“Ballet is a unique combination of poetry and art that appeals to the mind, the emotions and the senses.” . Extract from Soldiers of Beauty by David Ira Rottenberg “The Arts” comprise of many things but few are visually more beautiful and appealing than a work of art or the display of dance. Throughout history artists have been drawn to the visual dynamism of dancers, especially Ballerina’s. You only need to think of 19th century artists such as Degas and Manet to be reminded that dance has captured the eye of artists and audiences from across history. Fortunately the present still delivers this encapsulation with dance! We need only to drive around Brisbane to see the advertisements on bus shelters for the Bolshoi Ballet to be reminded of this.
Artists are also still perpetuating the love of dance in their depictions. Here are a snapshot of some of the Dance themed pieces in the gallery. Please click on the thumbnails below to view the full image.
“The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul. The true dance is an expression of serenity; it is controlled by the profound rhythm of inner emotion. Emotion does not reach the moment of frenzy out of a spurt of action; it broods first, it sleeps like the life in the seed, and it unfolds with a gentle slowness. The Greeks understood the continuing beauty of a movement that mounted, that spread, that ended with a promise of rebirth. “-Isadora Duncan
Although these paintings are beautiful in their own right nothing quite compares to seeing the real thing. Luckily for you The Queensland Ballet Company will be performing Cinderella in April, under the guidance of the new artistic director Li Cunxin!