Gay Country Western Comes Out of the Closet and Into Ballet

A photo from Robert Dekkers' newsest dance, Lavender Ballet

A photo from Robert Dekkers' newest dance, 'Lavender Ballet' (Courtesy of Post:Ballet)

Robert Dekkers makes gorgeous dances at the intersection of ballet and modern for his company Post:Ballet. Early this year, Dekkers was introduced to an album by Patrick Haggerty that inspired his newest project. Lavender Country was the world’s first gay country band and album, released in 1973.  Dekkers notes the music was radical for its time, and remains as relevant as ever.

“It is for people who have an interest and a passion for love, and equality and freedom,” Dekkers said. “And if you believe in those things, this music is for you.” Haggerty performs the songs live for these performances. History in the making.

Catch Lavender Country at Z Space on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18.Details here.

Gay Country Western Comes Out of the Closet and Into Ballet 8 November,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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