This post is dedicated to all my friends in the dance world. In 1905 Mikhail Fokine, choreographer for the Ballets Russes, created the choreography for Le Cynge, composed by Camille Saint-Saens for cello and two pianos, specifically for the great Russian dancer Anna Pavlova, also of the Ballet Russes. It depicts a swan’s struggle with death, inspired by the Greek myth of the Mute Swan (an actual species) who could not utter a sound until just before it died (the myth, but like all myths tells an archetypal story; this one a parable about what is inside). The work of Fokine, Pavlova, and the Ballets Russes marks historically and artistically one of the greatest turning points in dance (also for art and music), but that’s an interesting topic for another moment. What I want to write about today is how my appreciation for the art of dance has been tutored by watching how great dancers interpret a work. More »
"I'm young. My ears hear promise, my eyes see dreams …" Another Pina Bausch masterpiece. This excerpt from Vollmond (Full Moon) is a "procession of scenes of ritualized courtship and conflict depicting the subtle ways we control and are controlled" (Claudia La Rocco, New York Times; Judith Mackrell, The Guardian). What a gift to have it on film.