Unlike masculinity, multiple forms of femininity are seen as acceptable by parents and by children, so it’s not surprising that different gender scripts emerged for each of the three activities. The names of these different gender scripts—“graceful,” “aggressive,” and “pink”—all came from language used by parents of girls in interviews. They help us understand how parents choose among different activities for their daughters.
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“He taught America how to dance, generations after generations after generations — now only how to dance but how to look at dance, and he taught audiences to how to appreciate classical ballet” Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief at NYC Ballet, explains in this documentary portrait of George Balanchine. “There’s no one larger in the history of ballet — without exaggeration — than Balanchine.”
The Russian choreographer co-founded NYC Ballet in 1948 and created a stunning range of ballets, from classical Tchaikovsky favorites to modern Stravinsky collaborations.
It’s hard to comprehend the sheer size and scope of the world-renowned dance company, but this recent promotional documentary reveals the many moving parts that come together. From the orchestra pit to rehearsal studios, it’s a virtual back stage tour. The film was directed by Nick Bentgen for N.Y.C. Ballet, following on the heels of documentaries about the costume shop, the perfect pair of ballet slippers, and how to dance a pas de deux.
When President Obama ditched “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last September, ripples went global. One crossed the Atlantic and found its way to a dance studio in South Africa. There, it reached a young choreographer struggling, at that very same moment, to decide how—and if—he wanted to do a show about his own country’s troubled, long-repressed relationship with gay men in the military. This bit of news from America helped him decide, giving him not just the confidence to proceed with the project, but also proof of something he’d already suspected: that this was an issue that transcended national borders.
The resulting show, Moffie, debuted in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival last month, to equal parts anticipation and controversy—and not just because the full-page ad in the front of the festival program featured a very naked, hard-muscled man with a rifle dangling over his privates.
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