This growing firestorm on social media zigs and zags, but at the heart of the diversity issue is the question: “who are the dominant taste-makers in the ballet world today” and do they have the foresight, the will, and the $$, to fix the problem? (Check out Ballet to the People’s comment on this piece.)
In response to Sarah Marsh and Olivia Goldhill’s outcry over the dearth of black ballerinas, Luke Jennings thoughtfully claims racism is not the issue in the ballet world – access is.
Alastair Macaulay called out a number of ballet companies for perpetuating trite, offensive stereotypes. However, when referring to outdated stagings of the classics, he sensibly pleads: “In a racially pluralist society I hope we can all live with a little ethnographical incorrectness.”
(Disappointing that the latest HuffPo piece was uncredited. Ballet to the People believes anonymity on the internet should be reserved for whistle-blowers whose lives may be endangered by their brave attempts to bring criminals to justice. Somehow she can’t imagine a ballerina stalking a HuffPo columnist and whacking him about the head with her size 6-1/2 Gaynor Mindens.)