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An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The Committee on Churchwide Leadership held a rather lively discussion on the morning of July 7 of Resolution A149, which calls for reorganizing the board of directors of the College for Bishops.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.The College for Bishops had been part of the presiding bishop’s Office of Pastoral Development until 2017. However, its status within the governance structure of the Episcopal Church changed in 2010. The House of Bishops unanimously voted to incorporate it as a separate nonprofit entity. A letter from Bishop Clay Matthews, managing director of the College for Bishops, was read during the hearing in which he explained that the college is now owned by the House of Bishops. It has a $6 million endowment, according to Matthews.For more information about the College for Bishops, see the Episcopal News Service story “Teaching Bishops to be Bishops.”The Task Force on the Episcopacy, mandated by General Convention in 2015 to consider the election, appointment, roles and responsibilities of the church’s bishops, submitted Resolution A149.Opinions on the resolution range from advance it to table it, and shades in between. Much of the testimony centered on “diversity,” a word that does not appear anywhere in the resolution nor the explanation.Northwestern Pennsylvania Bishop Sean Rowe offered background to the committee. He explained that when funding was cut in 2009, the bishops felt that College for Bishops was important to the life of the House of Bishops. The intent was to keep the college going. The house incorporated the college “and it was perceived as being an end run,” Rowe said. It is essentially “owned by HOB,” and this resolution is to provide wider ownership by the church. He later added, “If there had been conversations back then, we wouldn’t be here today.”In the resolution, the college is “urged to amend its Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws” so that the board members are nominated jointly by the presiding bishop and president of the House of Deputies, elected by the House of Bishops, and confirmed by the House of Deputies at General Convention. An amendment offered by Paul Stephens, deputy from Mississippi, and adopted by the committee says that the nominees should reflect the diversity of the whole church.Currently, the board is self-perpetuating, which in other words, means the people on the board, through a nominating committee, recommend new board members to fill vacancies. The resolution is seeking to change that method to an appointed board.The Rev. Nina Ranadive Pooley, deputy from Maine, said, “Self-perpetuating boards tend to perpetuate themselves in their own image and fear appointed boards. It is easier to ask your friend because your friend might say yes.” Speaking to the recent work the board has done to increase its diversity, she added, “I know the board is moving forward with the best intentions.”In his message to bishops urging them to dissent to this resolution, Matthews explains the “bylaws already make mandatory that all orders of ministry be represented on the board as called for in A149.” The college amended its bylaws earlier this year, according to a committee member who also serves on the Task Force for the Episcopacy.The Rev. Marian Fortner, deputy from Mississippi, who was appointed to the board of directors in April, testified during the hearing, saying that the board is trying to diversify. Of the 20 board members, the presiding bishop is always the chair of the board, there are 12 bishops and eight other members. Fortner abstained from the voting.Resolution A149 is on the consent calendar as amended for the House of Deputies for July 8.— Sharon Tillman is a freelance writer for Episcopal News Service. Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (3) Tina Campbell says: Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest July 7, 2018 at 8:56 pm In his message to bishops urging them to dissent to this resolution, Matthews explains the “By Laws already make mandatory that all orders of ministry be represented on the board as called for in A149Does “all orders of ministry” include any deacons? There a couple of of names on the website without a bio. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel General Convention 2018, Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm Yikes! Two typos above and unable to edit. It should be: There are a couple of names on the website without a bio. July 7, 2018 at 10:20 pm Seems like an unnecessary piece of a bloated bureaucracy. We need to be “lean and mean.” Did Jesus have a “college of bishops,” with a $6million endowment? Where are our priorities?! The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS General Convention, Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By Sharon TillmanPosted Jul 7, 2018 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tina Campbell says: Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 House of Bishops Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Debate over leadership of College for Bishops continues Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA
