How cool is this new “Rethink Ballet” promotional clip from Boston Ballet? The slow-motion quality and pared down setting allow for a unique observation of each dancers gorgeous technique. There’s something so satisfying about seeing the climax of a saut de chat when the moments just before have been warped in temporal extension. A soaring jump is lovely, but a perfect preparation satiates the soul, am I right? Stretched speeds, prolonged lines, and an apparent refusal to accept all matters of physics. Are you rethinking ballet yet?
Tonight I will be attending BB’s final program at the Boston Opera House, Thrill of Contact, and with Balanchine, Forsythe, Robbins and Cirio on the bill, I must say my hopes are very high. Such an incredible repertoire, and the charming principal dancer Jeffrey Cirio’s mainstage debut as a choreographer- sign me up!