Monday, August 15, 2011

Chinese Swan Lake

When I lived in NYC I took advantage of the ability to attend the New York City Ballet on a regular basis. This was the golden age of the New York City Ballet. George Balanchine at the height of his art. The Ballet hadJerome Robbins as a second choreographer It was a time of great creativity. Children and job relocation eliminated the ability to go to the ballet on a regular basis.  A couple of years ago I was fortunate to see the American Ballet Theatre performance of Swan Lake with Gillian Murphy.  I was impressed and amazed at Ms. Murphy's technical skill in comparison to my memory of the skills of the top dancers of the 1976 - 1980 time period.  I have blogged about the recent Swan Lake movie and my low (and fulfilled) expectations for the dancing.  When I saw this clip of the Chinese Acrobatic Ballet I was just blow away.  Enjoy the clip,

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