Awesome! The upcoming documentary (A Ballerina’s Tale by Nelson George) of Black ballerina Misty Copeland met its funding requirement via Kickstarter. Her story is awesome; discovered ballet at 13 (considered a very late start) and was a professional by age 17. She has an amazing career, one of only a few professional Black ballerinas ever at her level and the first Black female soloist in the American Ballet Theatre in over two decades. She also is a stunning model and speaks out on Black women in the arts. I look forward to seeing this film.
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[The only GIF I have of me. From one of my very first posts on Tumblr]
[Photos of me moving my work in progress across the marley. Im sure all of your bodies are perfect. lol. Thank you/wrap up vlog coming this week. Photocredit: Pennywell Norwood via Garth Fagan Dance Facebook Page. ]
Danza Voluminosa, a dance group created in 1996 by dancer and choreographer Juan Miguel Mas, features prima ballerina Mailín Daza and seven dancers in total: six beautiful fat women and himself. They have three full-length productions under their belts as well as 30 shorter pieces. A Canadian documentary, “Defying Gravity” (2004) chronicles Juan Miguel Mas’ vision for his troupe and the obstacles they have faced.
According to Mas:
We provide a context for obese people to develop artistically, to create a language and a structure that makes them able to interact with society. But it’s not limited to fat people. We’ve worked with dancers who gained weight, retired dancers – all kinds of artists said to be ‘good for nothing’. We’ve worked with people with AIDS.
We’ve played in places for the first time where people have shouted at us, ‘look at those fat people!’ We still hear giggles sometimes, but when audiences see the sense of purpose, the work that has gone into the show, our concentration – well, there’s always huge applause at the end.
“Power of Pussy” is a multi part documentary series about some of the most celebrated and vindicated individuals in our culture; strippers. These women are sometimes classified as lowlifes of society, many thought to be streetwalking drug fiends with no regard for others. Some are thought to be impressionable young women, taken advantage of by men overseeing a seedy underworld. These are assumptions often made without any context from the women who live this life. This short documentary is a small look at a world many have only heard about, shedding light on how things really work for many women who have put on a g-string at some point in their lives.
In part two we are introduced to a number of diverse ladies as they educate us on the nuances of being identified as strippers or entertainers.”
Ballet dancers, 1937