Turning Tables encourages all choreographers to center their pieces around one or more of the following concepts. We hope that by bringing awareness to the following issues that are prevalent in the dance world, we can begin to rid of them in the dance world and make dance more equitable all.
Underrepresentation is one of the cornerstone messages of Turning Tables and is used to bring attention to visible lack of minorities present in the Ballet world. My goal in choreographing under this topic is to challenge the audience to consider why there are only several black ballerinas for minorities to look up to, why colored dancers have to pancake their tights, costumes, and shoes, and why the black body is frowned upon in the ballet world.
With the pressure to be twice as good to be considered equal to their more advantaged counterparts, Standard addresses the double standard that comes with the definition of success. What does success mean and do the definitions differ in complexity considering the achiever? Standard portrays the inner struggle of minority dancers in overcoming the standard, set upon them by themselves and by others in our society.
There is so much beauty in being black, in being white, in being yourself. We as a people need not to look past our society's issues but work together, rather, to overcome the presented issues. We must take pride in ourselves and in others by working together to progress our society
Acceptance precedes pride. Before you can be prideful of yourself and others you must first accept yourself, flaws and all. You must first accept who you are, not whom society wants you to be. Once you achieve this level of self-love you will be strong enough to face criticism of any type and you will be more willing to love others.
Bias relays the internal struggle that minority dancers face when dealing with the implicit bias that is often burdened upon them. The dancers beg the audience to “focus” on them as opposed to siding with the stereotypes that cause society to look past dancers of color.