perichoresis means to dance aroundsaying hello
Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:31 AM
Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:46 PM
Thanks for your lovely introduction. You've described so well the essence of dance that has made so many of us devoted followers of the art.
I hope you'll enjoy poking around the board and contributing when so inspired.
Posted 25 April 2008 - 11:49 PM
Did you know that the early Christian mystics thought of the trinity as doing a perichoresis -- I mean they were Greek, or wrote in Greek, and if they didn't come up with the term, they used it for the way the three aspects of God inter-relate, they thought of it as a dance.
That video you mention is vivid in my mind, also -- the image of Merrill Ashley in tears, the sound of Allegra Kent saying, as she twirled her iris, that there were some dances she thought that she did rather well, and that amazing voice of Millie Hayden saying "He never said anything like tthat to ME" -- it was clear that they were formidabl;e people, tremendous people in their own right, and they were talking about someone who had meant untold worlds to them... it gave you a kind of perspective on things that lined you up with infinite grandeur..
Posted 26 April 2008 - 06:38 PM
There are a number of us on Ballet Talk whose early experiences of Balanchine's work were akin to a spiritual awakening. Tallchief, in the Dancing for Mr. B video actually says something like: "Treat this art [ballet] as a religion."
Now that I'm older I also get consolation from a couple of other pieces of wisdom from the video which apply to non-dancers as well as dancers.
-- Melissa Hayden quotes Mr. B: "When you are young, you dance steps. You must be older to dance."
-- And: "Balanchine made me realize that a body can sing."
-- And, when life gets a little over-complicated, it's good to keep in mind Balanchine's repeated urgings to his dancers to focus on learning how to do battements tendus correctly. In other words: First things first. Keep your focus. Keep it simple. All else follows from that.
Posted 24 August 2008 - 12:06 PM
Ah, permit me to expand upon your definition. Perichoresis is derived from latin two words , Peri (circle or round, as in perimeter) and choresis as in choreography or dance. It was actually used in the bible numerous to describe the relationship of the trinity and was translated as "Dancing around in the same essence of".
I don't know how I know that... oh right, latin class :>)
0 user(s) are reading this topic
members, guests, anonymous users
Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases: