The Provocation Column

Art History, The Provocation Column

From Joy to Peggy

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

I was recently at a night auction, when, in it, I discovered Joy Laville’s work. The British born painter, who was married to Mexican writer Jorge Ibargüengoitia, was until then only a name to me. Her paintings intrigued me instantly due to their beauty and elegance.Two days after, I was offered to see some pieces by Laville and I was already excited.

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Art History, 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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