Prince Derek: What? You’re all I ever wanted. You’re beautiful!
Odette: Thank you. But what else?”
— The Swan Princess
Swan Lake music was composed in 1875 – 76 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and despite its initial failure — as it was with some of the best Tchaikovsky pieces — it’s nowadays one of the most famous ballets of all time.
Beyond the magic and tragedy of the Swan Lake libretto, the reflection I´d like to do today is why ballet is so good as an artistic instrument in order to convey stories that probably in other mediums such as film, theater or even opera wouldn’t be so effective on transmitting such feelings.
From that perspective, I believe not just ballet, but dance in general, could be considered as an attitude, a mindset, a lens through which our intellect can delve into those marvelous, mesmerizing and sometimes, why not, mysterious worlds told by stories like Swan Lake.
In ballet, graceful displacements provide to dancers the way to convey feelings — and entire stories as well — from a more physical realm, as opposed to an intellectual one, which in my opinion makes ballet much closer to a real human experience than other similar arts such as film or theater.
This particular image is titled “Flying” and it’s part of the “The Art of Ballet” series that I talked about it in one of my previous PlusPosts.
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