Reasons for liking ballet
Posted 09 July 2001 - 04:33 PM
[ 07-09-2001: Message edited by: BalletNut ]
Posted 09 July 2001 - 05:01 PM
But, trying to be more exact, it must have been the music that enthralled me - I have always loved "danceable" music, no matter if it is classical, flamenco, pop, latin or whatever. Some music one (I mean myself)just cannot dance to.
Posted 09 July 2001 - 08:30 PM
Posted 09 July 2001 - 11:45 PM
As I grew older and danced more myself, I began to have a deeper appreciation for ballet as an art form. It's where my heart is. I hear music and I choreograph impossible steps in my head. Dance is music made visible. Dance is breathing. Dance is life.
Posted 10 July 2001 - 12:45 AM
In the business of ennobling the human spirit, dancers offer us our only earthly chance to catch a glimpse of the angelic host. Uniquely, their contribution to the mystery of life comes through trancending the metaphysical and intellectual to demonstrate - neither with sonorous instuments nor with eloquent words, but merely with their own bodies - that the soul aspires to the highest ground.
In a less eloquent vein, I'll just say that the sight of a long-legged woman in a short skirt dancing gracefully and elegantly on her toes does something for me.
Posted 10 July 2001 - 06:56 AM
Why I love ballet?
1. Movement to music - something inside of me cannot listen to a piece of music without imagining dancers dancing to it. Even in a concert hall, I can't just listen to a symphony orchestra or band without picturing dancers in my head.
2. Spectacle - gorgeous costumes on gorgeous human beings, all displayed on a stage, surrounded by opulent sets. Visual 'Beauty' in every sense of the word.
3. Opportunity to learn every nugget of information about one theme - becoming an expert at something. Turning every stone. Constant seeking, reading, exploring, traveling. I'm still learning.
Posted 10 July 2001 - 10:21 AM
Posted 14 July 2001 - 12:49 AM
Originally posted by BalletNut:
How would you respond if asked why you like ballet?
One can always respond with, "why do you not like ballet?"
I've thought about it a lot and hypothesize that I like ballet for several reasons: It is beautiful and has a structure that intrigues my analytical mind. Also its a good excuse to learn about an obscure topic.
[ 07-14-2001: Message edited by: Cliff ]
Posted 14 July 2001 - 12:11 PM
Posted 14 July 2001 - 01:21 PM
Posted 16 July 2001 - 03:46 PM
Clearly, for me, little has changed.
Posted 16 July 2001 - 10:04 PM
And I would say that the fact people can dedicate their entire lives to the passion of ballet is incredible. That it at least deserves respect, if not devotion. I would say that the human soul is in full vulnerability and display every night in the great ballet theaters of the world, and no matter how far technology has advanced, there is nothing comparable. This only touches briefly upon the depth of my love for the art.
Posted 17 July 2001 - 01:37 AM
Why, then? Humans have been called ugly, furless creatures who pollute the planet then blame others for it. But we can be beautiful as well. The principals are not the only dancers out there -- a well-trained corps can look hauntingly beautiful in, say, Bayadere. I think that it is the opportunity to drop off this ugly clothing of politics, social status, and general public opinion that appeals to me so much. Call me a loner, but I'd rather spend my time in a studio learning the 'tools of the trade' than scurrying around like a mall rat and contemplate my next lipstick color.
To reiterate: You drop your social mask to take on a different mask, whether it be Eurydice or Aurora, Kitri or your own choreographed piece. It's very pleasing once you learn how to tell 'the beautiful lie'.
[ 07-17-2001: Message edited by: Luka ]
Posted 18 July 2001 - 12:13 PM
Posted 18 July 2001 - 01:35 PM
I like ballet for the following reasons:
1. Ballet is a way of expressing emotion through dance. It is aimed at presenting the human body in the most aestheticaly beautiful ways and movements, and it can illustrate feelings in a way words cannot. Even sitting in a comfortable theatre in the audience, watching a ballet, can help to allieviate some of the emotions I may be feeling at the time. The characters or subjects that are embodied by these performers can express joy, sorrow, anger, and chilvalry for me, and it is a wonderful thing to have.
2. Unlike opera or literature or film, ballet is not bent on presenting the material world as it really is. It shows the world inside of us. It is a world we would like to live in, but we cannot, and ballet offers a glimpse at this. This is a world of dream where love and happiness are all around you, and everyone is interested in something other than earning money.
3. Aesthetic wonders fill this stage that we are watching. As Jeannie said, beautiful costumes and gorgeous sets envelope beautiful and expressive people in a work that is aimed at showing beauty. It's enough to like anything.
4. I just do. I can't tell you anything else but that. Why do like what you like?
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