Last year i thought a lot of ageing and what it means and what it does to my body, this year it is not at all an issue or rather i have a different view about it and age per se is no longer a priority or even something i think about; strange how something that seems a hurdle can end up being very liberating when crossed 🙂
But i’m not a ballet dancer! In their case age and how the body changes with it is a much more vital issue. But it seems it can be liberating too, according to this fascinating article in the Guardian.
Whelan/Watson: Other Stories will be i’m hoping one of the highlights of my year, i’m looking forward to seeing them dance next Sunday (details in the link included in the title of the works). Wendy Whelan, one of America’s greatest ballerinas, ex NY City Ballet, is joining our own Ed Watson for a unique ballet project and it will be an incredible privilege to see them dance together.
But there is another reason i’ve been meaning to talk again about Watson. Not only has he changed my view of ballet dancers but he is still an inspiration every time i see him dance. He makes me forget it is dancing, makes me forget steps and such things and all i see is a character, a person, an expression of feelings and emotions. He is the best actor dancer i have ever seen live and i am always glad to read or hear he still plans to go on for a few more years as i know i’ll feel bereft of a lot of beauty when he will no longer be on stage. But thankfully that is still many years away 🙂
And although this is old news by now i have to say massive Congratulations for the MBE the Royal Ballet principal dancer has been awarded in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. The recognition is so well deserved and for me he is the perfect expression of why dancing is so much more than technique.
I know this is not a substantive post 🙂 But i wanted to celebrate one of the artists i find incredibly inspiring and remember thus one of the reasons why i like living in London. It’s been a week of harsh realities and you come to question if it is all worth it and if living here isn’t just simply crazy…
But Ed Watson is one of the pleasures life in London brings with it and i really wanted to remember the positives 🙂 So here he is, one more photo (more to be found in the gallery for the Guardian article and the ROH news article linked above for your enjoyment).
Thanks Ed for being the dancer that you are, can’t wait for Sunday 🙂