Meghan McFerran gives a rundown of the pluses (free travel, free room and board, extra strength) and minuses (isolation, seasickness, the stage moving under you).
“When such a huge collective [as the Bolshoi Ballet], after being told of the cancellation in the morning, still musters the strength to go out and perform in the evening – it’s nothing short of a miracle. It’s no longer just about the job, but something much more.” (Also, “all the talk about nudity is false. I don’t think something of that sort would be possible on the Bolshoi’s stage.”)
Why? Because that’s real, even if Wonder Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Game of Thrones are al fantasies. “Challenging power is itself a liberal, anti-authoritarian act, which means that power’s answer is much less important than the act of posing the question, because that’s what speaking truth to power looks like. The feminist question is how much our culture is prepared to reconcile women and power. And on that question, the jury is very much out.”