Making Space on the Stage

Making Space on the Stage: Diversity in Ballet

On the evening of January 30, Cero Collective hosted three ballet dancers for a constructive and wide-ranging discussion on the state of inclusion in their industry. Hosted by Cero Magazine's editor-in-chief Jonathan Shia, Making Space on the Stage: Diversity in Ballet featured Georgina Pazcoguin and Jovani Furlan from New York City Ballet and Calvin Royal III from American Ballet Theatre. Each performer shared their personal experiences navigating the question of identity in the historical tradition of ballet and pushing for change within their respective ensembles. Standout moments include Royal's story of reclaiming what had been referred to as a "slave scene" through collaboration with its choreographer, Pazcoguin's insights on challenging Asian caricatures in ballet and particularly The Nutcracker with her organization Final Bow for Yellowface, and Furlan's international perspective on the burgeoning presence of queer representation within the space of classical dance.

Watch the full conversation here.

Making Space on the Stage: Diversity in Ballet
Making Space on the Stage: Diversity in Ballet

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