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Re: “On Pointe

To The People of Boise, It should be made clear that the decision to end the alliance between Ballet Idaho and Eugene Ballet solely rests with Ballet Idaho. At no point were the Eugene Ballet board, alliance production staff, artistic staff, or dancers interested in its termination. Moreover, the accusation that the production staff, artistic staff and dancers solely belonged to the Eugene Ballet Company is ludicrous. It was an alliance. This is not the first attempt Ballet Idaho has made to end the alliance; I have written to the board of Ballet Idaho on two separate occasions within the past five years pleading with them not to sever the alliance. It is important to understand the fact that all of the company dancers resided and participated in the Boise community. Moreover, it is misinformation that artistic director Toni Pimble and associate artistic Director Peter Pawlyshyn did not also reside in Boise. In fact, Peter Pawlyshyn has had to put his Boise property on the market because of the recent separation. In point of fact, the city of Eugene has been remarkably tolerant of the fact that they have funded more than half of the alliance budget for a company that has not resided or regularly rehearsed there for the past fourteen years. I am appalled that Ballet Idaho would destroy a successful and advantageous partnership of fourteen years, where it was responsible for less than half of the company’s operating budget, and turn its back on those who have dedicated themselves to dance in Boise, instead labeling us as hired help. Also, please consider these matters: In regards to increasing performances throughout the year, Ballet Idaho as it existed in the alliance performed five times the amount the New Ballet Idaho will. Ballet Idaho company members performed in educational outreach programs throughout Idaho schools two weeks annually during the alliance. Ironically, the New Ballet Idaho has refused to send company members into public schools for performances, though the board president for the New Ballet Idaho allegedly promotes the importance of early introduction of arts to the youth in local communities. Ballet Idaho has been left without sets and costumes as they belong to Eugene Ballet Company. During the alliance they were encouraged to purchase these necessities, but in each circumstance, they insisted Eugene Ballet cover the expense and flat out refused to buy them with one exception. I was forced to make a decision between performing for Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Idaho although I have close ties to the community of Boise. Ultimately, in Eugene I believe I have found stability in an organization that actively seeks funding to keep me employed instead of coming up with the bare minimum required. I have found an arts organization whose board members have always seen me as part of the company and a community that embraces me though I have just begun living there. I will truly miss my many friends and patrons in Boise.

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Posted by Jennifer Martin on 07/16/2008 at 8:34 AM

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