The Balletomane

Musings on dance

Some people meet the way the sky meets the earth—inevitably, and there is no stopping or holding back their love. It exists in a finished world, beyond the reach of common sense.
Louise Erdrich


I love this rehearsal footage of Uliana Lopatkina of the Kirov. It is from The Ballerina, a documentary that features her comeback from an injury and having a child. Her dedication is so inspiring! Just what I need this week to stay motivated - 2 weeks until my show!

There aren’t words to describe how fierce these ladies are!

There aren’t words to describe how fierce these ladies are!

Pina Bausch in motion, photo by Yoshi Omori

Pina Bausch in motion, photo by Yoshi Omori

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

To a new yearElliot Erwitt photo, 1952 

To a new year

Elliot Erwitt photo, 1952 

Variation on a Theme

Larry Fink

This photo was taken by Larry Fink at the young age of 19.  It seems that often we are the most intuitive about other people when we are young.  I love everything about this photograph - the bottom of her calloused feet covered in dirt, her tired eyes and solemn expression, the weight of her body on the ground, the way she is oblivious, or perhaps indifferent to the significance of the artwork behind her.  It is a look of sheer exhaustion. I know that feeling.  She just finished a 3 hour rehearsal that she barely made it through after a long day of waiting tables. She was off her balance and distracted by worries about paying the rent.  She is sitting there after catching her breath and cooling down, overwhelmed that she has to get up the next morning to start the tireless cycle again. The resolve in her eyes is profound. The life of a dancer is filled with days like this; punctuated by moments of intensely raw emotion and sheer happiness.    

The painting in the photo is by Moses Soyer.

"I’m not a workaholic. I’m not someone who’d go into the studio and practice hour after hour every day, but I work a lot and I know how to manage myself physically. I know which kind of training I should do for each particular production. I always try to work in a very short time, but very efficiently. All my training now is very well thought of. Physically, you cannot do more than your body allows. If you want to do more, then you have to take from the storage of your energy, and then it’s bad.

"I realized early on that there’s another way of working that’s not physical. That’s why I always say to dancers, ‘Use your head - it’s less tiring and much more efficient."

~Sylvie Guillem

Sylvie Guillem