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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Camp Ballet: Mr. B's Ballerinas

It's one of those things that is simultaneously intriguing, inspiring and terror inducing:  George Balanchine's legacy.  

I think that Balanchine is far and away the choreographer that I personally like the most.  I love both viewing and dancing his works.  I love the Balanchine style, but alas, I was never going to be a Balanchine dancer.  I was never going to be accepted into the School of American Ballet.  And while his choreography suited me quite well, and my training was primarily Balanchine based, I would never be a NYCB dancer because I knew from a very young age that I did not possess the "Balanchine Body." 

But what can you do, eh?  Nevertheless, Balanchine is like one of Ballet's Biblical characters; a Messiah of Dance if you will.  People are always quoting him, questioning him and struggling to wrap their heads around his genius.  He gave so much to dance and he was such a complicated person.  He was so influential and such an enigma.  Understanding Balanchine, the person, is like trying to understand Shakespeare-- a lot has been embellished and remains a bit of a mystery.  

But that's why I want to see this film.  It looks incredible and it tells the story of Mr. B through the interviews of his ballerinas, most of who were also his artistic muses and his wives.  Really intriguing stuff!

1 comment:

  1. I"m wondering the same as momma teach. Where can I see the rest of this. Making ballets at 16 is an incredible feat. You have me intrigued now!


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