Posts tagged World Ballet Day
World Ballet Day 2016

Recently landed: World Ballet Day, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes a closer peep at a collage of 220 frames created to celebrate World Ballet Day 2016.

(World Ballet Day's live stream begins at 1pm AEDT today in the studios of the Australian Ballet.)

One of 220 frames from a collage of moving parts created to celebrate World Ballet Day

Pure, unfathomable joy

Recently landed: Pure, unfathomable joy, a new post on High Up in the Trees (by Gracia)

The Australian Ballet's Valerie Tereshchenko, Symphony in C (Image credit: Justin Ridler)

The Forgotten Land

Recently landed: The Forgotten Land, Gracia's written response for Fjord Review

"There are no days more full in childhood than those days that are not lived at all, the days lost in a book. I remember waking out of one such book beside the sewing-machine beneath the window on the river in the barrack living room to find my sisters all around me. They had unlaced and removed one of my shoes and placed a straw hat on my head. Only when they began to move the wooden chair on which I sat away from the window light did I wake out of the book, to their great merriment.”

This “strange and complete happiness when all sense of time is lost, of looking up from the pages and thinking it is still nine or ten in the morning, to discover it is well past lunchtime” author John McGahern describes mirrors my own “pure, unfathomable joy" when adrift within a ballet performance. For my pleasure’s own sake, it feels, the structure of time is turned on its head. A close solidarity is formed in the theatre and my affection grows with each visit. I have, in the space of a very short time (but, time, what is that?) become a balletomane (though what to do with that clunky ‘t’?). A devotee of ballet, it requires less self-discipline than a dancer, and all of the gratification.

The Australian Ballet's Imogen Chapman, Vitesse (Image credit: Justin Ridler)

Pins in spin

Recently landed: Pins in spin, a new post on High Up in the Trees (by Gracia)

The gentlest of owls. the Laughing owl (Sceloglaux albifacies). Last recorded sighting July, 1914. "It could always be brought from its lurking place in the rocks, after dusk, by the strains of an accordion....the bird would silently flit over the face of the performer and finally take up its station in the vicinity, and remain within easy hearing till [the music] had ceased." —Sir Walter Buller, New Zealand ornithologist