Why blame Balanchine?




A lot of people blame him for the “thin body” aesthetic, somebody made a post about it a while ago I don’t remember who though 😥

once I saw a post that said Balanchine forced NYCB’s dancers to have visible bones… actually I don’t know if that’s true but personally I don’t think he’s the one to blame, I think extreme thinness in ballet existed already in his era.

I know that he told Gelsey Kirkland he wanted to see her bones. I’ve heard from many people that he started the extremely thin aesthetic but I guess he must’ve gotten the idea from somewhere so maybe it wasn’t ‘all’ him…

i don’t remember which dancer it was, but it might have been maria tallchief (really not sure, just know that she was featured in the documentary)- he wouldn’t let her have dinner with the other dancers (they’d have huge plates of pasta) and she’d only be allowed to have an apple

Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise.

Mehreen Kasana, fromA Woman of War
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