Sunday, September 24, 2017
Kansas City Ballet Romeo & Juliet PC
This one is a nitpick and maybe just a bit cranky . . .
First the good, the upcoming KC Ballet production of Romeo & Juliet looks AMAZING and the cast is obviously more talented and skilled in graceful movement than online denizens could ever dream.
The only gripe:
"So many local productions mistakenly believe that if their cast looks like the crew from the Starship Enterprise, then the systemic disparity and elitism which powers their artsy endeavors is somehow forgiven. From the vantage of this blog . . . It just looks like they're trying too hard."
Ballet is an elitist luxury or something that new money attempts to enjoy in order to forget that they're only one step removed from a meth town front porch . . . While diversity often strengthens an organization or a system, the obvious "post-racial" (ugh) branding slathered upon so many billboards around KCMO doesn't change the fact that this is a production by and for the mostly rich & white elite. Denying as much doesn't make it any different. And none of this is a gripe . . . I think most down & out denizens of Kansas City would be glad to cede ballet to the 1% if we can take Ramen back from hipsters.
You decide . . .