Ballerinas of Colour Finally Get Shoes to Fit Darker Skin – 彩色芭蕾舞演员终于给Fit Darker Skin买鞋

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14 Nov 2018

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Ballerinas of Colour Finally Get Shoes to Fit Darker Skin

14 Nov 2018

Dancers can now wear pointe shoes that match darker complexions

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Ballerinas of Colour Finally Get Shoes to Fit Darker Skin - 彩色芭蕾舞演员终于给Fit Darker Skin买鞋

Cira Robinson and Marie Astrid Mence wearing Freed of London’s Ballet Brown and Ballet Bronze pointe shoes. Courtesy: Ballet Black

Pointe shoes that match the skin tones of non-white ballet dancers are finally being made in the UK in what has been described as a ‘historic moment in British ballet history’.

Ballet Black, a dance company for ethnic minorites, has teamed up with Freed of London, a well-known designer and manufacturer of ballet shoes that has been producing shoes since 1929, to create shoes designed for black, Asian and mixed-race dancers. Two new colours, ‘Ballet Bronze’ and ‘Ballet Brown’ have been introduced to their core collection.

Cira Robinson, a ballet dancer at Ballet Black explained to NPR how she had been forced to paint her shoes in a practice called ‘pancaking’ in order to achieve the seamless line from leg to toe, which is desirable in ballet. ‘It’s tedious. It’s a bit messy because it is brown foundation. It gets everywhere,’ she explained.

Ballet shoes, traditionally produced in light ‘European pink’ in order to imitate a bare foot, have instead come to represent a symbol of ballet’s lack of diversity: ‘since the beginning [ballet] has been white’, Robinson continued.

Cassa Pancho, the founder and artistic director of Ballet Black said of the introduction of the new shoes: ‘I am beyond delighted that Freed have launched these two new colours. Although it may seem like a very small change to the outside world, I believe this is an historic moment in British ballet history and another step forward for culturally diverse dancers across the globe.’

Recent studies, however, have shown that a lack of diversity continues to plague the sector. In data released from the Arts Council England this year, diversity in ballet companies remains a mixed picture. While BME people make up 16% of the UK’s working-age population, at Birmingham Royal Ballet only 13% of employees identify as BME, while at Northern Ballet the statistics are disheartening, with only 5% BME employees. The figures at English National Ballet are more promising, with 18% of employees defining as BME, up from 15% in the previous year.

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新闻/新闻2018年11月14日指着与深色肤色相配的鞋子-顺-鲁宾逊-玛丽-阿斯特里德-曼斯自由女声.jpg Ballerinas of Colour Finally Get Shoes to Fit Darker Skin - 彩色芭蕾舞演员终于给Fit Darker Skin买鞋 Cira Robinson和玛丽阿斯特里德Mence穿的没有伦敦芭蕾舞团的棕色和青铜坡的鞋英式鞋礼貌:与非白人芭蕾舞演员的肤色相配的芭蕾黑点鞋终于在英国制造,这被形容为“英国芭蕾史上的历史性时刻”。芭蕾舞团Black是一家少数民族舞蹈公司,它和著名的芭蕾舞鞋设计师和制造商Freed of London合作,自1929年开始生产鞋子,为黑人、亚洲和混血舞蹈演员设计鞋子。两种新的颜色“芭蕾青铜”和“Ballet Brown”已经被引入到他们的核心收藏中。芭蕾舞团“黑色芭蕾”的芭蕾舞演员西拉·罗宾逊(Cira Robinson)向美国国家公共电台(NPR)解释说,为了达到从腿到脚趾的无缝线条,她被迫在一次名为“煎饼”的练习中粉刷鞋子。这太乏味了。有点乱,因为它是棕色的粉底。“到处都有,”她解释道。芭蕾舞鞋,传统上以浅“欧洲粉色”来制作,以模仿赤脚,却成了芭蕾舞缺乏多样性的象征:“从一开始(芭蕾舞)就是白色的”,罗宾逊继续说。芭蕾舞团“黑色”的创始人、艺术总监卡萨·潘乔(Cassa Pancho)在谈到这双新鞋的引进时说:“我很高兴Freed推出了这两种新颜色。虽然对外部世界来说,这似乎是一个很小的变化,但我相信这是英国芭蕾史上的历史性时刻,也是全球文化多样性的舞者向前迈出的又一步。在今年英国艺术理事会公布的数据中,芭蕾舞公司的多样性仍然是一个混乱的局面。虽然BME人群占英国工作年龄人口的16%,但在伯明翰皇家芭蕾舞团,只有13%的员工认同BME,而在北方芭蕾舞团,这个数据令人沮丧,只有5%的BME员工。英国国家芭蕾舞团的数据更有希望,18%的员工被定义为BME,比去年的15%有所上升。新闻/舞蹈芭蕾舞多元化代表


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