Music Academy of the West launches the 2013 summer season in Santa Barbara – my review for CASA Magazine

 

 

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Barbara Bocher speaks out at last, about her short-lived career as the youngest protégé of choreographer George Balanchine at the New York City Ballet during the company’s formative years (1949-1954) and the psychologically abusive behavior of Jerome Robbins, ignored by Balanchine, that ended her promising career prematurely: a cautionary tale about verbal and psychological child abuse


Daniel Kepl interviews Barbara Bocher, who has lived quietly for over 60 years in Santa Barbara, but in the late 40s and early 50s, was the youngest member of the New York City Ballet. Her story is about the indifference of NYC Ballet founder George Balanchine to her plight, as she was systematically exploited and verbally abused by Jerome Robbins, America’s famous and closeted Broadway choreographer. We know better now about child abuse and its many manifestions, but Barbara Bocher’s story reminds us how far we have yet to travel in vigilantly combating a resurgence of that shamefully oppressive, Joseph McCarthy-poisoned period in American history. This is a long interview, but an important one, about the beginnings of professional dance in America.

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Following Beethoven — an interview with film writer/director Kerry Candaele on his powerful new documentary “Following The Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony.”

Daniel Kepl interviews film writer/director Kerry Candaele on the eve of the premier of his new documentary Following The Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony, which explores the global impact of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony through the eyes of ordinary people and activists who shaped history, from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, to the torture prisons of Santiago, Chile and beyond.

A special screening at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara on June 4th at 7:00 pm will be followed by a post screening Q&A with Director Kerry Candaele and Susan Anderson from the Santa Barbara Symphony.

Tickets: www.followingtheninth.com or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/374410

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