Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BALLET AND TIME

NUREYEV AND FONTEYN

Continuing my little reflections on time:

"Ballet's relationship to time--the fact that the repertory, unanchored by text, is always vanishing, just as the dance image on the stage is always vanishing--forms a large part of the vividness and poignance of the art. We are always losing it, like life, and therefore we re-create it, mythologize it, in our minds."
--Joan Acocella, Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, pp. 184-85[highly recommended].




"It's important to dance not just to the music, but to dance the music."

Do not miss the dying swan, minutes 35:40 to 39:15 or so.

Plisetskaya recently died at the age of 89.

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