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Why aren’t all floors sprung?
I’m already missing this performance and it’s not over yet…
Why isn’t there a Ready-to-Wear version of this tutu?
The scent of a musty, dusty, old theater can be kind of magical…
It’s a very Swan Lake-ish night…
Where’s a good doorframe to stretch my leg against?
(Via Tumblr: Maschaxd)
The weekend is for…rehearsal!
Some fun, creative analogies and descriptions of dance and dance works I’ve come across in reviews recently…
“If Ratmansky’s first Cinderella was a tongue-scorching Wasabi pea, this one is a smooth, sophisticated sugared almond.”
– Hanna Weibye, “Cinderella, Ratmansky/Australian Ballet, London Coliseum“
“Dancing as Matthew, Christian Clark takes bounding leaps and head-spinning pirouettes that sing with emotion.”
– Cynthia Bond Perry, “Review:‘Moulin Rouge’“
“[..] its kaleidoscopically lit, ever-shifting rows and columns are composed as intricately as a Kasparov opening gambit.”
Great commentary on the wedding divertissement pas de deux from Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream…
“In this midst of all this prettiness lies a pas de deux of startling transparency. A man and a woman travel across the stage with excruciating slowness, executing the choreographic equivalent of a melody sustained on a single breath. He partners her with the lightest of touches as she turns slowly, lowering and raising one leg; or he lifts her so that she travels – or rather floats – backward through space. At one point, they glide in a diagonal, their arms gently pushing one against the other as if to propel each other forward. Every image adds up to the same idea: eternity, balance, trust.”
– Marina Harss, May 29, 2016, “New York City Ballet – Midsummer Night’s Dream”
“Balanchine demonstrates the ideal of Romantic love: two anonymous dancers at the wedding divertissement dance to Mendelssohn’s string symphony No. 9. The music is high, sweet and tender; the dance seems timeless, and suspended. The opposite of the “Pyramus and Thisbe” amateur-dramatic show that Shakespeare provides at this stage in the drama, it floats above the ballet’s plot like the moon”
– Alastair Macaulay, May 23, 2016, “Love Two Ways: Ashton and Balanchine on Romance“
Can you relate? 😉