Saturday, July 30, 2011


Too much Architecture and too little Ballet is wreaking havoc on my geometries.  I see soft curves instead of hard edges.  Flat planes instead of arches.  Worst of all, circumferences are expanding!

This Foolish Aesthete needs a return to the intensity of rehearsals and backstage camaraderie, the way it was during our photo shoot.

I snapped my friends here "behind the scenes" as we were all getting ready for the photo shoot.  The studio -- normally our temple of discipline and artistry -- was demoted to dressing room.  Ballet bars morphed into hanging racks for tutus.  Mirrors reflected hair and make-up, not elegant feet and fingertips.

Ballerina friends: S, Y & Y
Preparing for our photo shoot,
In our black tutus
Photo: The Foolish Aesthete

Maybe I shouldn't de-mystify the world of ballet.  Degas was way ahead of me anyway.  In his case, though, I think it was rather accidental.  He painted ballerinas, on and off stage, because they sold well.  Hmmm ... I have yet to profit from my postings.

Edgar Degas, "Dance Class at the  Opera"
Source: The WebMuseum

I digress.  Back to my friends.  All three ballerinas happen to be Japanese.  Even more remarkable, they are the same height and build.  They make a natural pas de trois, as they do in a soulful dance to music from the film, "Memoirs of a Geisha."  You guessed it -- they were robed in silk kimonos and carried parasols for that one.

Now, -- and I have blogger Polka Dot: Street Style Pics to thank for reminding me -- those of us raised on the hilarity of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas might think: three geisha girls ...

Three Little Maids from School Are We, from "The Mikado"

I'm sure my friends would rather not to be associated with "The Mikado's" caricatured view of the Japanese!  And of course, their performance was too lovely to be equated with these comical creatures.  But I thoroughly enjoyed writing this post while sifting through YouTube's collection of Gilbert & Sullivan stagings, reminiscing about my brother's stage debut as the Captain of the Pinafore in his school production, and acknowledging that my Ideal Man is really the Modern Major General!

For more photos from my Ballet Series, click on ==> ArabesqueCurves in SpaceContrast & Compare.

Have a beautiful weekend!


  1. i just watched a documentary about degas and his ballerina paintings, then i see this. happy times!

  2. great inspiration also !!

    have you seen my new post ?

  3. I love Degas, and your ballet pictures as well! Ballerinas are so elegant, I can see why Degas sold his works so well ;)


  4. Are you by profession a dancer? I love the ballet series btw.

  5. I am totally crazy about this post!!!Love it!

  6. I always get fascinated when bailarines poses.. Pure perfection
    Lee x

  7. inpiring!!love the degas painting pitted beside your candid backstage have such good times!

  8. totally love the photograph!
    and edgar degas is one of my fave artists, the way he use pastels is amazing!

    style frontier

  9. Your 3 friends are way more beautiful than that Mikado caricature. Also Degas's paintings of the dancers are sublime. Xxxx

  10. amazing! I love it! xx

  11. one of my favorite posts of yours for sure

  12. Hey! Lately, I have been contracted for Shakespeare. I did Christmas Carol this winter and i think that was the first NON Shakespeare that i've done in almost 3 years. I'm really excited to branch out and do some more contemporary stuff. But i do love those Early Modern Playwrights.

  13. I didn't know this before you created this post and thanks!! :D


  14. i love anything ballerinas... lovely post!

  15. @Ta - how inspiring! Interpreting Shakespeare's lines for a living. And Dickens too! It'll be great to hear and see you do the contemporary stuff too.

  16. No ballet dancing for me this summer.
    Recovering from injury;-)


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