Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Is Putting Men in Tutus to Push Ballet Into the Present
This feature piece on Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s recently premiered One For All examines the complexity of Ochoa’s female characters and discusses the importance of this ever-evolving representation of gender and identity in dance. This new piece, a collaboration with dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and New York City Ballet, incorporated diverse ethnicities, genders, and choreographic styles. It also, notably, featured male dancers wearing tutus. In discussing Ochoa’s use of costuming to emphasize a gendered commentary, the article pulls statistics from DDP’s 2022 Artistic and Executive Leadership Report. The article specifically notes that, in a world where only 30% of Artistic Directors at the Largest 50 U.S. ballet companies are women, this sort of gendered messaging in dance is both important and far too rare.
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