Seeing the Ultimate Interpretation and Never Going Back
Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:29 AM
How can we, any of us, no matter the breadth of our experience or the depth of our expertise, really know we've seen the ultimate performance of a particular role or work?
Surely there is always the hope that we may yet be astonished by someone who wasn't even born when so-and-so was simply to-die-for thirty years ago; or that even someone we've seen before may deepen her interpretation over time, may discover within herself a precious hint of the numinous.
Why else would we keep on watching anything at all? And if art isn't about hope, what is it about?
Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:28 AM
Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:37 AM
This year, I saw my favorite ballet with a new cast that featured a couple dancers that I didn't think would do well in the roles they were cast in. And they were excellent and I'm so glad I got to see them.
And that is the best reward!
Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:42 AM
This reminds me, actually, of when I went to see one of my favorite plays live - I'd read it many times, but never seen it before. One of the main actors was just OK, but the other two were so good they taught me things about the play I hadn't seen before in just reading it. I loved that.
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