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Official White House Photo by Tia DufourBy JORDYN PHELPS and SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has been clear about where he stands in the debate over whether schools should resume in-person learning amid the global pandemic, tweeting Monday in all-caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”The president’s push to reopen schools in the fall is tied to his broader push for the country to resume normal economic functions as he eyes his own reelection bid in the fall and his promise for a great American comeback despite the ongoing pandemic.The administration is set to further spotlight the issue on Tuesday, when health and educational leaders, as well as students and parents, converge at the White House for an event with President Trump, billed as a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools.” Cice President Mike Pence was also expected to discuss the issue on a call with the nation’s governors.At the roundtable discussion, he bluntly said he would be “putting a lot of pressure” on governors to open schools, applauding Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for saying his state would do so.“He just announced that the schools will be open in the fall, and we hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said of DeSantis.He then went on to claim that governors who didn’t were trying to help themselves politically.“And we don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically so they keep the schools closed. No way,” he continued.“So, we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open and it’s very important. It’s very important for our country. It’s very important for the well-being of the student and parents. So, we’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on opening your schools in the fall,” he said.Later, Trump sharply criticized Harvard University for announcing plans to only partially reopen in the fall, conducting many classes online, calling that “an easy way out.”Even as the president has been outspoken about his belief that students should return to the classroom, senior administration officials acknowledged in a call with reporters that local jurisdictions, not the federal government, hold authority over reopening decisions.“School decisions are local decisions. And so we’re going to provide folks with resources both the dollars that we’ve referenced, but also help identify best practices which the CDC has done, but also other organizations have done as well, to make sure that this can be done safely moving forward,” a senior official said.The White House focus on education amid the ongoing pandemic comes the day after Florida’s education commissioner signed an emergency order saying, “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students,” subject to change based on future executive orders and advice of local health departments.The move, which comes as Florida is experiencing a surge in cases, received quick backlash from Florida Education Association President Fredrick Ingram, who said, “It’s clear in communications with our members that educators are scared.”“They don’t trust politicians to make sure things are safe — rightly so, with the record-breaking number of cases being reported. The governor is trying to brush that off. Safety for students and school employees needs to be at the center of our conversations about reopening schools,” Ingram said.Teachers and advocates across the country have voiced concerns about how the reopening of schools is being handled, from concerns about underlying health conditions or the possibility of infecting family members to uncertainty surrounding child care for their own kids.Meanwhile, school systems have been looking at ways to creatively reopen, such as offering hybrid schedules and monitoring students’ health.Even as the administration is now pushing localities to reopen schools for the fall semester, a senior administration official said Tuesday that “the most important thing” in doing so is that “we double down in our commitment to protect the vulnerable.”When questioned about concerns that reopening puts vulnerable populations at risk, a senior official maintained that it is not an either-or situation.“We do believe there are a variety of different strategies that schools can adopt that really minimize the risk and open these schools quite safely. And I think that’s really the intent here,” a senior official said.Though the decision of whether to reopen for in-person instruction is ultimately beyond federal control, a reporter asked senior officials on a call whether the federal government might seek to leverage federal funds as a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage schools to comply. A senior official did not directly answer the question, except to note that schools have already received funds as part of the government’s stimulus efforts.However, advocates say state budget shortfalls from the pandemic could impact schools’ ability to reopen.“Without federal assistance, we will see educator layoffs that will be particularly harsh for those who struggle most to make ends meet even during normal times, such as our wonderful, amazingly devoted education support professionals,” National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said in a prepared statement to Congress on Tuesday.“Many of these workers have stayed on the job, putting themselves in harm’s way to deliver meals to students and families, drop off work packets to students, and keep our schools sanitized and safe,” she said.Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have signaled they are in lockstep with the president in calling for schools to resume normal teaching in the fall, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled there is a way to exert federal influence through the latest coronavirus relief package under negotiation. McConnell has specifically stressed the importance of securing liability protections for schools.