London's Balletlorent dance company is staging an original ballet in which professional ballet dancers and pregnant women will be performing side by side. "This is another development of a long-held wish to mix up the different physical types in my choreography. The shape of people changes the way they move, and I like that very much... You can't get a 25-year-old, size 8 ballet dancer type body to move with the weight, the gravitas or the sheer cheerful spirit of a pregnant woman," says artistic director Liv Lorent. Adds Lynn Campbell, a "birth therapist" who has been brought on as an adviser: "Culturally we don't always have the words to celebrate the beauty of pregnancy, and although people are often fascinated by it, they don't know how to express that, so the say things like "Aren't you big!". [Reuters]