This is one of the most beautiful performances of this pas de Deux I have come across recorded on video. What I love is Osipova’s acting; I think she speaks to modern audiences because her acting is very realistic, more of the kind we are used to (and like) seeing in movies. You can see how she seems to have been robbed of all free will as she is forced to entrance her love into the “dance” that is intended to cause him to dance until his death; but but doing a slow, romantic dance, she enables it to last long enough for the sun to rise, causing the Wilis’ power to fade, and her beloved Albrecht to be saved. She, however, must remain in the world of the dead, causing Albrecht and Giselle to finally be parted for good…In this version, I think you can truly see how heart wrenching that is. Even without knowing all of the details of the story, the music + acting + insanely awesome ballet skills contribute to making this my newest all-time-favorite ballet recordings. I believe this was part of the production that was broadcast to US Cinemas through Fathom Events in January, but unfortunately I couldn’t attend. Hopefully I’ll see this live someday soon!
Imagine you’ve just rolled over your ankle, have fallen to the ground, and are crying in pain/confusion/numbness, and have no idea what may be wrong. Now what do you do? Here’s my completely subjective advice taken from my personal experiences over the past two years. Take it or leave it.
“Dancers are athletes. They run, lift, twist, leap, and dodge. And, unlike most sports or martial arts, they must often place aesthetic and choreographic considerations above safety (look at rolls in modern dance compared with Aikido rolls; one is designed based on an aesthetic, the other is purely functional and safety-oriented). By delving into a study of pure athleticism I will be ignoring aesthetic and artistic considerations until my body, or my instrument, is actually ready to be used for expression.
For dancers out there who read this, do you feel that your dancing gives you enough fitness to meet the challenges of the field? If not, what else do you do to stay in shape? For non-dancers, what are some ways that you measure athleticism? Please do let me know−I am very curious!”
Luke Reid-Griassia, on our blog “An Early Spring”
It is perhaps strange that as a dancer, I did not start to consider myself an athlete until recently. For me it stems from high school when sorting yourself into certain social groups was really important, and I fit in with the artistic groups much more than the “athletic” groups. When I finally ended up taking P.E. online my senior year, (with a heart monitor that allowed me to “upload my workouts” to the virtual classroom) it was my first visit to an actual gym. That was a good experience, however, because I began to integrate cardio and weight workouts into my 30+ dance hours/week routine. (more…)
Here’s how I prepare ~one week’s~ worth of (mostly) Paleo food. How long the fruits of your labor last will depend greatly on your proportions in meals. I make the cooked meals stretch out longer by having small meals and snacks of fruit, applesauce, KIND bars, macaroons, and Starbucks drinks. (Hey, I said “mostly” Paleo!) Naturally, this does not work for everyone, so these meals may only last you a few days, but that’s something!