Paris Opera dancers com­plain of bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment

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A sur­vey of bal­let dancers at the pres­ti­gious Paris Opera has re­vealed wide­spread com­plaints of bul­ly­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as well as sep­a­rate man­age­ment con­cerns over the lead­er­ship of dance di­rec­tor Aure­lie Dupont.

In the anony­mous sur­vey seen by AFP, 90 per­cent said they did not be­lieve the com­pany was be­ing well man­aged and 77 per­cent said they had suf­fered bul­ly­ing or wit­nessed a col­league be­ing bul­lied.

Some 26 per­cent of the 132 dancers ques­tioned said they had been sex­u­ally ha­rassed at work or wit­nessed a col­league suf­fer­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

Paris Opera chief Stephane Liss­ner ex­pressed sur­prise that the un­prece­dented sur­vey, car­ried out by an in­ter­nal body that rep­re­sents the dancers, had been leaked to the press.

He said there was “zero tol­er­ance” for sex­ual ha­rass­ment and urged dancers who made the al­le­ga­tions to come for­ward, while promis­ing a di­a­logue with staff “to con­sider this calmly and un­der­stand what the dancers are try­ing to say.”

Liss­ner also said the bal­let com­pany had “to­tal con­fi­dence in Aure­lie Dupont,” de­scrib­ing the 45-year-old as “an ex­cel­lent di­rec­tor of dance.”

Dupont, a for­mer star bal­le­rina at the opera house, took over as dance di­rec­tor in 2016 af­ter the shock res­ig­na­tion of Ben­jamin Millepied, hus­band of Hol­ly­wood ac­tress Natalie Port­man.

Around 100 dancers signed a joint state­ment ex­press­ing dis­may that their sur­vey had been leaked.

“The di­vulging of this sur­vey was done with­out the con­sent of the dancers,” they said.

“At no mo­ment did the per­form­ers who were be­ing ques­tioned have any idea that this doc­u­ment would be used for pur­poses con­trary to their in­ter­ests.”

Paris Opera dancers per­form Romeo and Juliet.

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