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Thanks for posting it. It was an interesting read and the comments afterwards even more enlightening (although in a negative way). I've never been to England and for whatever reason I was unaware that the prejudice existed.

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I've tracked South Asian dancers (as I'm also South Asian) - and again,t here's a thread on this on Ballet Talk....it's always nice to know of more; I didn't know of Sarah Kundi.

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No problem :thumbsup:


luceroblanco - I'd hate to leave you with a negative impression. The comments threads on The Guardian are becoming rather notorious for attracting trolls - probably because it has a very lefty, liberal reputation.

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Commentary: Los Angeles Ballet on upswing in its fifth year - latimes.com


Congratulations are in order — and maybe a sigh of relief. With its "Nutcracker" performances this weekend at the Alex Theatre in Glendale (plus repeats through the month in two other Southland venues), Los Angeles Ballet entered its fifth season as a resident professional company. Season 5 and counting: not exactly a golden anniversary but definitely a hard-won benchmark.


It's been a turbulent demi-decade for all arts organizations, one in which long-established companies such as Orange County's Ballet Pacifica vanished from the landscape. And that was before the recession took its toll in radically diminished institutional and governmental funding for the arts.

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Ballet pirouettes into contemporary style - The Globe and Mail


“Ballet is hot again,” declares Alberta Ballet choreographer and artistic director Jean Grand-Maître, who is currently at work on a new Canadian ballet based on the music of Sarah MacLachan. That work, which is set to debut in May, will have costumes by acclaimed Calgary-based designer Paul Hardy.


“Ballet is flesh, sensuality and the human spirit writ large. At a time when the world has become technology-obsessed, people are back to celebrating the human body. It [ballet] is the complete antithesis of a life spent in front of a computer monitor.”

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Great article...thank you for posting! Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous.


As for the comments, it's an unfortunately common problem with internet articles/blogs/publishing...I've gotten to the point where I do not look at the comments on news articles/general audience blogs, etc., because it's so depressing/disheartening to see the prevalence of people using the anonymity of the web to be disparaging, bigoted, rude, and plain old awful.

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It is positive! I think it makes an interesting point about the development of short abstract pieces over narrative, too. I think the general public still associate ballet with a story of some sort and - even though I'm sure the abstract pieces are very complex and lovely, bluntly, they can be somewhat off-putting (Infra, for example). I wonder if there might be a shift to more narrative works?

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Danielle DeVor

Bolshoi To Beam Performances Worldwide



This Year's Dance Movie. What About The Dance?



NYT Dance Critic Mocks Ballerina's Weight



Why Are Movie Ballerinas All Crazy?



Mark Morris: My Hard Nut Is Not a Nutcracker Spoof



Black Swan - A Ballet Movie That Doesn't Like Ballet



Brilliant 'Swan' But...



The Educated Dancer



English National Ballet - A Tightening Money Noose



New triple bill in Toronto





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Certainly with the reference to Wheeldon's Alice in Wonderland, the revisioning of classics like Cinderella and more recent works such as Carmina Burana, suggest an energy for creativity with larger story works. I wonder if there is some relationship between storytelling and economic, social and cultural shifts.

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I've read that during the Great Depression escapist films and screwball comedies were popular because they distracted people from their problems. They liked to see the upper-classes get into scrapes, apparently becuase it showed that money and position didn't insulate you from all of life's problems. I think people like to be 'taken away', and ballet can definitely achieve that.

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NYT Dance Critic Mocks Ballerina's Weight



Two follow up articles:


New York Times: Judging The Bodies In Ballet


Ballet demands sacrifice in its pursuit of widely accepted ideals of beauty. To several readers that struggle is, regrettably but demonstrably and historically in the case of many women, concomitant with anorexia. (For the record, I have sometimes observed in print that certain dancers of either sex look too thin.)


Ms. Ringer has spoken in the past about coping with eating disorders. Some of my correspondents feel I should know this history of hers, just as others have on occasion written to explain which ballerinas have histories of scoliosis. I think otherwise. Dancers do not ask to be considered victims. When I’ve praised Ms. Ringer, I’ve applied the standards I’ve applied to Suzanne Farrell, Natalia Makarova and Kyra Nichols.




Some correspondents have argued that the body in ballet is “irrelevant.” Sorry, but the opposite is true. If you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. The body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion. I am severe — but ballet, as dancers know, is more so.



Huffington Post: Alastair Macaulay Responds To Ballerina Weight Comments, Says Body In Ballet Is Relevant


The Huffington Post article captures a few quotes from the NY Times article and asks readers to participate in a poll.

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