Alec Nevala-Lee

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The momentary arabesque

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The arabesque is, rather obviously, not a position that can be held for any prolonged length of time. Balanced on the tip of one foot, the ballerina gives her audience a momentary glimpse of the arabesque, and then she is gone. But the impression of an effortless grace, produced by the precisely controlled relationships of arms, hands, legs, body, and head, remains like the pure clear sound of a single flute note, flashed across space in an instant.

Perhaps it is the memory of a beautiful moment that is as important as the moment itself. Who of us has not experienced the bittersweet recollection of a perfect moment and has not hungered to have it back? It will not return, but one always can—perhaps one always should—look eagerly for the next arabesque.

Donald Elliott, Frogs and the Ballet

Written by nevalalee

December 18, 2016 at 7:30 am

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