10 November 2014 at 3.28pm | 1 Comment
It has been reported in the media that the Royal Opera House is in dispute with Equity over rates of pay for freelance dancers and actors who appear in productions by The Royal Opera. To clarify, these are not negotiations about rates of pay for the dancers of The Royal Ballet, the negotiations currently taking place are part of the routine negotiations concerning rates of pay for freelance actors working with The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, and for freelance dancers working with The Royal Opera.
In the statement issued to media by the Equity Freelance Dance Network they mention the rate of pay of some box office staff at the Royal Opera House. Rates of pay differ across the Royal Opera House for numerous groups of staff doing a diverse range of jobs. We believe that all theatre staff and artists are part of a collective process in producing the very best opera and ballet in the world, and all have a role to play in making this happen.
Equity – Hilary Hadley, Head of Live Performance:
'In advance of our negotiations with ROH we asked our freelance dance network for their feedback so that we could report on their opinions during negotiations. Unfortunately this request was made more public than was our intention and dancers’ concerns have been picked up by the press. We regret this as we do not want to harm our good relations with the ROH. However we do feel strongly that the issue of low pay for actors and dancers at the ROH does need urgently addressing and we are confident that we can work with the ROH to achieve this.'