Yahoo Finance: Misty Copeland: Coronavirus will impact ballet for ‘years to come’
By Max Zahn with Andy Serwer
5 August 2020
While the spread of the coronavirus continues to devastate the performing arts, fans and experts are targeting a return next year as a potential vaccine becomes widely available.
But star ballet dancer Misty Copeland told Yahoo Finance that her industry will feel the effects of the outbreak beyond 2021. She pointed to the enduring financial losses suffered by ballet performers as well as mental and physical strain, adding that ballet companies should consider outdoor performances amid the pandemic.
“It’s going to impact us for a couple of years to come,” says Copeland, who has danced for the American Ballet Theater for two decades and appeared in a 2018 movie adaptation of “The Nutcracker.”
“I feel like a lot of the impact we haven’t even seen yet,” she says.
“It’s been difficult for people who spend their days — spend their lives — invested in this art form,” she says. “We’re very physical people. We spend hours at a time partnering one another and [in a] very intimate environment”
“Getting out of that and not having that personal human connection,” she says, “is a bit shocking.”
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