Eighth Grade: A Portrait of the Awkward Entrance into Teendom

Eighth Grade: A Portrait of the Awkward Entrance into Teendom Film Review: American comedian Bo Burnham’s debut feature film Eighth Grade depicts the knotty, small-scale hellscape of middle school, focusing on the experience of Kayla (Elsie Fisher) – a self-aware yet intensely self-conscious teen – during her last week in eighth grade. By REBECCA TOOK […]

“Buy, Buy, Baby”: the Commercialisation of International Women’s Day

‘Buy, Buy, Baby’: the Commercialisation of International Women’s Day March 13, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK Friday, March 8, was International Women’s Day 2019. If the slew of Facebook posts, tweets, Instagram photos and shared articles hadn’t already caught my attention, there was also an email from Flixbus (the coach company) addressed, “To all the strong, […]

Positioning Ballet: Within Wider Cultural Conversations

Positioning Ballet: Within Wider Cultural Conversations This is part 4 of a 4-part series on the ‘Positioning Ballet’ Working Conference, hosted by the Dutch National Ballet, February 16 and 17 By REBECCA TOOK We are all born into a multiplicity of cultures: some fixed, others adopted – so why does ballet reflect relatively little of what […]

Positioning Ballet: Ballet’s Own #MeToo

Positioning Ballet: Ballet’s Own #MeToo This is part 3 of a series inspired by the ‘Positioning Ballet’ Working Conference, hosted by the Dutch National Ballet, February 16 and 17. March 09, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK The ballet world might not like to consider itself a microcosm; preferring instead to see itself as an exemplum of […]

Positioning Ballet: Accessible to Who?

Positioning Ballet: Accessible to Who? This is part 2 of a series inspired by the ‘Positioning Ballet’ Working Conference, hosted by the Dutch National Ballet, February 16 and 17. March 02, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK In 1964, Britain’s Royal Ballet established ‘Ballet for All’ under the direction of Peter Brinson. Between 1964 and 1979, this […]

Positioning Ballet: Behind the Velvet Curtain

Positioning Ballet: Behind the Velvet Curtain This is part 1 of a series inspired by the ‘Positioning Ballet’ Working Conference, hosted by the Dutch National Ballet, February 16 and 17. March 02, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK Last weekend, I was invited to attend ‘Positioning Ballet’, a working conference hosted by the Dutch National Ballet, which […]