Yes, I did lift this from RBV, and I ask that you ignore the ignorant title he put on this video:
The racist ignorance and stupidity is, for once, not the point of this post. The choreography (or lack thereof) is. I really doubt one could find anyone, anywhere who has a kind word to say about this joke of a ballet.
I am a painter, and can tell you that painting in general went into a very long, persistent mode where painters were more designers than purveyors of any kind of visual truth. There is still a very dominant school of what I call commercial fine artists. Of course they can do “reality” as we know it, but instead they splash the canvas with color and leave it that way and call it a painting, rather than searching for a reason for anything. Their paintings make nice decorations and that’s about it. There is nothing to seek within them. Happily, the art of painting is emerging somewhat from this century-long headache, but it is happening slowly.
No, I am not totally against abstraction, but I do think it leads to a lot of bullshit art (excuse the term but it’s the most accurate I can think of).
Anyway, as painting emerges from its pain, ballet is coming down with the same ailment. A symptom is bullshit choreography like what you see in the video above. Totally dependent on props, the ballet says nothing about movement or feeling (other than that someone is sad or dead or something?). The eternal bliss of The Kingdom of the Shades is completely lost on whoever is responsible for this travesty. It’s utterly materialistic, and completely misses the point.
I’m not against modern dance, but I do think its lack of one specific technique invites this sort of garbage to happen. And I wonder why there is virtually no one choreographing new classical ballets. There is still a ton of room there and great challenges. No need to collapse into an orgy of set design masking the fact that all the dancers are doing is walking.
What trash. And I’ll leave it at that.
P.S. I noted that the video has been taken down by YouTube. Suffice it to say that the “ballet” depicted was nothing more than a bunch of dancers wedding-marching single-file through a set prop, to the glorious music of The Kingdom of the Shades. Total crap.