Dancers perform La Bayadere – a production which ballet fans worried could be axed from Paris Opera, following an interview with its director that seemed to suggest he will no longer stage classical ballets that perpetuate racial stereotypes. Photo: Getty Images Dancers perform La Bayadere – a production which ballet fans worried could be axed from Paris Opera, following an interview with its director that seemed to suggest he will no longer stage classical ballets that perpetuate racial stereotypes. Photo: Getty Images
Dancers perform La Bayadere – a production which ballet fans worried could be axed from Paris Opera, following an interview with its director that seemed to suggest he will no longer stage classical ballets that perpetuate racial stereotypes. Photo: Getty Images
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Ballet and cancel culture: Paris Opera fights racism on the stage – but will it come at the cost of classics like Swan Lake?

  • Director of Paris Opera seems to suggest he will not stage ballets, like Rudolf Nureyev’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, that perpetuate racial stereotypes
  • A former principal dancer at the Paris Opera describes the depiction of people of colour in some classical ballets as bordering on pantomime

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Dancers perform La Bayadere – a production which ballet fans worried could be axed from Paris Opera, following an interview with its director that seemed to suggest he will no longer stage classical ballets that perpetuate racial stereotypes. Photo: Getty Images Dancers perform La Bayadere – a production which ballet fans worried could be axed from Paris Opera, following an interview with its director that seemed to suggest he will no longer stage classical ballets that perpetuate racial stereotypes. Photo: Getty Images
Dancers perform La Bayadere – a production which ballet fans worried could be axed from Paris Opera, following an interview with its director that seemed to suggest he will no longer stage classical ballets that perpetuate racial stereotypes. Photo: Getty Images
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