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When Do You Say “No”?
Anna Schon, dancer with Rebecca Lazier, Reggie
Wilson and others: I’m an Orthodox Jew. With the laws
that I keep, there are often a lot of conflicts with the
performance world. The most relevant one is the Sabbath.
I will perform, but I don’t get paid, I don’t get in a car, I
don’t drive, I don’t put on my own makeup, I don’t braid
my hair. There are hundreds of rules. Let’s say we’re going
on tour and we’re taking a Friday night flight to wherever
we’re going to perform. That is a “no.” I will not break the
Sabbath. If I have to get fired, I’m going to get fired.
In my everyday life I wear skirts and I cover my elbows
and I cover my knees, but onstage, I do have to negotiate.
If I laid down that law, no one would hire me ever.
Cassandra Trenary, American Ballet Theatre soloist:
I like doing something that makes me uncomfortable—
we learn from those situations. For a long time, I felt
like I couldn’t be nude onstage, but lately I’ve been
experiencing more of it and I think it is so beautiful. Jiří
Figura, which is
could see myself
free in that kind of