Friday, December 28, 2012

Meredith’s 27th Birthday: Dramatic Ballet Dancing That As A Dancer Herself She Might Have Liked

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A dance of driving passion and frustration. From John Neumeier’s Lady Of The Camelias. The music is by Frederic Chopin.

The dancers are Sue Jin Kang and Marijn Rademaker of the Stuttgart Ballet, the originating company. It was first performed in 1978, and is regularly offered now by the American Ballet Theater in New York.

The lady in fact is dying (of TB) but her suitor does not know that - she cannot bear to tell him and break his heart - and though he sees that she adores him, he cannot figure out why she won’t say yes.

There’d have been few dancers half a century ago who could hit this extreme physical and artistic peak. One of the most demanding pas de deux ever created, and demanding was what Meredith always liked.

And as you will increasingly see, it sure takes one bold girl…

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Such a moving dance and story. The music is beautiful too. I’m sure Meredith would appreciate it!

This story is based on a novel by the younger Alexandre Dumas, which was made into a play (and several movies) called Camille. The more recent musical movie Moulin Rouge was, I believe, based on this story as well.

I hope the beauty of this ballet and other remembrances of her life will honor Meredith today, on what can only be a sad anniversary for her family. I hope today can also be a celebration of her life.

This song, Think of Laura, reminds me of Meredith tonight:

Posted by Earthling on 12/28/12 at 09:52 AM | #

Interesting. Ballet is something I don’t know much about. It expanded my horizons. 😊

Posted by brmull on 12/28/12 at 11:06 AM | #

Happy birthday ,Meredith! R.I.P.

Posted by aethelred23 on 12/28/12 at 08:53 PM | #
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