“To step back toward normalcy, our country will need K-12 and college students to resume their schooling,” McConnell said during a floor speech last week.GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said that while COVID-19 poses some health risks to children and young adults in school, “in my view the greater risk is not going back to school at all.”Beyond funding, it’s unclear exactly how the next relief package will seek to pave a path for schools to reopen given that decision around opening and closures are ultimately in the hands of state and local governments.In the House, Democrats have proposed a $100 billion fund for the Department of Education to support schools at every level, as part of the $3 trillion HEROES Act the Senate has not taken up.The majority of that pot, $90 billion, would be for grants to states to support local funding schools and public universities, colleges and trade schools — to be used for personnel costs, counseling and mental health services, and to offset new cleaning and technological expenses.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Agencies & People » Martin & Co acquires McAuley Miller previous nextAgencies & PeopleMartin & Co acquires McAuley MillerThe Negotiator24th December 20190565 Views The Tunbridge Wells office of Martin & Co has boosted its managed portfolio by 43% with its latest independent agency acquisition – the property portfolio of McAuley Miller in the Kent town, taking its own managed portfolio beyond 200 properties.Managing Director, David Rogers, has owned the Tunbridge Wells branch since 2009 and McAuley Miller is his third and largest acquisition. He said, “We’re delighted to complete this acquisition and hope there will be many more to come as we look to grow the business to helping our new landlords get the best out of their properties, while ensuring the tenants are well looked after.”Martin & Co Tunbridge Wells’ staff includes David’s wife Jackie (Property Manager), eldest daughter Vicky (Lettings Manager) and her husband Scott (Sales and Valuation Manager).Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of The Property Franchise Group, added “I met David and his daughter at a franchise show in 2009. He was an experienced agent looking to use our brand to develop a new venture.“I’m sure that he and his family are delighted with the progress he has made since. His clients speak very highly of the service they receive, and the seller’s clients will be welcomed warmly onboard.”David Rogers Martin & Co Tunbridge Wells Ian Wilson Martin & Co The Property Franchise Group December 24, 2019Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
View post tag: Retires View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Honorary View post tag: Defense View post tag: Longest View post tag: Captain View post tag: serving The Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, announced the retirement of noted businesswoman and philanthropist Sonja Bata yesterday, the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) longest-serving Honorary Naval Captain, after 24 years of service.“Honorary Captains act as a bridge between military and civilian communities, and help strengthen the navy’s ties to diverse areas of Canadian society – including industry and the arts,” said Minister Nicholson. “I cannot think of a better embodiment of this ideal than Sonja Bata.”“Ms. Bata has been a tireless advocate for the RCN since her appointment in 1989,” said Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the RCN. “She has remained firmly engaged in our activities for nearly a quarter-century, working to promote a better understanding of maritime defence issues in this country.”“Over the years, I have gained tremendous respect for the men and women of the RCN who serve our country with great pride and devotion,” said Sonja Bata. “I am deeply impressed by their team spirit and commitment to the RCN and our country. It was an honour to have been given the opportunity to support them as an Honorary Captain.”Ms. Bata is the Chairman of the Bata Shoe Foundation, and the Founding Chairman of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and the Batawa Development Corporation. She is the former Ontario Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for her advocacy on behalf of the RCN and the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole.Her work with the RCN includes acting as sponsor of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Ottawa – breaking the champagne to christen the ship during its commissioning in 1996. For the past 17 years, she has remained part of the Ottawa’s extended family, seeing it off for many of its operational deployments.The Minister of National Defence, on the recommendations of the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Commander of the RCN, is the approving authority for all Honorary Captain appointments. Most appointments are for a three-year period, but may be extended upon the recommendation of the Commander of the RCN. Subsequent appointments will be announced at a future date.[mappress]Press Release, October 18, 2013; Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy’s Royal Canadian Navy’s Longest-Serving Honorary Captain Retires View post tag: Canadian Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Canadian Navy’s Longest-Serving Honorary Captain Retires View post tag: Royal October 18, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Defence Share this article
