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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 […]

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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 […]

Is Ballet Viable? The State of the Nation(al) Stage

In a recent interview, Timothee Chalamet discussed his anxieties as a young actor, trying to get his break in off-broadway shows and independent films, around the longevity and relevance of film in today’s world, saying that “I don’t want to feel like I’m getting into opera or ballet or an art form that is slowly […]