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The Buzz, 6-10: Trojan Horse
The Graham Betrayal

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2005 The Dance Insider

Incredibly, neither the board of trustees of the Martha Graham Center nor executive director Marvin Preston have yet uttered a coherent explanation of the unjust, irresponsible, ungrateful, unfair and idiotic firing of artistic directors Terese Capucilli and Christine Dakin, first reported by the Dance Insider. Despite Capucilli and Dakin's confirmation, first published in these pages, that the board did in fact terminate them May 19, Preston continues to insist, with a disingenuity that would make even his predecessor Ron Protas blanche, that these legendary and dedicated Graham servants were "not fired," but, rather, as he told the New York Times's Daniel Wakin yesterday, made "artistic director laureates." Come on, Marvin. This is the type of arbitrary and capricious behavior that the Graham board, chaired by Francis Mason, lead us to believe would be exorcised with the vanquishing of Protas. Instead, by firing the two women most responsible for restoring the Graham legacy -- indeed, for preserving it during the Protas years, when, under trying circumstances, they stayed with the company and thus gave it vital credibility -- Preston and Mason make us conclude that the horse on which they arrived was not white, but Trojan, sewing the seeds of the company's destruction.

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