So the wife of the man who has been making frequent trips to Manhattan from Seattle to make hokey presentations in order to position himself as a contender to replace Peter Martins when he retires has now tossed out some media candy about how in 1989 Martins tried to physically harm her. Now Martins wants to take a leave. How low can this go, and who would be surprised if Heather was helping to instigate some of the current controversies? And why are the Boals running to the media instead of seriously approaching the Board of Directors with their info?
We hope that NYCB's Board refuses Martins' request for a leave and throws its support behind him until something that warrants the Board not supporting him turns up. If they grant his request, the only person who could get the company through the Nutcracker season while preparing for the winter season with the least amount of disruption would be Jon Stafford. But we hope that the Board will have the balls to support its AD.
NYCB in 1989 was filled with unhappy dancers, some mediocre, who publicly expressed their disrespect for Martins and blamed him for not being Balanchine. It was an ugly time, and it is a shame that Peter Boal's wife is trying to resurrect it.