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  1. Very sad and painfull news. The worse thing about this is that it is only one of so many sad news in the world. We think we live in a modern world but I have to say that so many things happening in the world today are STILL exactly the same as medieval time. Do people ever learn from history?
  2. Is it not commercially available anymore? Does anyone know a place where I can buy this movie from?
  3. Thank you very much every body for your replies. I guess it was not such a good idea, but would it not be good if the major companies in the world formed something to protect and promote ballet? Personally I thought ballet world might benefit from few changes as a whole, but there is no way to do that as a whole because ballet is completely under the responsibility of each company and most companies are (quite naturally) more concerned with business and money rather than ballet or art or creativity. As a result the fate of ballet depends on the taste of the ADs of the time of each company a
  4. This thought just came to my mind and I thought it might be good to suggest it in ballet talk. Forgive me if this idea has already been suggested and discussed before. Here it goes. In the past there were not as many people and companies who did ballet as now ,so there may not have been a need for such a thing. Now that ballet has become so popular and so many people and companies do it, Is it not better to have one central classical ballet organization that watches and manages everything related to ballet in the world, like the FIFA of football (soccer). Just a thought . What do
  5. I hope nobody will mind me writing my experience regarding racism both in and outside of ballet world. First of all I am half Pashto and half Japanese, so to be accurate racially I am a mix of caucasian and mongolian races. Dancers who were similar mix as me are Nijinsky, Nureyev, Charles Jude, Tallchief sisters, Asylmuratova etc......(so many). I found out about the existence of ballet only few years ago when I was 25 and living in Britain. I fell in love with it and started taking classes seriously. Eventhough I was a nonwhite foreigner, every teacher I met encouraged me. Two of them ev
  6. I agree with the starting points 2dds suggests and I do think the intention of this topic is a noble one. However We have to direct the arrow of this noble intention to the right direction. First of all I think over-sensitiveness on racial issues can be dangerous, because by being over-sensitive people are still seeing each other in groups rather than individuals. It can easily turn in to racism like turning a coin.This is probably why a society can be so over-sensitive in one area(such as black and white issue) and so insensitive in another (such as calling a whole nation terrorist) at th
  7. Defjef I think calling ballet and ballet world [racist ] is a very subjective idea and not fair at all, and I have to say that all the other posters in this thread have been objective and right in my opinion. I really think the way you see ballet can reflect the way you see the world ( I am not meaning politically but generally), and I think that you should get rid of this over-sensitiveness on racial issues and be natural. Just try to see people as individual human-beings rather than putting them in racial categories and enjoy ballet as it is (you will enjoy it much more) . Over-sensitivene
  8. Canbelto Please notice that I wrote turn out and pointing the feet, I did not write degree of turn out and shape of the feet. Natural turn out and natural shape of the feet are not what matters , it is how you turn out and how you use your feet that matters. I was only trying to say that it is as fundamental as turn out and pointing the feet. How about the crisis of epaulment? By the way Fonteyn had more than ideal turn out. I had never heard that bolshoi had always been known for ugly feet. Papeetepatrick, I did not have yoga in my mind when I wrote that post. But now that you have brought y
  9. I really agree with Paul Parish about Nijinsky. In his pictures as the Spectre de la rose, the softness of his arms , wrists and hands are extraordinary. Another dancer that comes to my mind is Sergei Vuharev of Kirov. He is the dancer who dances the peasant pas de deux in the Mezentseva Giselle DVD. I think his port de bras is quite exemplary and very beautiful. It is a very good example and a model of the Kirov style.
  10. Thank you chiapuris for introducing the word , although I am not sure if I agree with the location Anna Paskevska is describing the center of dancers to be , because in my opinion the center of gravity is located in the same place of the body on every human-being whether a dancer or not. ( unless she is meaning something else by center). It is in the area just under the naval. In my opinion it is not something that is located in different places on each person such as under the sternum on one person and below the sacrum on another. So I believe that the height of the center of gravity depe
  11. Canbelto thank you very much for your carefull observations, but I do not think it has anything to do with the flexibility of the back or spine, nor the difference in the schools. It is the difference in the level of training and the talent of the individual dancer. Since I have explained what I think on this matter as best as I could I am afraid I have to leave it there. I will take the subject back to Vishneva as you asked. She does every thing which is needed to be done in the choreography so No there is not anything in particular that I would pick and say about her technique in general
  12. It is not purely a visual thing like prefering a type of leg or head Dale. The fault must be in my explanation. I will try to explain better although I am not sure if I can. First of all I am regretting for having used the word buttocks since it seems to be to much associated with only a certain muscle or muscles and the look of them. I am not talking about muscles here. Try standing on releve passe en avant ,take your hands off the barre and hold it. You might be able to balance there and think you did it well but push your supporting leg even harder and stand higher . There will be a point w
  13. Dale I thought I explained. It is not a matter of one dancer having a different rear vs another. It makes a difference to the total body shape and the dancing. I am not saying this relates to every body s enjoyment or non-enjoyment of Vishneva s performance. Every body has their own way of enjoying ballet and like I wrote, I was only adding a perspective on to the disscussion of her comparison with the great dancers of the past. I personally think ballet is an en lair dance and think that the lifted buttocks are closer to how it should be. Every body is free to enjoy ballet their own way But
  14. It completely depends on the viewer Dale. If he/she can see it , it matters. I do not know when it happened exactly, If you look at the female etoiles of POB only a generation ago such as Guerin(she was amazing) , Platel ( she had a habit of letting go of her feet sometimes which remindes me of Fonteyn) they had highly lifted buttocks but on the other hand from the same era Ruzimatov , Asylmuratova did not have it. How do I think it affects the line ? I think it makes a difference in the build of the dancers body and like I said the dancing becomes more Par tere without it. It is an is
  15. Canbelto I did not say that this will prevent Vishneva from being great , I only stated one difference between her (or most dancers now) and dancers of the past . As for explaining the lifted buttocks I do not know how to explain it on computer , and in my opinion it does make a little if not great difference in dancing and the look of the body of dancers. Almost all dancers from the past are good examples of it. There were still many good dancers who can be a good example of it even only a generation a go, but somehow it is almost nonexistant now apart from very few exceptions. I think the
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