Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts (MA)
The objective of this thesis is to examine the efficacy of strategies used to de-Orientalize canonical ballets. Of particular interest are contemporary productions of The Nutcracker, La Bayadère and Giselle. Through close readings of digitized performances, I explore the ways in which the best practices for presenting non-offensive stereotypes put forth by community leader Final Bow for Yellowface reinforce the conservative impulse of ballet rather than inspire radical change. I present an alternative option for renegotiating racial stereotpes in ballet through Akram Khans commissions for the English National Ballet, situating his ork ithin Anurima Banerjis concept of partatopic performance.
Gendron, Pamela, "De-Orientalizing Classical Ballet in the Twenty-First Century" (2021). MA Theses. 67.