Articles: A footballer at the Royal Ballet
Posted 21 March 2010 - 07:49 AM
~ Quentin Crisp ~
Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:10 AM
Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:35 AM
"Attending rehearsals at the Royal Ballet at its home, the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, is like being witness to a top-secret military experiment involving evolutionarily advanced, medically strengthened humanoids with fully rotating sockets, rubber bones and spines made of string. In the next world, we’ll all be like this"
They're a bit rough on footballers, though, as much as the article is very jokey. The mental demands required in reading a game of football are immense, and footballers are often unfairly derided as thick.
I would like to see some flexibility training from ballet incorporated into footballers' training regimes. Even watching the players warming up is nailbiting: their flexibility is often awful and their hamstrings always seem 'on the edge'.
Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:56 AM
Posted 22 March 2010 - 03:17 AM
Posted 22 March 2010 - 02:32 PM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:58 AM
Though there are some similarities in terms of the psychological makeup of high level physical performers, in terms of physical qualities there are very few similarities between them. Each activity has its own set of requirements, both physical and psychological. These activities are just not in any sense comparable. Those performers at the top are so good at what they do it is staggering. I think we should appreciate what people do and just leave it at that. Secure people do that.
One last thing that bothers me about these comparisons is that dance is an art form while sport is a contest. In a contest, the goal is winning or your relative standing among performers. In dance, the goal is to create feeling and thought in an audience. Just not the same in my mind.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 09:17 AM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 09:56 AM
This article in particular though written as it is from the footballer’s point of view, I just enjoyed as an amusing and well written article which marvelled at the physical prowess of ballet dancers. On this occasion I can’t agree with all your comments on the article - although I can agree with your comments in general. As the mother of a 15 year old male ballet dancer, I certainly wouldn’t want to perpetuate the idea that ballet is something that one should ever need to feel defensive about.
However, to redress the balance a little and to demonstrate that ballet dancers do sometimes get those comparisons from sportsmen, you might prefer this radio article. It responded to a comment made by a member of the British bobsleigh team shortly after he was injured when his team crashed out of its heat at the Winter Olympics.
"It's just one of those things ... but it's bobsleigh, you know, not ballet dancing"
The Chief Exec of Sadler’s Wells was asked to comment and he makes several of the points that you make above.
I hope you enjoy this one better
~ Quentin Crisp ~
Posted 23 March 2010 - 02:01 PM
Posted 26 March 2010 - 05:08 PM
Thank you so much for thinking of all us when you posted the link to this wonderful article.
I will share the article with my DS, who for the past 9+ years has excelled at both sports, ballet and football (soccer).
The two sports go hand-in-hand, with his football skills improving tremendously with the help of his ballet training.
He just recently gave up football as he is now seriously focusing on ballet.
Have a terrific weekend!
Posted 27 March 2010 - 04:08 AM
Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:41 AM