Abuse at New York City Ballet


Wilhelmina Frankfurt, a former dancer for the New York City Ballet, spoke to Salon about her experiences of alleged physical abuse and sexual harassment by now retired NYCB director, Peter Martins.

In this video, Frankfurt described the symbolism of a recurring dream she used to have, in which Martins murdered her. According to Frankfurt, once she openly wrote about her experience with Martins in an op-ed for Dance Magazine, she dreamt one night that she had murdered him. “It’s a very heavy statement, but also very telling that I felt relieved of this feeling that somehow, like all people that have been a victim, that it was my fault,” Frankfurt said. “And I feel great strength in all of the, not just women, but the men and women around me who’ve been able to step forward and say, me too."

Watch the full interview here.

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