#ThursdayThoughts The beautiful Polina Semionova to keep you motivated today.❤…

#ThursdayThoughts The beautiful Polina Semionova to keep you motivated today.❤…

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Polina Semionova in The Nutcracker by John Neumeier at Bayerische Staatsopera. Photo by Jack Devant

Polina Semionova in The Nutcracker by John Neumeier at Bayerische Staatsopera. Photo by Jack Devant

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#ThursdayThoughts The beautiful Polina Semionova to keep you motivated today.:heart:…

#ThursdayThoughts The beautiful Polina Semionova to keep you motivated today.:heart:…

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Polina Semionova,Ballerina,Dance

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Polina Semionova in The Nutcracker by John Neumeier at Bayerische Staatsopera. Photo by Jack Devant

Polina Semionova in The Nutcracker by John Neumeier at Bayerische Staatsopera. Photo by Jack Devant

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Last dance of Giselle and Albrecht - Polina Semionova and Vladimir Shkly...

Last dance of Giselle and Albrecht - Polina Semionova and Vladimir Shkly...

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Scheherazade, Mariinsky Ballet. Racial difference as a playground for exotic fantasy brings us back to Orientalism. By masquerading a deliberate nudity as race, a taboo is feigned. By allowing the erotics to show, race itself is fetishised; the temptation of race is cast as an excusable transgression. These bodies are thus objectified by the administration of both their gender and race.

Scheherazade, Mariinsky Ballet. Racial difference as a playground for exotic fantasy brings us back to Orientalism. By masquerading a deliberate nudity as race, a taboo is feigned. By allowing the erotics to show, race itself is fetishised; the temptation of race is cast as an excusable transgression. These bodies are thus objectified by the administration of both their gender and race.

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George Balanchine was famously quoted saying, “ballet is woman”. He believed in the strength and seductive style female dancers brought to the stage. Of course, his specific standard of the ideal “woman” was incredibly high, if not ironic—small...

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An x-ray of Polina Semionova's feet en pointe...I always knew that the toes were crammed in there ;-) pretty cool tho!

An x-ray of Polina Semionova's feet en pointe...I always knew that the toes were crammed in there ;-) pretty cool tho!

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