Tamara Rojo shakes off the pink satin ribbons to put sex back into ballet

Tamara Rojo and Sergei Polunin

The new head of English National Ballet believes it is time for her art form to rediscover its edge and aims to do just that in her first Coliseum season.

Male dancers compete rather like rappers, she said, to prove who can jump highest or spin fastest. It is a competition she wants young boys and men who do not like ballet to come to see. “Boys don’t get introduced to ballet in the same way,” she said. “It is not very often that a family decides to take a boy to the ballet. But once they are introduced they really enjoy it, and men particularly love the mature themes.”

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