Have you ever wondered if ballet dancers were not on stage, what would they do? After I’ve been looking through many ballet blogs, another thing that I found is there is a pretty big space on blogs appearing the names of professional ballet dancers. Yes, some of them becomes a blogger in their spare time!
One of them is Ashley Bouder, a principal dancer at New York City Ballet. She’s a blogger for Huffington Post, yet but recently she just well done blogged on my favorite dance site, Dance Pulp.
“Finding inspiration is always the quest of every good artist. Or, really anyone who hopes to keep motivated throughout life.”
“I do love to watch my peers from the wings. Seeing the sweat, the faces they make that the audience never sees, hearing them breath and shout off stage, and all the other aspects like that makes me feel better about how I feel when I’m out there.”
“I never feel more alive than onstage. That’s not to say it is every show, but there are those nights when I just want to relive every moment a thousand times.”
“The depth of the pools of inspiration are endless. It just takes the courage and thought to dive in.”
These are some parts of her blog which inspired me a lot. I love that she named her blog “My Pools of Inspiration” because it’s exactly right after I finished reading it. She told us where she gets her inspiration and how to keep herself inspired. She spread it out through beautiful words, and I’ve been touched to her feeling. Her blog is not just for her but everyone. Ashley, you’re not just a professional ballet dancer but also a qualified blogger.
Visit the original site and read Ashley’s blog, then you could say I didn’t say anything wrong!
Quotes from Dancepulp
Photograph from New York City Ballet
During my Spring Break, I had a chance to read and visit a number of ballet blogs. I was falling in love with many sites, and of course bloggers, who kept me addict to read their posts over nights. One of them is ‘Ballet News‘ where I found this interesting thing to share with you.
“GISELLE IN 3D from the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is the world’s first 3D ballet and will be screening at cinemas across the UK on March 29th and April 3rd. This exquisite, classical ballet has been filmed in 3D to create a pixel-perfect production which captures the movement of a world-class performance in a new and mesmerising way. The corps de ballet fan away from the viewer and the prima ballerinas dance with stunning realism, giving cinema audiences worldwide a ‘best seat in the house’ experience wherever they happen to sit.”
“WOW.” This is such a new great choice to present ballet without seat selection problem. As we know, Giselle is one of the most romantic ballet stories in the history, and it’s very right to have been chosen as the first high-tech ballet in cinemas.
Just saying ballet in 3D, I believe there’s many excitement from audiences to watch the movie. Including with the two shinning stars of Mariinsky Theatre; Natalie Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov, it’s no doubt to see ballet lovers sit on their best seats enjoying the stunning ballet in two acts, with their popcorns!
Quote from Balletnews
Photograph from Digitalcinemareport
Have you ever wondered what the hardest movement of ballet is? If yes, let me introduce you the most difficult ballet movement, which the same time is the most impressive moment on the stage. It’s called ‘Fouettes Pirouette’.
Fouettes Pirouette is also known as 32 Fouettes Turns on Pointe. It was first introduced in the Cinderella choreographed by three legendary choreographers; Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa, and Enrico Checchetti. Pierina Legnina was the first ballet dancer who performed this hardest movement.
Although Fouettes Pirouette was first seen in the Cinderella, it’s surprisingly not the first ballet story that comes up to audiences’ minds, when they’re expecting to see this captivated movement. ‘Swan Lake’ in the coda of Odile, or Black Swan, instead becomes the most famous ballet story of Fouettes Pirouette.
Fouettes Pirouette was performed by many well-known ballerinas around the world. One of the most remarkable dancer who did the Fouettes Pirouette is Gillian Murphy, the principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre. She actually did over 32 Fouettes Pirouette in the coda of ‘Swan Lake’.
Look how amazing she was on the stage with the hardest movement of ballet on the video I posted below. As I told you, even Fouettes Pirouette is the toughest movement on the stage, it’s the most impassioned moment to hugely welcome grand applauds from the audiences.
Video from Youtube
It was the first time that ballet movie was nominated in Academy Awards, and it was the first time for Natalie Portman wining the best actress in Oscar from the ballet movie, ‘Black Swan’.
