“Ballet is woman,” George Balanchine famously said. He was referring to the ballerina, that quintessence of loveliness. But the ballerina needs a ballet company – and, by extension, an artistic director – to realise her art, and, in this regard, ballet is all too often man.

Ballet Soloists Georgia Swan and Vito Bernasconi in an image for Bespoke2018 at Queensland Ballet. Photo © Justin Ridler

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