Woolf works

img_6476I have seen many ballets within this rich tapestry called life, a aficionado of dance, not by any means but the thrill that music and movement can instil is unforgettable.  I have seen the proud somewhat arrogant Nureyev bring the audience into a frenzy to the graceful elegance of the long limbed Sylvie Guillem but nothing in all these years has moved me so much as Wayne McGregors’s  Woolf Works.  Plus it was a live screened performance from The Royal Opera House, sitting in a cinema !

A ballet triptych describes three books, which takes you through life from an ageing perspective,  looking back at the vibrant memories of 1920’s  England in Mrs Dalloway, to the energetic, fast moving dynamism of youth in Orlando, then finally to death with The Waves. By the end I had been through so many emotions, my heart had been pulled this way and that and at times felt it would leap from my chest.  I felt expanded, exhilarated, as if my body had filled the auditorium.

I watched mesmerised as the dancers moved with such grace and ease, their limbs, muscles, tendons showing the strength needed to perform such a strenuous ballet, especially in Orlando.  So many avenues of thought and feelings erupted

Then came the rhythmic hypnotic swelling of the waves, not only in the music of Max Richter but the dancers and the compelling back drop of raging foaming seas in  in slow motion as you watch and hear life ebbing away.  Actress Gillian Anderson reads Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter written to her husband before she drowned herself in the River Ouze,  the words  so moving in themselves.

I have now listened to this so many times since seeing the ballet, downloaded from the trusty itunes.  Its stunning, moving , haunting and magnificent and so much more.  This week sees the start of my week in Totnes and this mornings playing produces these quick impromptu sketches  and I can see this is going to inspire the senses in many ways as the days,weeks and months roll on.

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Feet tingling footage – forget about the underwear

I came upon this footage today, forget about the underwear just sit back for 3 minutes and watch this  foot tingling footage.

Although I found it quite breathtaking in many ways, the total confidence in these young men  as they skip along at dizzying heights and remembering what it is like to stand at high altitude, the heart expands with the sheer beauty of it all.  However, life is sacred and why put it at risk?

Yes it makes us truly present, truly alive,  nothing else can enter the mind, no past to contend with and no  future projections that can teint each breathtaking moment as it unfolds.  But is it worth the risk?

some woud say yes !  it is worth taking, that feeling of “aliveness” that comes from being a hairs breath away from certain death.  I am not one of those people…………  living, loving and giving keeps me truly rooted here

Guess when we really think about we put ourselves at risk each day just living on this planet now, breathing in toxic fumes, our contaminated food chain,  just walking across a busy road even…….  Put this way being on top of a mountain doesn’t seem so bad !!