There’s been a positive trend over recent years. Films like Billy Elliot have helped, the familiarity of dancing on TV and also new media. YouTube allows you to find any video, to be informed, to make comparisons. Of course, for those who like me who are clicked on and downloaded by others, it’s not so pleasant. But that’s a another story.
Taboos have fallen. The prejudices were the result of ignorance. Today ballet is no longer seen as an elite art, but is accessible not only to professionals but to the general public as well. Even the male component of the the audience has grown – I see it every evening in the theatre.”
Crippa reminds him that he himself has become a role model:
I looked up to dancers like Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Adolescents always search for someone to set an example, such as Alberto Tomba for skiing.
She asks if it’s conceivable that male dancers might overtake the female students.
I don’t think so. To become a ballerina is a feminine ideal.
Photo: Roberto Bolle at the Royal Opera House after La Bayadère – Scillystuff, Wikimedia Commons