‘Black Swan’ hugely motivates viewers to turn back and more consider of dance in films. There is a bunch of ballet movies on the list, but it seems like no one except ballerinas and dancers are appealed to this kind of movie. Hip-Hop movies; for example, Step Up, are more attractive to people because of its soundtrack, quick story telling, and sexy stars on the screen.
However, film companies never stop making ballet movies. There are 18 ballet movies in a film history. It has been continued since 1948 when ‘The Red Shoes’ was first time released until 2011 of ‘Black Swan’. It’s because a reality of ballet hides many drama stories behind the stage, and it’s might be the time to reveal those secrets.
Ballet movies are based on pretty much the same story telling; competition, dream, love, pressure, and applaud. In fact, those are a real environment that every dancers have been faced every single day.
It’s not easy to be a great ballerina. It’s hard to make a successful ballet movie. Difficulties along those paths easily make dancers and filmmakers give up on their dreams. On the other hand, whenever they eventually step on the stage, no one forget their names.
Video edited by Ballet Blossom
As we know that Ballet is a symbol of sweetness, femininity, and imagination, that might be a reason why we keep seeing Ballet-inspired fashion all year round from brand name designers to the local ones.
Ballet inspires fashion from head to toe. Starting from the Ballet hairstyle, or Ballet bun, that keeps hair from flying in a dancer’s face. This hairstyle creates a clean and elegant line for the dancer; therefore, high-end designers adapted this hairstyle in their collections by adding glitter headband, jewelry, or flowers on model’s head bun whose dress are mostly elegant as a bride outfit.
Chloe Summer Runway 2011
Tops of ballet suit, or leotard, are fitted to the upper body. It helps the dancer easily move and stably control their body when turning and being lifted in the air. Many fashion designers love the idea and creates tops using leopard pattern. Stretch top is popular to wear inside and cover with suit, cardigan or vest. It can also be worn alone on top with some nice jewelry. Stretch tops are fashionable to wear with legging jean, shorts, or fluffy skirt. Actually, those styles don’t go far way from what ballerina exactly wears, do they?
Talked about fluffy skirt, it’s the most outstanding fashion adapted from Ballet. We often see this gorgeous skirt in both short and long version on runways. It really shows femininity; in the same time, it hides sexiness, and naughtiness of women. Recently, Japan is a leader of fluffy skirt trend. If you’re going to Harajuku, a fashion center of the country, I bet that you would see five people from ten wearing the fluffy skirt. This trend is spreading fast to Asia, and especially to Europe, after Chloe launched their Spring/Summer 2011 Collection in Paris Fashion Week at the end of 2010.
It’s very exciting to see Ballet skirt blossom on the streets in the United States very soon.
Photograph from Fanclothing
Inspiration and creativity are related to all the art forms around the world. Especially, when an artist meets an artist, a fantastic art piece is created.
When Ballet dancer dances on the stage, we know that it’s quite hard for all amateurish photographers to catch up her movement. Even professional photographers, they sometimes face that problem as well.
But what if Ballet dancers post their artistic line outside theaters, and let photographers take their pictures?
This is a great idea from a visionary team in New York called “Ballerina Project”. They invite experienced photographers to create a combination of dance, fashion, and the city’s landscape through the movement of ballerinas.
Visit their blog or become a fan on their facebook to discover more incredible creative photographs both in colors, and many in black and white!
Photograph by Ballerina Project
As a White Swan in Swan Lake
Ever since my childhood in the waterfall-rich mountain city of northern Thailand, called Chiang Mai, my interest in Ballet began. I remembered that I didn’t like it when I first started, but 17 years went by, I had never stopped dancing.
I was not just a Ballet dancer, but a Ballet teacher. I learned from many professional dancers around the world. Therefore, I knew what students expected to get from their teacher, and I gave what they want.
I continued on to mature in Thailand’s capital city, called Bangkok, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (1st Honor) in Western Dance from Chulalongkorn University. It was my biggest pride which has never disappeared.
Now I’m a retired Ballet Dancer because of my right knee problem. I felt on the floor when I was doing pirouette. It happened since I was 17 years old; however, it never ruined my happiness with Ballet. Unfortunately, my body didn’t go along with my heart. I had to be patient with the chronic pain for almost 6 years. After I got the Bachelor’s degree. I decided to quit.
But you know what, “I stop dancing, but I never stopped watching Ballet.” Continue reading