By Ian Mohr
Choreographer Peter Martins — who resigned from the New York City Ballet, which he was also director of, amid allegations of sexual harassment and physical abuse — has been spotted working in Russia.
Sources said that Martins was recently at the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, where he is overseeing the famed theater’s various productions of Balanchine.NPR reported early last year when Martins stepped down from the NYCB: “The #MeToo moment has come to the world of ballet.” Martins denied the allegations against him, and an internal investigation could not corroborate the claims.
Either way, the Denmark-born Martins, 72, became toxic in New York’s ballet world.
A source said of his gig in Russia, “They take a different approach to social issues. He’s not in the Ecuadorean Embassy, but he is at the Mariinsky.” Another source said Martins was only there for a couple weeks to rehearse and does not have a full-time appointment at the theater. In February, the New York Times reported that the Balanchine Trust had approved a request by the Mariinsky for Martins to oversee the legend’s work.
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