The Hanover State Opera has taken disciplinary measures against its ballet director Marco Goecke, who smeared dog poo on a journalist from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
But the measures mearely suspect Marco and order him to apologise.
Under German law, apparently, dog-shot assaults are not a dismissable offence.
Here’s the lastest statement from Hanover State Opera:
Marco Goecke’s impulsive reaction to the journalist violated all the principles of conduct of the Hanover State Opera and thus caused extreme uncertainty among the audience, the employees of the company and the general public. In doing so, he has massively damaged the State Opera and the Hanover State Ballet. Therefore, the theater management suspends him with immediate effect and bans him from the house until further notice in order to protect the ballet ensemble and the State Theater from further damage. The State Theater of Lower Saxony has asked the ballet director to apologize fully and explain himself to the theater management in the next few days before informing about further steps.
We would like to apologize to our premiere guests and our entire audience.