Desce a dançarina exacta
até ao extremo da brancura
Absoluta a suavidade sem espera
o silêncio entre os corpos
António Ramos Rosa in A PARTIR DO DESERTO - Obra Poética I
Assírio & Alvim (2018)
In the documentary, Millepied talks at length about the racism he encountered at the historic Paris institution upon joining in 2014. “I heard someone say a black girl in a ballet is a distraction,” he recalls. “If there are 25 white girls, everyone will look at the black girl. Everyone must be alike in a company, meaning everyone must be white.”
“I have to shatter this racist idea,” he adds.