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Re: “Charleston Ballet Theatre accused of using works without permission

Just by reading the 40 plus comments that have been passionately added to this thread this issue obviously goes far beyond just the copyright infringement and plagiarism mentioned in the article. There seems to be a common theme with mentions of Bahr's possible misappropriations of funds, abusive behavior, poor management skills over and over and over again. So many people saying almost the exact same thing cannot simply be passed off as bitterness or resentment.

Publicly dismissing dancers who spoke out as being 'troublemakers' says it all really. No one in their right mind or with decent judgement would be so brazen and careless as to say something like that to the press about a former employee.

And you're a bit off the mark Anita about board duties. Coming from someone who has sat on boards before, a board of directors' job includes more than just 'getting and giving money', its also to govern checks and balances and to make final decisions on serious accusations and issues such as brought up in this article and the comments on here.

As quoted from two of the top 10 basic responsibilities of a board are to:

a) 'Support and evaluate the chief executive. The board should ensure that the chief executive has the moral and professional support he or she needs to further the goals of the organization.'


b) 'Ensure legal and ethical integrity. The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.'

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Posted by BigJilm on October 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Charleston Ballet Theatre accused of using works without permission

Don't engage this actiondog person in an argument guys. Clearly that is exactly what they want. Just stick to the facts of the article, there's plenty there.

Posted by BigJilm on October 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Charleston Ballet Theatre accused of using works without permission

There is no need for name calling and petty accusations in this forum...just stick to the real facts of what is at hand.

1. Mr. Gabriel admittedly plagiarizing at least once (and seemingly on other occasions over the years) and continues to work for the ballet.

2. Ms. Bahr, while stating she had no idea, clearly was aware something was going on...otherwise what sort of a boss or artist for that matter can she be that she cant recognize a famous choreographer's work right in front of her face.

3. Ms. Bahr takes no responsibility for anything that is brought up in the article, instead deflecting by calling people 'troublemakers' and dismissing serious accusations as 'a misunderstanding'. Too many things coming out here at once for none of it to fall back on the person in charge.

4. Plagiarism is not only wrong but illegal. No matter what the form...writing, painting, choreography, its all the same. It is intellectual property and the sole ownership of the artist who created it. The fact that Mr. Gabriel is still allowed to teach and instruct aspiring and professional dancers is an insult to anyone who has ever worked for CBT or called themselves an artist at all for that matter.

Shame on Ms. Bahr for allowing that sort of behavior to continue and doing seemingly nothing about it. What sort of an example does that set for the hundreds of impressionable young dancers in the company's dance school? I would imagine if Ms. Bahr found one of her ballets were being performed somewhere without her permission or if someone passed her choreography off as their own, she would stop at nothing to make sure the appropriate parties were relinquished of their duties and punished to the full extent.

And that is where the underlying issue seems to surface...a severe case of double standards and gross mismanagement on her watch...and what a dangerous position of power for someone like that to be in any arts community.

And how can their board of directors confidently say they feel 'satisfied with the action that was taken to remedy the situation.' ?

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Posted by BigJilm on October 6, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Charleston Ballet Theatre accused of using works without permission

Bravo to the dancers and others who stood up for themselves and weren't afraid to speak their mind about this article. Stealing is stealing no matter what the medium and a 'reprimand' is the solution that was agreed upon? What an excellent example to set for a 'world class professional dance company'.

And as the previous comment states, Bahr does seem very defensive and inarticulate in her comments. If Mr. Swan was such a 'troublemaker' then why was he offered a contract to return? So much of what she says makes no sense. This is just the tip of the iceberg I would imagine and unfortunately for Ms. Bahr, her reputation isnt' going to do her any favors...and is Mr. Gabriel, the person who seems responsible for the copyright infringement, still working for the company? And if so, why?

And bravo to The City Paper for having the balls to write this story, fairly and even handed as it is. Good work.

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Posted by BigJilm on October 5, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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