Monthly Archives: August 2005

Stern Grove: SF Ballet

“Ugly. Is irrelevant. It is an immeasurable insult to a woman, and then supposedly the worst crime you can commit as a woman. But ugly, as beautiful, is an illusion.”

-Margaret Cho, weblog, 01-27-04″

there are so many issues of interest to me that refer to beauty and femininity, but let’s save it for another time… i wanted to address beauty as a higher art form. i went to see the SF Ballet today – so beautiful, in the beautiful outdoor ampitheatre Stern Grove. I was explaining to my non-ballet going audience that these dancers don’t make a lot of money, but they do it b/c they love to dance. is it to appeal to a higher goal than the rest of us, in the material world, the ethereal goal of perfect beauty? is that a goal that is so above the rest of our heads that it doesn’t seem real to us, yet it is a real goal? or does is it too high that it actually doesn’t exist?

i think they do it tho b/c of the pure love of dance. if i could give up my life to be anything, i would be a ballet dancer, dancing my heart out every night.

it was a beautiful performance today tho. balanchine, my favorite… one of the pieces performed was the four temperaments. i loved the musicality – the way that balanchine really personifies music. a picture is worth a thousand words, but how many dance-movements is a moment in music worth? that is the question that george balanchine tries to answer – beautifully. it was great.

it was a fun weekend away from microbiology.