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notably, the artistic representations in the Chinese Tea variation will continue to evolve away from stereotypes and outdated caricatures.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