In 2005-2006 the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre underwent sever institutional trauma by making a snap decision to eliminate the pit orchestra. After several months of no live music and contentious bargaining the PBT board and musicians finally found a solution which brought live music back to the ballet. Now, the 2006-2007 season is seeing the very same events transpire but this time it’s in Atlanta…
Based on the media coverage so far, I’d say you could swap out “Atlanta” for “Pittsburgh” and you wouldn’t be able to tell much of a difference between the two situations. As such, the events are unraveling in much the same way.
In Pittsburgh’s case, the settlement was reached in conjunction with the arrival of Harris N. Ferris, their new executive director. However, whether or not Atlanta is looking for a new executive or board leadership is publicly unknown.
Given the amount of similarities between the two situations, you would think the situation in Atlanta has a solution that’s simply waiting for both sides to uncover. Of course, in order for that to transpire both sides will need to be willing to look for it.
I have a feeling this isn’t going to be over in a week or tow. But I’ve been wrong before and, hopefully, this is one of those times. Stay tuned as I plan to post more on the situation as it develops.