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Re: “P&C article looks at the shaky state of affairs at Charleston Ballet Theatre

I think that this information that both the Post & Courier as well as the City Paper present are something of value. Supporters of the arts need to know that the money they earn and chose to give to the community in such a generous way is being spent responsibly. While I agree with Ms. Vogelzang in that it "is imperative that the artists with the vision and passion be supported by their communities to ensure that these arts organizations survive" I have to wonder if it's worth supporting an organization that is fiscally irresponsible. Numbers don't lie (and if they do, the IRS should be contacted) and if they aren't making the numbers, it's time to try something new, perhaps new artistic leadership (or new CEO). There is a reason that they can't fill the seats and it's time to put the excuse of the recession of 2008 still being the cause of financial distress. Other organizations made it through and are now thriving. Perhaps the problem is that there hasn't been any innovation on stage to fill the seats within the last few years. This does not mean that the talent hasn't been there, just that it has been underutilized.

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Posted by stoplying on March 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

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

This is the tip of the iceburg. There have been artistic atrocities done at this establishment for years. The recent "original" works done by the artistic staff only make it that much more obvious of what is stolen intellectual property and what truly is original. The facts of this article are that 1. intellectual property was in fact stolen 2. The "management" were made aware of it 3. Nothing was done. If the "management" were aware of these illegalities and heads were just stuck in the sand then I suggest an entire artistic and "management" staff overhall.

Oh, and these artists are NOT "prima donnas" . In fact, many of them have 1-2 extra jobs just to pay the bills as some of the dancers aren't salaried but paid on a per performance basis. On that note, some of the performers may not even be paid at all depending on their company status. They don't want "exceptional" treatment, just to be appreciated and respected. Why not bite if they're not even feeding you?

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Posted by stoplying on October 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM
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