Paris Ballet Opera Dancers Report Harassment and Poor Management In Internal Survey
The Telegraph reports that dancers at the Paris Opera Ballet reported via an internal survey by the artistic expression commission that 77% of dancers had been a victim of harassment in the workplace or had seen a colleague mistreated. 26% reported they had suffered or witnessed sexual harassment.
The Telegraph notes while Paris Opera director Stephane Lissner says the company has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment, 87% of dancers said the process to report an incident was "insufficiently clear or private."
Following a leak of the internal survey, The Telegraph reports that 99 dancers signed a follow-up petition condemning a leak of the survey results without the dancers consent.
Per The Telegraph, one dancer said "Not to sign it would have been artistic and financial suicide: no more roles... no more permission to dance elsewhere."
Since August 2016 the Ballet has been directed and managed by Aurélie Dupont. She is assisted by an Administrator, an associate ballet master, three ballet masters, two assistant ballet masters, a stage manager and five assistant stage managers.
The Paris Opera Ballet is an integral part of the Paris Opera and the oldest national ballet company. It is regarded as one of the four most preeminent ballet companies in the world. the company is located at the Palais Garnier, Paris.