• Tips gratefully accepted here. Thanks!:

  • Recent Comments

    riverdaughter on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    riverdaughter on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    William on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    Ga6thDem on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    Ga6thDem on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    riverdaughter on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    riverdaughter on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    William on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    riverdaughter on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    William on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    William on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    Ga6thDem on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    tamens on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    Ivory Bill Woodpecke… on Healthcare, Medicare and …
    riverdaughter on Healthcare, Medicare and …
  • Categories


  • Tags

    abortion Add new tag Afghanistan Al Franken Anglachel Atrios bankers Barack Obama Bernie Sanders big pharma Bill Clinton cocktails Conflucians Say Dailykos Democratic Party Democrats Digby DNC Donald Trump Donna Brazile Economy Elizabeth Warren feminism Florida Fox News General Glenn Beck Glenn Greenwald Goldman Sachs health care Health Care Reform Hillary Clinton Howard Dean John Edwards John McCain Jon Corzine Karl Rove Matt Taibbi Media medicare Michelle Obama Michigan misogyny Mitt Romney Morning Edition Morning News Links Nancy Pelosi New Jersey news NO WE WON'T Obama Obamacare OccupyWallStreet occupy wall street Open thread Paul Krugman Politics Presidential Election 2008 PUMA racism Republicans research Sarah Palin sexism Single Payer snark Social Security Supreme Court Terry Gross Texas Tim Geithner unemployment Wall Street WikiLeaks women
  • Archives

  • History

    August 2019
    S M T W T F S
    « Jul    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    25262728293031
  • RSS Paul Krugman: Conscience of a Liberal

  • The Confluence

    The Confluence

  • RSS Suburban Guerrilla

  • RSS Ian Welsh

    • What Negative Interest Rates Mean And What We Should Do
      Alright, so Germany has now introduced a zero interest bond. That means, given inflation, people will get back less effective money than they started with. At this point, outside the US, the average interest rate is negative. As Stoller pointed out, that means that people with money can’t figure out anything productive to do with […]
  • Top Posts

  • Advertisements

Contemporary ballet is for the birds

There is a lot of bad contemporary ballet.  Most of it comes in the form of ballet competitions where the budding ballerinas strike angsty poses to some tearjerking modern ballad and throw themselves on the floor repeatedly like Madama Butterfly before electroshock therapy. Jaysus, what do you have to be so miserable about?  You’re fricking 15 years old and your parents can afford to spend a fortune on your passion.  Given your obsession with ballet, you haven’t had time to kiss anyone much less take a lover or lose your virginity.  It’s hard to get any schlockier than seeing an adolescent girl rolling around on the floor in utter misery to Adele. I mean really, really baaaaaaad contemporary ballet.

Recently, I have seen some youtube videos of more age appropriate contemporary with more lighthearted choreography.  I hope it’s a trend.

Here’s the right way to do contemporary ballet.  This is Daniil Simkin again at an International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS in 2006 performing a piece choreographed by his father Dmitri Simkin to Rimski-Korsikov.  You can go to minute mark .40 if you want to skip the introduction. Utterly delightful.  Cheep!

Advertisements

A little night dancing

Here’s another contemporary ballet I happened upon.  This one features Aurelie Dupont and Manuel Legris of the Paris Opera Ballet.  This pas de deux is from a longer work called Le Parc. It starts off a little kinky but starts to grow on the viewer about half way through.  The feeling is intimate and familiar.