Art Imitating Life – Imitating Art?

I stumbled across this fascinating article through a link shared by a friend from New York City:

Misty Copeland and Degas: Art of Dance

It’s a beautiful reinterpretation of the very famous and beloved works of Edgar Degas, though what I find especially fascinating is how little the movement and technique has changed – the poses expressed by Ms. Copeland in her re-creation of the Degas paintings and sculptures are danced today much in the same way they were in Paris over a hundred years ago.

Copeland

It’s also a lovely reminder of the long history of ballet as a performance art and a collection of techniques – as well as an example of how much the ballet world has changed and diversified for the better. Beautiful, powerful, transitory and timeless all at once – that’s ballet!

NOTE: If you happen to be in NYC later this spring, check out Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

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