It has been over 10 years since the Haywood County Arts Council brought the Atlanta Ballet to Haywood County to showcase classical dance, but this tradition will soon be renewed. The Haywood County Arts Council is creating an annual dance artist residency to serve as a new platform for professional classical and contemporary dance. Called Dance ARĪS (pronounced “arise”), which stands for Artist Residency in the Smokies, the residency will include performances as well as classes and outreach activities to schools and underserved communities in the region. To give a taste of what is to come in 2017, we invite the community to attend this year’s inaugural fundraising performance, and to take advantage of the workshops and master classes that will be offered by the artists.On Friday, October 21, we will offer Spark: An Evening to Benefit Dance ARĪS, which features three distinct dance styles rarely featured in combination: ballet, contemporary modern, and classical Indian dance. The performance will take place at the new Fangmeyer Theater at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART), with a pre-show gala catered by Harmon’s Den. Tickets will be $25 for the performance alone, $60 for the gala and performance package, and a $10 discount on all tickets for students 18 and under (or with valid ID). On Saturday, October 22, the dancers will offer a variety of workshops and master classes at Folkmoot’s Friendship Center.This year’s artists are all professional or pre-professional dancers, and most are from or reside in Haywood County. Kendall Teague, Sky Byrd and River Byrd will perform classical and contemporary ballet pieces like those some may remember from the Atlanta Ballet. Erin Owen and Kendall Teague will perform contemporary modern dance works by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone. Aparna Keshaviah and Nisha Pai will present a modernization of Bharatanatyam – a south Indian classical dance style with theatrical roots over 2,000 years old. Each of the featured dancers were influenced by artists who visited their home towns when they were young, and through this performance, they hope to help build a program that will inspire a new generation of artists.
A QantasLink Boeing 717. Qantas has upset its engineering union by quietly inking a deal to send its domestic fleet of 20 Boeing 717s to Singapore for heavy maintenance.The work was being done in Canberra by third-party maintenance provider Korr Aviation, which was awarded a four-year contract when the heavy maintenance operations were moved to the Australian capital amid some fanfare in 2015.That contract was due to expire in April and decision was made to go to tender for the ongoing maintenance.The competitive tender process was won ST Aerospace –a Singapore-based aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul provider with more than 8000 staff worldwide — with a start date of July 2019.But the decision has prompted a backlash from the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers’ Association, which has criticized the move to maintain aircraft that do not operate outside Australia in Singapore.READ Qantas plans for Cathay Hong Kong codeshare hit turbulence.The union has accused the airline of putting profit before safety and of leaving contractors brought in four years ago to do the heavy maintenance work “high and dry” without consultation and redundancy payments.“Qantas are taking advantage of a broken workplace relations system that bypasses fairness in favour of corporate greed,’’ ALAEA president Steve Purvinas said in a statement.Qantas argues ST Aerospace is approved by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority and already does work for Qantas, Jetstar and Qantas Freight as well as other international airlines.It says the maintenance will be done with the oversight of Qantas Engineering and Cobham Aviation, which operates the 717s for the group’s regional subsidiary, QantasLink.It also says the Canberra hangar, originally acquired from Impulse Airlines, will still do line maintenance on the 717s as well as its turboprop fleet and about 25 QantasLink engineers doing this work will remain employed.“We’ll continue to do the majority of maintenance on our B717 aircraft in Canberra,” a spokesman said.One of the problems, according to the Flying Kangaroo, is that the 717s only require heavy maintenance every two and a half years.This means there would be several periods over the next few years of no work for up to a month, a situation it says was not sustainable for the contractors.ST Aerospace, on the other hand, can adjust resources to match the program.Korr is working to identify internal redeployment opportunities and Qantas says it is willing to look at opportunities within the group if suitable positions are available.Qantas and Jetstar are the only airlines to conduct heavy maintenance in Australia, including on Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s, and the group still employs 3500 people.This is down from more than 4000 at the time it announced it was taking the 717 heavy maintenance to Canberra in 2015.The airline at that point had already axed hundreds of maintenance jobs as it consolidated its wider heavy maintenance operations in Brisbane, closing down facilities in Sydney and Victoria.