Kansas City Ballet Joins National Conversation to Update THE NUTCRACKER Kansas City Ballet Joins National Conversation to Update THE NUTCRACKER
Kansas City Ballet joins a national conversation to bring a much needed update to "The Nutcracker." Kansas City Ballet Joins National Conversation to Update THE NUTCRACKER

Pictured: Dancers from 2018 production. Photo by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

Devon Carney, Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet, today announced the Company’s continued intention to commit to more culturally appropriate representations of Asians in presentations of The Nutcracker.

Most notably, the artistic representations in the Chinese Tea variation will continue to evolve away from stereotypes and outdated caricatures.

“We have long been committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all elements of the Company,” comments Carney. “Last year New York City Ballet made changes to its second act Chinese Tea variation, removing elements of racial caricature from the costumes, makeup, and choreography. This has spurred a national effort, and we are pleased that Kansas City Ballet has joined the conversation along with the ranks of other companies to make these needed changes.”

The Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker runs December Dec. 5 through 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit kcballet.org.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of both PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City. She is also the founder of the RV Miles Network and travels full-time with her husband and kids producing three weekly podcasts and a travel blog - RVMiles.com. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and has worked as an actor/director for 15 years. She is married to PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson and has three amazing boys. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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