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
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users
Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases. (If it doesn't appear below, your computer's or browser's adblockers may have blocked display):