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Bruce Madmin

08-09-01, 12:31 PM (GMT)
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"What's the point of Ballet?"
 
  
For non Guardian readers today's links (thank you Brendan) turned up the following...

What's the point of ballet?
Mark Lawson has been wary of ballet ever since he was forced into a pair of tights at the age of seven. Now at last he may have worked out what it's all about. He begins our series on 'difficult' art forms
http://www.guardian.co.uk/saturday_review/story/0,3605,548355,00.html

This is one of the most interesting and entertaining pieces I've seen in a while - charting as it does Lawson's belated introduction to ballet/dance to the point where he now talks of himself as a convert.

He hits the nail on the head by twigging that there is more than a little sex and joy for some at looking at bodies in motion - somthing that many are too coy to say much about. He talks about the "physicality and eroticism at its heart".

Lawson is though a modern man and liked Ashley Page's "This House Will Burn" for example which puts him some distence (a light year or two then) away from most of the critics and knowledgable and unknowledgable fans. But it did help reel him in.

I read the original piece but have just twigged that the electronic edition doesn't have an important questioning and feedback feature thats in the print version:

Have your say:
Is there a point to ballet?
Could or should it be more accessible?
Does it have a future?

Send your views and your comments on Mark Lawson's article to Waht's The Point?, Arts Desk, The Guardian, 119 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3ER

We have talked about issues like this in postings from time to time but now would clearly be an oportune time to pool wider views... so do have a read and do share your thoughts on the questions that Lawson has posed...


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Jim

15-09-01, 10:21 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: What's the point of Ballet?"
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   I quote Ian McEwan: "Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality".

That aspect of our culture which we call "art" may help us to do this. It seems to me that the performing arts, and ballet in particular, have a part to play in this.


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Bruce Madmin

16-09-01, 02:32 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: What's the point of Ballet?"
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   Well here is what some said to the Observer...

What's the point of ballet? Who cares?
Your reactions to last week's article by Mark Lawson
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4257431,00.htm


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