Life at № 42
One of the great ballerinas (certainly one of my favourites) of the 20th century died today at the age of 99. Here she is as the Dying Swan.
Quite exceptional. Exquisite and mesmerising.
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I’ve been madly in love with her since I first saw her dance on one of my mother’s vhs tapes 🙂
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I must admit, a tear came to my eye as I watched.
I’ve loved ballet since I was a kid but it’s only now that something hit me – the contrast between the point work and the fluid movement of the upper body is meant to represent the graceful way a swan appears to float on the water while it’s feet are hidden beneath the surface, paddling away.
Obviously, a ballerina has to move /somehow/, but the choreography of the Dying Swan has always been about more than just movement.
Apologies, just a small epiphany there. And a glorious video clip. Thanks, Pinky.
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Did you dance as a girl?
Oh to move like that with such grace and fluidity! Thanks for sharing,
I can appreciate the technical ability but I’ve never have been able to connect with ballet or opera.
Hmm…let’s say I was taught. Calling my efforts dance is going a bit too far. 😉
That’s the description of my whole life. I’ve been taught very much, but can do very little 😀
lmao!!!!! I think people like us are called writers… :p
Wonderful ! Thank you !
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