This bitter earth
Well, what a fruit it bearsWhat good is love
Mmh, that no one shares?And if my life is like the dust
Ooh, that hides the glow of a roseWhat good am I?
Heaven only knowsOh, this bitter earth
Yes, can it be so cold?Today you’re young
Too soon you’re oldBut while a voice
Within me criesI’m sure someone
May answer my callAnd this bitter earth, ooh
May not, oh be so bitter after all
This Bitter Earth
Snapshots of rehearsal for the contemporary solo from Christopher Wheeldon’s Five Movements, Three Repeats (thanks, Aza), originally created on the incredible Fang-Yi Sheu at the Vail Dance Festival. One of those five movements is the ballet-famous “Bitter Earth Pas”. Have you seen it? It was made for Wendy Whelan and Tyler Angle, and it is truly breathtaking. Each and every time I hear this song, I find myself teary in the wings tuning into the lyrics as I wait for the third repeat.
The piece began as a mutual “fan-girling” between Fang-Yi Sheu and Wendy Whelan (former principals of Martha Graham Dance and New York City Ballet, respectively). This mini-documentary (thanks, Melissa!) gives a nice background of the collaboration and creation process. What is it about watching masters watch other masters shape their craft? So inspiring.
If you’d like to be moved too, come and see this weightless work live at Up Close On Hope. Tickets here.
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