Cult Blog Post of the Week

We’ve been sharing a “cult blog post of the week” in our Facebook page for over a month now and as we are getting good feedback on this initiative we have decided to do it over here as well.

Starting this week we’ll pick one favourite dance blog post and invite you to visit it. If you have recently stumbled upon a blog post that sparked your interest, feel free to leave a comment & link below and we’ll check it out. As Emily Gordon encourages, let’s curate good web content. So without any further ado:

In this post Seattle-based ballet blogger Steve Ha (You Dance Funny, so Does Me) sets on a quest to compare Balanchine’s Chaconne with Ballo Della Regina, leading to unexpected choreographic trails and questions about creativity in crafting new dances:

However, one thing that stood out to me in the pas de deux was a move, a partnered move where the man and woman link arms and the woman has one foot on point, leaning away from it in a sort of faux-arabesque.  The reason why it stood out was because I had seen it before—it’s one of the iconic moves in Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, from the bedroom pas de deux.  Now Manon premiered in 1974 (two years before Chaconne) and while Balanchine and MacMillan couldn’t be any more different on the ballet spectrum, they arrived at creating the same movement, at almost the same time.

It gives new meaning to the words “great minds think alike,” although there’s a chance that any pair of five-year-olds on a playground could “invent” this movement as well.  It does bring into question though, if there is ever a limit to choreography; at some point dance will (if it hasn’t already) plateau in terms of movement vocabulary and while new dances can always be created the search for new steps becomes futile.  I think that’s what sometimes bothers me about newer dances; it seems like everyone is pushing for new and innovative, but there’s not as much effort to incorporate historic styles.

Read the full post at You Dance Funny, So Does Me

We started The Ballet Bag in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible; that it is quite the opposite: relevant, fresh and topical. With the aim to Give Ballet a New Spin we try to show it under a different light. When writing our capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, we cross it over with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music – ie. other things we love!).

1 Comment

  • May 25, 2010


    Thanks for sharing the post Bag Ladies! I’m glad you found the Chaconne post interesting. :)