Ballet, Dance and Religion
Posted 20 March 2002 - 01:45 PM
One of the great works to spirituals that's still performed, of course, is Ailely's "Revelations." That may well have been an expression of his faith -- I don't know -- but it transcended the personal. Otherwise, I think Jeff and BW have a good point -- it's preaching to the choir.
(And thanks for the Bintley as Widow Simone observation, Paul smile.gif )
Posted 20 March 2002 - 01:47 PM
No artist, I imagine, would want to be portrayed as a ĎCatholicí artist. You need distance. Is there a danger of being perceived as somehow Ďtoo Catholicí?
"I donít think I am anyway. If youíre not doing a piece thatís in your face like The Protecting Veil, people arenít really aware of that. The first thing that I am trying to do is make good work. Full stop. Being a Catholic will not help you make better ballets. I know a number of Christians who make good ballets, and others who donít. I would prefer that the works of mine that have a human context are looked at just like that. I would not separate myself as a Catholic from anyone who takes a forgiving and a compassionate view of humanity. Thatís what a lot of the narratives that I do are about. I like the people that I choreograph about. Even if they are deeply flawed. Even if they are monsters. I like them and I understand them. Is that because I am a Catholic? I donít know. Perhaps it is".
[ March 20, 2002, 01:51 PM: Message edited by: Brendan McCarthy ]
Posted 20 March 2002 - 02:04 PM
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