de facto segregated roles
Posted 25 July 2001 - 05:43 PM
Posted 25 July 2001 - 05:46 PM
Alexandra, I have no idea of the percentages and can only guess, but I'd say your estimate is high. Maybe by about 50%.
Posted 25 July 2001 - 08:51 PM
Posted 25 July 2001 - 09:07 PM
Posted 25 July 2001 - 09:43 PM
Posted 25 July 2001 - 10:27 PM
In that case, on the flip side, why are ballet dancers doing modern works, they don't look "exactly right" either. But the public still seems to enjoy these excursions?????
Posted 25 July 2001 - 10:58 PM
I agree with Leigh. It's a matter of muscle training. Ballet isn't just something you pick up in mid-career to try something out. There's very little pure modern dance left today, but in general, I agree with you: ballet-trained dancers without specific modern dance training and modern dance sensibility should stay out!
Posted 26 July 2001 - 08:22 PM
Posted 26 July 2001 - 10:00 PM
Regarding the pool of available black talent, I have to disagree with Alexandra. I believe there are more than enough serious black ballet students to increase the ranks in the major companies. But it's a chicken and egg kind of thing - if there were more opportunities, you would see more dancers pursuing them. Because of the cost of training (and the cost of toe shoes) an inordinate number of white dancers come from wealthy families. Although the black middle-class is large and growing larger year by year, it is difficult to justify the expense of professional ballet training when the financial "pay off", in the best of situations, is not great. I have known of several outstanding black dancers who chose not to go on dancing because their families expect them to achieve economically. Add to that the limitation of segregated roles, and you have the recipe for scarcity.
Posted 27 July 2001 - 01:02 PM
these questions: 1)If Anderson & Acosta are so great (and I think they are after seeing them in Don Q., in WASH.DC), how come they have not been to NYC more than once or twice?
NYC..the "DANCE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD"!?!?
THEY HAVE GUESTED TOGETHER OR SOLO IN MANY CITIES ALL OVER THE EARTH!!!!
2) Ben Stevenson said that
people have questioned his judgement casting
A&A in ballets like "Nutcracker".
This sets up a troubling situation. First, they might not have seen A&A dance, and they
have criticized S anyway. Or, more troubling,
they have seen A&A dance, and don't like two
black ballet dancers performing in certain ballets, no matter their talent & artistry.
Now, I know that ballet fans in Houston adore A&A for the most part. Maybe Stevenson's critics are really not ballet fans, but simply people who are prejudiced. BUT, prejudice is a subject that rears its ugly head from time to time.
Posted 27 July 2001 - 01:24 PM
Posted 27 July 2001 - 01:36 PM
dancers, are you not troubled by the criticism of Stevenson's casting them in ballets, like the Nutcracker???????
[ 07-27-2001: Message edited by: campvaldes ]
Posted 27 July 2001 - 01:59 PM
If someone is bothered simply because two black dancers were cast in "Nutcracker," then of course it is troubling -- more than troubling. But without context I can't make a judgment.
Posted 29 July 2001 - 09:46 PM
Posted 30 July 2001 - 10:20 PM
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