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On Pointe

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    fan, dancer, choreographer
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    Chicago
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  1. With all this praise and accomodation for a male student studying pointe, PNB has put itself in a tough position. They almost have to hire Ashton Edwards, even if there is very little for him to dance in their repertory. Even if they had no intention of hiring such a small male dancer at all. And if they do give him a contract, will they cast him in female roles? (I realize how unpopular my views are here, but rest assured Black balletgoers would consider a Black male dancer being cast as a woman to be a profound insult and a major turnoff.). Or will they engage a choreographer to c
  2. Yes, there's are many examples of men disguised as women for comic effect. Joe E. Brown's closing line to Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot is considered to be the funniest in movie history by many film enthusiasts. There are very few instances of women dressing as men for laughs, with the notable exception of Saturday Night Live. When they want to bring down a powerful male figure, they have him portrayed by a female cast member, for example Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani. (Until recently, the show has had very few Black women. They made a special effort to find more when Black actor
  3. Again, you're twisting my words to fit your mindset. Mr. Edwards, like Billy Porter, can do whatever he wants, wear whatever he wants, identify however he wants. I don't care about his motivations. My concern is the hypocrisy of a school and company championing a Black male dancer who dances on pointe and has a feminine presentation, but has never hired a Black female dancer of similar appearance.
  4. Mr. Edwards is capable of defining himself. As he has not called himself trans, why should we? Nothing I have written dismisses gender queer people. I don't say they shouldn't appear in media. I say that Black people sometimes sense an agenda when and where they do. I sincerely do not understand individuals who are so fragile that the mere thought of someone having a different point of view is perceived as an attack. How do they get through life?
  5. If nothing else, the events of the past week have demonstrated that Black Americans do not receive the same treatment, or necessarily have the same world view, as other Americans. The sexuality and sexual identity of Black men, and women, is under constant attack. This is a hot button issue that white Americans might be totally unaware of. There is definitely a strong conviction that feminized Black men are being thrust into the spotlight, and rewarded, to the detriment of the community. You may disagree, or even find it silly, but you cannot tell Black people how they should fee
  6. I never said that it was a media blitz. But being featured on the local news is far more attention than most ballet students get, not to mention the Go Fund Me which has raised a considerable sum.
  7. That's not at all what I am saying and I don't know how you could come to that conclusion from what I wrote. While there is a diversity of ethnicity at PNB, the entire company looks about the same skin color. A Black woman with Edwards' look, has never been hired by PNB. (Nice publicity, but Edwards is a student at their school and there's no guarantee that they will actually hire him, let alone let him perform on pointe.). He's being otherized and exoticized. Black Americans know a bit about oppression. Not being a fan of Black men in media in makeup and earrings is not it.
  8. No. Ashton Edwards can present himself however he likes. But there is a long history of mainstream media putting forth feminized images of Black men, who have long been considered hypermasculine and sexually aggressive, especially dangerous to white women. Broadway star Billy Porter's career did not take off when he dressed conventionally, but he has garnered enormous praise, and bigger roles, since he began wearing elaborate gowns and headgear at red carpet events. He was just as talented when he wore suits. Black comedians talk about how they are constantly pressured to "just p
  9. Colorism - favoring white and lighter shades of skin over darker shades - is rampant in the ballet world, as in other aspects of society. So forgive my skepticism over the media promotion of a darkskinned "non-binary" Black dancer. There are only a handful of Black female dancers in major ballet companies, and nearly all of them are lightskinned. While Ashton Edwards looks to be a tremendous talent, he justifies the suspicions of Black Americans of the ongoing efforts to emasculate Black men in entertainment and the arts. I don't want to see him or any other male-bodied dancer cast in
  10. Well I just saw a recent video of Khoreva as Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote and I was impressed by her performance. She and her fans tend to post videos of her in roles where her youth and immaturity put her at a disadvantage, like the Diamonds pas de deux. There's a new game show on called The Chase where contestants pit their knowledge against three Jeopardy super champions. When a contestant was asked who was considered " the first American prima ballerina", he obviously didn't know the answer (Maria Tallchief according to the show), but he shrugged his shoulders and
  11. Being active in social media requires a great deal of time and effort. Establishing oneself as an "influencer" is harder than it looks. (Although the payoff can be spectacular.). Khoreva is willing to do the work to elevate her brand. As a dancer, she, like her younger sister, has extraordinary facility and the "right stuff" physically, from a Russian point of view. But she has been given an extraordinary number of big roles for someone so young, and while it's unfair to judge her strictly by her Youtube excerpts, she strikes me as just scratching the surface of most of them.
  12. I watched Soul last night and I think I need to see it again. I don't know quite what to make of it. Some critics have deemed it a masterpiece. It really deals with profound themes and is not a child's cartoon at all, although children will probably enjoy the scenes with the cat. Pixar had an unofficial African American consultation group which became official as production went on, and those cultural aspects struck me as unusually authentic for a Hollywood film. It's not a holiday feel-good film, but it does make you feel, and think.
  13. Well Maria Khoreva is giving Copeland a run for the money. She has dozens of videos on Youtube, demonstrating technique as well as excerpts from her enormous repertoire, and apparently has a promotional deal with Nike. She speaks excellent English. While Copeland is more known to the general public, Khoreva is going after the bunheads first.
  14. But the only reason someone would call a dancer "straight outta compton" is if the dancer is black. It's a racist remark, making assumptions about someone's background because she's black. I'm not trying to beat up on you, but tiptoeing around reality is not helpful. The young lady who plays Neveah has said that every race-coded remark in the script has been said to her or about her in real life. ("Neveah" is an odd choice for a black character. That name, which is "heaven" backwards, is usually associated with working class whites.) I don't know if Misty Copeland is the most fam
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