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Undress Me Anywhere!

Dance: Jane Comfort at Jacob's Pillow
Lucie Baker of Jane Comfort & Company in “Beauty.” Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima

Four bosomy Barbie dolls, faces frozen into ingratiating grins, feet in permanent tiptoe, stalk the stage in a Barbie Beauty contest. My companion, aged 12, immediately scribbled some words on her program and showed me: “I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic, you can brush my hair, undress me anywhere!” Apparently, these are the words Barbie sings to Ken in a commercial and YouTube video well-known to the Barbie-buying demographic.

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