NYPD Detective Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley and was eventually sentenced to just five years in prison for the crime, has been pulled from his choreographer gig with a world-renowned dance company following his plea deal.
According to Michael Aron, the president of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Liang’s incarceration has taken precedence over the dancer’s work with the company.
“Liang has been removed from the program and is not a regular performer in the ensemble. Currently, the company is down to the bare minimum roster of 12 dancers so that they can rehearse in New York instead of in China and part of Asia,” he told The New York Times. “Because his matter is still ongoing, we simply will not perform with Peter as a live performer this season,” he said.
Liang’s contract with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was originally due to end in April, before it was extended through 2019. The probationary performer had been scheduled to perform as part of the Alvin Ailey program on February 23.
Despite dropping Liang from his schedule, the firm’s president, Jonathan Dann, insists that the choreographer’s arrest is not a negative reflection on his work. “We understand that the incident happened under different circumstances and that it was a racially motivated homicide, but it really should not have been a choreographic concern at all,” he told the Times. “We want to maintain these relationships as long as it’s OK.”
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