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Issue 016

Issue 016

The Colorful and Conservative Folkloric Ballet of Mexico

The Amalia Hernandez’s Folkloric Ballet Company of Mexico presents their traditional show at the Palace of Fine Arts during all the month of April in Mexico City.

Founded back in 1952, Hernandez took her inspiration from traditional Mexican dances from Michoacán and started her own company as a choreographer and art director. Thus, Sones antiguos de Michoacán was born and it immediately was an enormous success.

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Art History, Issue 016, The Provocation Column

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker: How Racism Worked on the old forms of Ballet

In 2017, New York City Ballet officially modified the choreography, costumes, and makeup of the Chinese Tea dance featured in the ballet The Nutcracker. In October 2018, The Balanchine Trust, which owns the rights to every single ballet by George Balanchine, informed all other ballet companies in the world of the officially approved changes. What drove the Balanchine Trust to make such drastic changes for the most beloved ballet of all time? Which complaints were heard enough that they were forced to change something so dear to so many?

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