Monday, May 04, 2015

The Beauty of Ballet

One of the few items that truly separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom, revealing the human spirit and soul, is art. In our 21st century cultural landscape, art is a degraded idea, made ugly by an intellectual crowd too happy to just be considered cool and far to open to any amateur. The multicultural crowd slides into forms, where audiences are told alien looking garbage is on par with Rembrandt. We live in a society where simple representations of beach babe beauty creates online firestorms and real life bomb threats from feminists. How do you fight that or where can you still find art that reaches for the heights of human beauty? Watch ballet.

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Anonymous said...

Art reveals what in a people souls, you can see Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Indian values throgh their ancient art.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

And, listen to classical music. It's good for the soul.

PA said...

Classical music: lately I've been enjoying Andre Rieu concerts. He and his orchestras perform high classical to folklore music, always with charm and style. He has dancers as well as audience members dance in masse to waltzes and folk ditties.

Start out with his Second Waltz (Shostakovich)

nikcrit said...

A weird racial corollary to the classical arts in the 21st-century: classical jazz, which i consider to be one of America's few original art forms, is applied mainly by whites in the conservatory and is almost solely by whites in terms of appreciation, e.g., audiences.... meanwhile, classical music, applied and appreciative in form, is largely ignored by whites and blacks and is being widely appropriated by Asians....... meanwhile, classical dance, such as ballet, is being appropriated by NAMs, along the lines of the recent black p.c. trailblazer, whose name i can't recall right now but is getting all the usual silly hype, such as being Time magazine's most influential people.....this, even though ballet is the one form of artistic athleticism in which aggregate racial body structure favors caucasian dancers.

Son of Brock Landers said...

That comment was great nikcrit until the NAMs in ballet thing. There is what the media hopes for and reality. Weird thing about Asians in classical music is lack of composers. I keep waiting for the blossoming of Asian and Asian American composers to happen.

PA said...

- "classical music ... is largely ignored by whites"

As a tangent off that, look up "Andre Rieu live in Brazil 2013" on YouTube. It's length is 1:34:39. Classical music concerts can give rock concerts a run for their money. Especially the latter half of the show, where he's piling on one encore after another.

The audience looked very upper class and it included lits of younger women, a few downright beautiful.

- "ballet is the one form of artistic athleticism in which aggregate racial body structure favors caucasian dancers."

In the context of dance, Camille Paglia noted that the White aesthetic (I think she used to word "Western") is a tension between the Apollonian and the Dionysian. When tending to the former, it is sky- ot heaven-reaching, hence the soaring choreography and illusion of weightlessness in the ballerinas. In contrast, as she wrote, the African dance aesthetic tends Dionysian, or earth-oriented, as seen in the ground-stomping, butt-shakung style in the female dancers.