Stage Right

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    Ballet Teacher, Former Dancer, Ballet Lover
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  1. Thanks, Canbelto, for the picture. Ugly??????? The only thing ugly was whoever made that comment!! She has a lovely, strong and open face, with a beautiful smile and striking eyes. Most of us should be so fortunate!
  2. Huh?? That seems like a lot of money to be devoted to closing something, doesn't it? Or am I just naive?
  3. My interpretation of the term "plastique" is rather different to the responses above. Perhaps I made it up! But when I hear or read about a dancer possessing "plastique" I think of a dancer who has a sort of controlled, yet highly expressive and beautiful flexibility in her movement. (I suppose it could be 'his' movement as well, although I've usually encountered this term applied to female dancers). I think of Allegra Kent. Perhaps I'm way off base.
  4. I saw La Valse once many years ago.....I was probably in my mid-teens, and on a trip to NYC with my mother. I remember loving it; there seemed to be a darkness to its beauty that appealed to me at that age (and might still, who knows). I wish I could say something more definitive about it, but I was young, drinking in whatever I saw of ballet, without much ability to discriminate or analyze. Just remember that I loved it and it stayed in my mind. I think Mimi Paul was one of the leads.
  5. I really wanted to like this movie too. But......I could barely make it through the first half hour. A fun premise for the opening, the freeway and the traffic jam and dancers, but it went on way too long with very predictable dancing. Also, I guess I'm old-fashioned (sure of it, in fact :), but the editing was so fast and vertiginous that I couldn't really enjoy much of anything I saw. The plot in the first half hour was not well-established. I lost interest and left.
  6. Ditto to Sandik's list--my college students also used many of these texts. For something visual, if you can find a copy, I HIGHLY recommend "Ballet Russes" DVD, on such places as netflix.
  7. I agree--it doesn't look like Fonteyn at all to me.
  8. The Sleeping Beauty (first ballet I ever saw, age 4) The Nutcracker (from dancing in it) Les Patineurs (same) Swan Lake Les Sylphides
  9. I'd love to see this but can't open the link??
  10. That is a fascinating article. it is a great credit to the dancers and teachers in Iran that they manage to persist under those conditions.
  11. I think the major problem is that they see fit to eliminate words pertaining to the natural world we all live in, and substitute words given to us by the commercial world of digital technology--talk about creepy!
  12. That's an interesting thought. To me it almost seems that that point of view (McGregor's) is endorsing the split between mind/emotions and body. Which is a point of view that modern dance training has traditionally opposed! So perhaps as an audience we're expected to just look at the body, the physique, and divorce that from our minds and our feelings, and the dancers do the same?? That doesn't appeal to me at all, and I think it's a flawed premise.
  13. I'm sad to hear this, as I, too, have many wonderful memories of The Ballet Shop and its owner (I'm not sure I even knew his name back then, although I can picture him in my mind's eye). I loved that place! May he rest in peace.
  14. Does anyone know if these are showing in the US?