Daily Archives: February 24, 2010 10:42 pm

“Push a little button”


This is the nicest story I’ve come across for a long time. Ninette was a student on a course I taught  on the BA (Hons) in Dance Education at the RAD a few years ago. All of a sudden, a song she recorded when she was 15 found its way onto the new licence fee adverts, and now the song’s been re-released after all these years.  Unfortunately, I never recorded a song for PYE when I was a kid, so I’ll never know what it feels like to have this happen to you, but I can imagine!

There’s a facebook group “Push a little button and help get Ninette to Number 1!


Gender, Mao, ballet


Performing Gender in Maoist Ballet: Mutual Subversions of Genre and Ideology in The Red Detachment of Women. Interesting online scholarly article by Rosemary Roberts which does what it says on the tin. One of the questions “To what extent were the traditional modes of gender representation of classical ballet challenged by Maoist ideology, particularly the Maoist drive to promote female equality?”

It’s from an online journal called Intersections: Gender & Sexuality in Asia & the Pacific, and looks fascinating.