets and showing up backstage after a show.
Ashley Bouder, a star dancer, said Mr. Martins removed her at the 11th hour from the opening-night cast of “The Sleeping Beauty” — a position she held for nearly a decade — as retribution for publicly calling for a new day at the company.
“It completely blindsided me,” Ms. Bouder said.
Contractually, living choreographers are given final approval in artistic decisions, including casting, and the right to go backstage after performances, though they typically yield to the wishes of management.
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