AMB Dance Theatre founder Alicia Blanks and her dancers will be making their Newark Symphony debut as part of the Newark Symphony Hall Arts on Stage series on Friday, December 11th.
Blanks took time out of her busy schedule to sit down for an one-on-one interview to talk about the company’s upcoming performance and many other hot topics in the dance world.
Continue below to watch the full interview which can also be found the Newark Symphony Hall YouTube channel.
As a dancer you experience a lot of adversity including hurtful stereotypes especially African-American men. What are you thoughts on that?
We don’t all just eat salads and wear our hair in a bun. But especially for men there is a stigma of being homosexual but I know several not just ballet dancers but modern and contemporary male dancers that have wives and girlfriends. The fact that you already stereotype dancers in the sense of your anorexic and you’re gay it’s demeaning.
The Newark Symphony Hall Arts on Stage is a monthly event series that takes place in Newark Stage, that showcases thriving local artists. Tickets for the Arts on Stage series events can be purchased at the Newark Symphony Hall Box Office during regular hours of operation in-person at 1030 Broad Street in Newark, New Jersey or by calling (973) 643-8014.