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    Gender-Bending Ballet22 Prepares for Summer Season

    Founded in 2020 by Roberto Vega Ortiz and Theresa Knudson, Ballet22 exists to push the boundaries of what is possible in ballet by focusing on producing and presenting works, ranging from classical to contemporary ballet, which break gender normative traditions. The company is guided by values of inclusivity of body type, gender identity, and race. 

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    The creation of Ballet22was inspired by a lack of representation and opportunities in the ballet field for men, mxn, transgender, and non-binary artists to perform professionally “en pointe.” While there are opportunities to perform in a drag-comedy context, Ballet22 seeks to present a range of work beyond these confines. Ballet22 is dedicated to commissioning new works that give representation to mxn dancers en pointe, as well as works that amplify queer voices. In addition, the company aims to create positive change to ballet culture by providing a respectful, safe place to work with equitable wages for artists.

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    Commissioned Works

    Since its founding, Ballet22 has commissioned 7 new ballets that contribute to representation in the ballet world.

    Named by Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch in 2022,” the company continues to prioritize commissioning works that bring inclusion to the LGBTQ+ community and experience in ballet.

    Summer Season 2022

    Ballet22’s Summer Season of performances will take place at The Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, on July 29 and 30. The program will include excerpts of classical ballets that honor the technique and history of ballet, contemporary works re-envisioned for an all mxn and non-binary cast, as well as a world premiere. Repertoire to be announced soon!

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    Published on March 10, 2022