by Emma WhipdayPicture the scene. Paris, 1912. Hundreds of spectators are seated in the Théâtre du Châtelet to watch a new Russian ballet scored by Debussy. Onstage, a beautiful Russian boy of twenty-two, dressed as a faun, masturbates through his golden tights. He presses up against a silken scarf, stolen from a ballerina dressed as a nymph. Applause is intermingled with boos, hisses and gasps, as the management hurriedly drop the curtain. Vaslav Nijinsky’s unforgettable performance changed the face of ballet forever. He was publicly denounced for obscenity, but defended by foremost artists of the day, from Rodin to Proust, in a scandal that shook Paris.Sadly, this occurrence has been largely forgotten. The image of ballet in the popular press is epitomised by Darcy Bussel; that of pretty girls prancing about in tutus. Billy Elliot is another name that springs to mind, but the portrait of northern-boy-made-good fails to challenge the stereotypes that the word ‘ballet’ evokes. The most radical element of ballet portrayed in the film is (gasp) the all-male cast of Swan Lake.Which is not to say that Billy Elliot got it wrong. It’s simply that the film showed so small a part of the picture. Every art has its mould-breakers, from James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, to Picasso, Dali and, more recently, Tracey Emin. The scandal surrounding Emin’s condom-strewn installation My Bed was nothing compared to that prompted by Nijinsky’s on-stage masturbation in L’après-Midi d’un Faune: why then do innovations in all other arts remain prominent in the public consciousness, whilst those in the ballet world are largely forgotten? The above example might suggest that this scandal in the ballet world was due to its gratuitous sexual element; many would say the same of Emin’s My Bed. Yet the incident was in fact just one small part in a movement which was revolutionary in its effect on the way ballet was perceived. It involved not just ballet itself but music, art and costume design; it was to influence areas as diverse as film, fashion and the culture of celebrity. Any account of those involved reads like a Who’s Who of the foremost artists, composers and dancers of the period, including Picasso, Bakst, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Nijinsky and Pavlova. The movement itself was entirely orchestrated by one man: a Russian exile called Diaghilev.When Serge Diaghilev arrived at the University of St. Petersburg, his fellow students found him ‘provincial’. Not for long, however; the eighteen-year-old soon found himself at the centre of a group of artists and composers, all striving to establish themselves in the arts world, and all dreaming of greatness. Perhaps surprisingly, ballet was not Diaghilev’s principal interest. His first ambition was to be a composer, but he lacked the talent. Instead, he turned to art, editing the magazine Mir Iskusstva from 1889 until 1904. It was during these years that he developed the traits which were to bring him such cataclysmic success: a flair for public relations, the ability to surround himself with an entourage of like-minded individuals, a perfectionist eye for detail and a talent for discovering unknowns. His next project involved exhibiting a collection of Russian art, firstly in St. Petersburg, then later in Paris. This prompted something of a Russian revival; Russia had largely gone out of fashion. Diaghilev’s next step was to organize a season of Russian opera and ballet, to keep the public interested. The Ballet Russes was born, and proved so popular that the opera was soon dropped from the repertoire.For the next few years, the Ballet Russes was the height of fashion, and Diaghilev discovered such huge talents as composer Stravinsky and dancer/choreographer Nijinsky. He also pioneered huge advances in set and costume design. Bakst, who collaborated with Diaghilev on Mir Iskusstva, designed costumes for Cléopâtre, Scheherazade and Le Spectre de la Rose which influenced the fashions that appeared in the windows of Harvey Nichols; after a tendency towards monochrome, clashing, jewel-like colours suddenly became the vogue. Meanwhile, Picasso was introduced to Diaghilev by his friend Jean Cocteau, who wanted Diaghilev to stage a ballet representing ‘the best in Parisian modernism’. Any of the ballets which Picasso designed the sets for, from Parade to Le Train Bleu, could hold claim to that title. Each part of the meticulously planned performances was ‘modern’ to the extreme.It wouldn’t be an over-exaggeration to say that, to all intents and purposes, Diaghilev was the Ballet Russes. So much so, that when Diaghilev died, the company immediately fell apart, consumed by its creditors. This was in part due to Diaghilev’s close relationships with the stars. He not only mentored Nijinsky, persuading him to choreograph; he was also his lover, from their first meeting until Nijinsky’s secret marriage to one of the touring dancers. When Diaghilev learned of the marriage, he fired him from the company, and Nijinsky gradually disintegrated into mental illness. Some blame Diaghilev, believing it was his jealousy and possessiveness that drove his lover away. Others blame Nijinsky’s wife for seducing him in the first place. Whatever the truth of it, Nijinsky spent the remainder of his life in mental hospitals, and never danced again.Diaghilev also adored the dancer Massine, who became the principal, and replaced Nijinsky as choreographer. When Diaghilev suspected Massine of loving a woman, he had the woman followed, and even briefly kidnapped her. Yet despite his jealousy and possessiveness, Diaghilev had a charisma that inspired huge loyalty in those around him. His vision was so powerful that, even after his death and the dispersion of his company, the Ballet Russes was reformed in Monte Carlo, with the help of Massine. The company employed a new generation of dancers, many of them the daughters of Russian immigrants, whilst resurrecting the set and costume designs used by the original Ballet Russes, and performing many of the ballets from their repertoire. Strangely enough, the aspects of the movement most widely remembered are those that would make the tabloids today. On YouTube, you can find a clip from the 1980 Hebert Ross film Nijinsky, depicting a reconstruction of the dance which ends in Nijinsky’s onstage masturbation. The clip ends with a sentence worthy of any headline: ‘You’ve just masturbated in front of all Paris!’ Another scandal which revolved around Nijinsky was his early refusal to wear the ‘modesty skirt’ then mandatory for male dancers. Instead he wore only the rather revealing tights. This was 1911, and the audience included such eminent figures as the Tsar’s mother. Nijinsky was immediately fired from the company. The company was the Imperial Russian Ballet, one of the most illustrious in the world; and the role which Nijinsky forsook for the sake of his costume was that of ‘Albrecht’ in Giselle, his first principal role. He later complained, ‘I was made to suffer for my modernity’. The scandal set a precedent; forty-nine years later, Rudolph Nureyev, a ‘ballet celebrity’ to rival Nijinsky, wore a short jacket with sheer tights in order that the audience might better see the ‘line’ of his body. However, the single most talked-about event in the world of ballet had little to do with revealing costumes. Two of Diaghilev’s most talented protégées were Nijinsky and Stravinsky, and in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées witnessed the performance of The Rite of Spring, choreographed by Nijinsky, scored by Stravinsky. It was the most controversial ballet of all time.Many of the movements were the antithesis of classical ballet. Ballet dancers are trained to be ‘turned out’; that is, when they stand with their feet together, their heels must be touching, and their toes must be facing in almost opposite directions. In The Rite of Spring, however, Nijinsky decided that, to produce the right effect, the dancers had to be ‘turned in’. Indeed, the dancers had to un-learn almost every technique that had formed the basis of their balletic educations. Feet weren’t pointed, arms were stiff rather than relaxed, and many of the movements were clumsy rather than delicate. This new style took the dancers 120 rehearsals to perfect, and resulted in many injuries.Of course, even classical ballet is a dangerous art. The majority of dancers have to stop dancing as they hit their thirties, and many have foot and ankle trouble, and even hip replacements, in later life. Ballet, despite its beauty, puts the body under a strain that it wasn’t designed for. What’s more, it requires a level of fitness that would rival that of most professional athletes. Perhaps this explains the fascination with the idea of dancing to death. This motif appears in many ballets, perhaps most famously in Giselle, where the spirits of women betrayed in love dance their errant lovers to their graves. These death-dances are no doubt arduous, but they appear effortless, and the audience does not fear for the safety of those attempting them. Nijinsky, however, plays with that convention, in creating a ballet that shows a manic and frenzied dance to the death, with the dancer attempting it looking both pained and exhausted. The premise is that the dancer is chosen as a sacrifice to the god of spring, and Nijinsky’s choreography exploits this idea to its full and gruesome effect.The strange contortions into which Nijinsky forced the human body were as shocking – and influential – as the innovations in set and costume. Yet it was not these elements alone that caused the controversy, but rather the combination of the almost bestial nature of the dance with Stravinsky’s unearthly score, the likes of which had never before been experienced. Stravinsky’s rhythms were irregular and his chords discordant. What’s more, this was the first score ever to utilize percussion as a section of the orchestra in its own right. The result was the most ground-breaking ballet ever created.To call the reaction of the audience a riot is not an exaggeration. The strife between those who supported the ballet and those who deplored it was so strong that fist-fights were started in the aisles. The resulting pandemonium was so loud that the dancers could not hear the orchestra, and Nijinsky was forced to stand in the wings, counting loudly to ensure the dancers kept in time. Many people left, but the chaos continued; eventually the police got involved, but even they were unable to restore order. Nijinsky and Stravinsky were distraught, but Diaghilev was reportedly delighted: he could not have hoped for better publicity. There has never been a scandal to rival this in the ballet world; even the arts world in general, never short of scandals, would find it hard to compete.Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes became a catalyst for change in almost every form of art. It spawned countless copies, and was the inspiration for numerous films, television dramas, books, memoirs, documentaries, and even songs, making an indelible mark on modern culture. It became the hallmark for rebellion against convention and tradition, though those who later broke boundaries in mediums like sculpture, popular music and film may not remember or credit it. So when you think of ballet, by all means think of tutus, pointe shoes, and Darcey Bussel. Classical ballet has its merits, and I for one would not disparage it. Just don’t forget that there was once a time when ballet changed the world.