Although it’s quite different from the post that I put up last week, I think that this post, as well, shows some of the best of ballet.
The amazing thing about ballet is that it takes a classical, quite structured language and allows an artist to do almost anything with it that the artist can conceive. There will, IMHO, always be a place for Swan Lake, Giselle, Le Sacre du Printemps, Revelations, Billy the Kid, etc. And young audiences need to see those pieces, first, because they’re beautiful and, second, because they teach the basic grammar of ballet. But all of us, young and old, also need to see Billboard and its progeny, so that we can understand how ballet can live, how the language of Petipa, Ballanchine, and Graham can tell important truths about life in the 21st Century.
Watch how much fun the dancers are having.