|7th Annual International Ballet Festival Mariinsky April'07
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|Author:||Buddy [ Tue May 08, 2007 8:32 am ]|
Maybe another thought on why someone would go to Russian primarily to see a dance festival, a Mariinsky dance festival in particular.
On of my favorite composers is Mozart. Many consider him to be the best composer ever.
I've been watching a video of the New York City Ballet over and over. It's a performance of George Balanchine's "Andante from Divertimento No. 15" to the music of Mozart.
There are a thousand and one things about it that fascinate me. There's the classcal flow and the non-classical flow, the compaction and the expansion, the patterns, the attraction and the rebound, the focus and the drift,.... A seemingly infinite number of ways to express beauty.
To me it's Wonderful !
Then I put on a video of the Mariinsky performance of "Chopiniana-Les Sylphides".
Interestingly, while they were dancing to another composer's music, the music of Chopin--to me
" They *Were* Mozart ! "
The dreamlike simplicity, the 'classical' perfection, the restraint....
Is Mozart really better than for example Simon and Garfunkel. They are perhaps two very different worlds.
I'm not saying that I think that the Mariinsky dancers are the best.
I am saying that I think they are--Very, Very Wonderful !
[typo corrections made]
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