Chaos, Under Beautiful Control

November 4, 2014 11:46 PM

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As a child, I was taken to the Hermitage Museum, where I was struck by marble sculptures of Greek and Roman Gods and Heroes. So, when my parents took me to see the Nutcracker and Swan Lake, I felt that all these beautiful dancers were chiseled marble sculptures come alive. Today, every time I see a performance by a classical ballet or contemporary dance company, I can't help but think of how much these dancers and their beautiful bodies remind me of the classical art of Greece and Rome.

Last weekend, I went to UCLA's Royce Hall to see a performance of Batsheva Dance Company, the famous Israeli repertoire company celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was founded in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, with the incomparable Martha Graham as its first artistic advisor. The rest...

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