Class Pas de Deux
June 16, 2010, 3:43 am
Filed under: Dance/Ballet

This pas de deux from Act III from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is the more lively of the two in the ballet, certainly the better one to watch to sample the ballet. Both principal roles are considered to be some of the most demanding in the classical repertoire, (especially for the ballerina with her 32 fouettes!). Sadly, I can’t find a lot of information about the dancers in the clip other than that they dance for the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet in Russia, but it’s easily the best version I can find on YouTube.

For comparison, here’s the finale of the pas from the American Ballet Theatre’s production starring Gillian Murphy and Angel Corella. The American technique places greater emphasis on strength and flexibility, while the Russian stresses clean lines and positions.


The Magic Flute – The Awesomeness of the Voice
April 3, 2009, 12:53 am
Filed under: music, opera

Queen of the Night Aria

Chopin Time!
March 21, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: music

Piano Prelude Op. 28 No. 7 in A Major

March 14, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: philosophy

March 14, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: philosophy

March 7, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: literature

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Act V, Scene Five, 19-28

Batter My Heart
February 28, 2009, 12:00 am
Filed under: music, opera

John Donne’s “Batter My Heart” from Doctor Atomic by John Adams.