Friday, April 18, 2008

Swan Lake: Ballet Meets Figure Skating

Ah, here is something a good friend forwarded to me - Tchaikovsky's magical dance of the swan maidens:

While the dancers don't wear skates, this performance of the Swan Lake ballet appears meant to capture some of the movements of figure skating, as the dancers swoop gracefully by on the ice sheen of the lake. While I know little of ballet, I find the grace of this undeniable and enchanting. It evokes some of the breathlessness that one finds in the old stories of swan maidens.

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