Following the tragic death of George Floyd we find ourselves in a focused moment, a moment to pause to consider, to listen and to learn about what we must do to play our part in ensuring social justice and equity of opportunity. BalletBoyz has taken time to reflect and we wish to express solidarity.
There is an imbalance and we acknowledge that we have a responsibility in redressing it. We will strive to achieve this without discrimination and without tokenism, without defining anyone by their characteristics. We will ensure that we continue to invite a broad range of dancers, choreographers, composers and designers, producers, administrators, teachers and students to join us as we identify a path that enables us to achieve inclusion for all our colleagues.
The fear of getting it wrong, of saying the wrong thing reveals the power of privilege, a potent reminder of what it feels like when your voice isn’t heard. It is our responsibility to listen to all the voices currently expressing a variety of important views and truths that are complicated and sometimes uncomfortable to hear. We must have open and frank discussions about difficult topics, where all who work with us feel supported and heard, and one where the opportunities that we can offer are open equally to all.
The circumstances that brought us to this significant moment were appalling and tragic, but we now have a valuable opportunity to redouble our efforts, to re-evaluate our procedures and to continue to develop our response. We strive to find a balance in our pursuit of a varied, representative and vibrant dance company.
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