Naked or not?Nudity in ballet and other dance forms
Posted 19 September 2005 - 07:02 AM
At the performance I saw, Flemming Flindt the choreographer of the piece, also stripped off, which made the concept of nudity in the work more acceptable to me as he clearly wasn't expecting his dancers to do something he wasn't prepared to do himself.
Posted 19 September 2005 - 07:19 AM
Nudity might work for a dramatic role, but for much of classical ballet, it is simply impractical.
Posted 19 September 2005 - 10:39 AM
And if they're going to put on their clothes, why not have them put their stage makeup back on as well? Don't want to get foundation on Juliet's bed linens, after all. What, the sight of Romeo and Juliet applying their eyeliner and lipstick together isn't appealing?
Posted 21 September 2005 - 03:07 AM
I have seen Vivi Flindt dance naked in Salome, and I think that it was quite unnecessary and distracting and it took the focus from the dancing.
An exception might be if the dance or scene is in some sense "about" the state of being unclothed: as possibly in Salome's dance.
And nowadays most ballerinas really don´t have beautiful bodies (with the exception of Marguerite Empey ).
Posted 22 September 2005 - 06:17 PM
I think the difference is that a marble sculpture isn't actually a person--it's just carved marble, and in sculpture, form is generally idealized.
Exactly. And all of David's body parts do exactly what Michelangelo had in mind. Whereas even the greatest dancer in the world doesn't have absolute control over...
It may say more about me than about dance, but when there is nudity on stage I find it hard to pay full attention to anything else.
Posted 28 September 2005 - 06:23 PM
The fact that the dancers are naked pretty much distracts from whatever the dance is trying to express, unless, of course, the dance is about sex.
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Posted 03 October 2005 - 12:42 PM
There are still some examples of prudery about. Returning to HBO, since I’ve pulled the network in from left field, there were some very odd scenes in the old series “Sex and the City.” Because several of the actresses had objections to going topless, although not apparently to fairly graphic simulations of various sex acts, there were lots of scenes that involved heavy breathing activity in bed – with bras firmly in place no matter what. A friend of mine commented, “I guess men in New York don’t like breasts.” I thought more than once it would have been better simply to restage the scene, because it did look rather silly.
Posted 03 October 2005 - 04:44 PM
Thanks for the laugh. But you know, a woman acting out a graphic sex scene is still acting, not showing us her true self. I'm going to guess that when you wrote "prudery" all you really meant was something like "old-fashioned reticence." It seems to me that a woman who chooses not to bare her body to strangers isn't a prude, but is simply doing what's right for her. Nowadays we're told to accept edgy depictions of sexuality without judgment. Modesty deserves the same respect.
There are still some examples of prudery about. Returning to HBO, since I’ve pulled the network in from left field, there were some very odd scenes in the old series “Sex and the City.” Because several of the actresses had objections to going topless, although not apparently to fairly graphic simulations of various sex acts, there were lots of scenes that involved heavy breathing activity in bed – with bras firmly in place no matter what.
Posted 03 October 2005 - 05:29 PM
As a Board Moderator, I rebuke myself for wandering so far afield.
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