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Q&A with Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.


Most of the major choreographers in classical dance are men. Why is that?

PECK There needs to be more encouragement and support for women — at an impressionable age — to explore that choreographic side of their brains.

WHEELDON There is such an obvious imbalance. I’m not sure why it exists and persists. In my experience, directors today are seeking diversity and would love to present the work of female ballet choreographers, so I don’t think overt misogyny is at work.

RATMANSKY I don’t see it as a problem. Besides Crystal Pite, Jessica Lang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa are among the very best now. And Graham and Nijinska are still performed. I’m sure that if new, interesting talent arrives and is a woman, she will have equal opportunities.


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