Video: Ballet Bliss… and Friday Links

March 30, 2012

This vignette of a ballet sequence in slow motion is not only beautiful to watch, it shows the discipline behind every motion of professional dancers like these two. Wow. Thanks to Margaret for bringing it to my attention.

It’s been some kind of week around here! This slow mama needs a slow weekend, and she’s not going to get one. Boo. I do hope, however, to carve out a little time to get outside and enjoy the tree blossoms, read my new issue of Saveur, and catch up with B. If you’ve got some time to breathe this weekend, you may enjoy checking out some neat things spotted over the past few days:

Have a slow weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

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Ann Waterman 1 Ann Waterman March 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

The spanakopita strudels look delicious, but I’ve got my eye on the roasted cabbage!


2 Zoe Saint-Paul March 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

She’s got a lot of great looking recipes on there!


3 Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas March 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

Radiohead + ballet = yes, please.
So pretty! But then, I’m a ballet teacher so I’m biased :)


4 Zoe Saint-Paul March 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

What is about being a ballet teacher that sounds so… I don’t know… romantic?


5 Haley @ Carrots for Michaelmas March 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

It is about the best job ever. But it doesn’t feel very romantic when one of my three-year-old baby ballerinas pees on the studio floor, haha! It does rule to wear my hair in a bun all the time, though. So easy!


6 Alexandra March 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I loved this video! Thank you! I performed as a child and teenager with one of the two “main” NYC classical ballet companies. Now that I work in technical theater my job involves less “artistic,” more mechanical things, but I often find a lot of blending between art and mechanics, honestly.

I like that this video really breaks down what is commonly thought of as a mystical, elusive art form into the technically precise work that it actually is. Everything goes exactly where it is meant to, where it has been “designed” and developed to go; and when it doesn’t, you can see where it’s meant to be, where the execution fails to meet the design. The difference between something being a failure and being artistically beautiful comes down to fractions of an inch, to perfectly designed and implemented hardware, to controlled force and careful precision – whether hydraulic or human.


7 Zoe Saint-Paul March 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Yes, it’s fascinating to think of the mechanics behind making something look beautiful, artistic, and effortless.


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