Ballet’s problem with non-white performers | Stage | The Guardian

This means audiences have to change their view of what beauty is. A ballet audience looks at all the girls coming down the ramp in La Bayadère and sees they are all identical – same height, same skin colour, everything exactly the same. They find that incredibly beautiful. But they have to start thinking: “That person looks different – however, this is also incredibly beautiful.” This change needs to be collaborative. It takes a creative director to say that it’s beautiful; it takes an incredibly strong dancer to know that it’s beautiful and exude that on stage; and the audience has to not just see this dancer sticking out of the line, but to see the broken line as beautiful.

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