Ballet is a minefield of Elite Gender Inversion with traditions going back to the Italian renaissance* and later popularized in France by Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) . The dancers were the nobles themselves and Ballet served primarily to demonstrate national wealth and magnificence. Under Louis XIV (1638-1715) Ballet became increasingly popular which led to the foundation of the Royal Dance Academy in Paris 1661 and not much later – the first professional ballet dancing company (1669). Together with the national dance institutions, Ballet became a full time art-form and practiced by trained professional dancers, as today. Continue reading
“If I don’t dance, I’d rather die.”
-Wendy Whelan (1967 — )
As many art forms, ballet was first performed in Italian Renaissance courts and later travelled to France as Venetian Catherine de Medici married the french king Henri the 2nd in 1533. After being performed mostly by “noble” amateurs, the first professional ballet company “Paris Opera Ballet” was founded in 1669.
Ballet is undeniably Elite from its inception as Royal art until todays performances where classic ballet has incorporated many modern variations – most notably in the United States by Russian choreographer George Balanchine who developed what is now known as neoclassical ballet. It is said that Wendy Whelan was created for Balanchine ballet as she lead the New York Ballet for more than three decades dancing a repertoire of more than 50 ballets. Continue reading