The ambivalent, knowing male body in the Pasadena dance theatre

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Classical ballet training, in the context of a semi‐professional company, serves as an initiatory vehicle for its male participants. This study examines the negotiation of this initiatory vehicle by men in the Pasadena Dance Theatre (PDT), a highly acclaimed company in Pasadena, California. Examined are the ways in which the PDT men consolidate cohesive group subject positions; how difference is framed and policed; how masculine agency is bracketed and qualified; and how the masculine ballet dancer as subject position is mediated through/by the women's bodies which set masculinity in motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-209
Number of pages13
JournalText and Performance Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1994
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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