sarsdad Posted January 15, 2006 Report Share Posted January 15, 2006 Having exhausted our parental views on weigh in at local pre pro and residencies, I have a question for you serious scholars of ballet out there. Whence came this deeply distorted view of feminine beauty and dancerly grace? I know Balanchine is often blamed. If you look a photos of ballet stars from the 30's and 40's in Europe, not a single one of them could be hired in the US today. Balanchine certainly did emphasize a certain line in the dancer, but through my daughter, I have spoken to a number of his greatest stars from the 50's and 60's (maybe 70's.) They vociferously deny a focus on weight. They state categorically that while none of his stars were hefty, there was real variation in body type with some very "feminine" figures. So my question is twofold: 1) If this is not due to Balanchine (as I believe) what happened? Is it simply that later less talented AD's and choreographers who couldn;t match his creativity simply tried to "out skinny" each other? Is it the recent feminine stereotype we see from movies and advertisements? 2) What percentage of companies actually are willing to present women with more atheletic or feminine bodies. To be brutally honest, if you go to some major companies performances, you would think that 3/4 of the corps just happened to miss puberty. Will it actually occur to some of these other companies that ballet can be danced beautifully and effectively by women who look like women, not ageless nymphs? Quote Link to comment
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