Saturday, April 30, 2022

Expressive Activities

 

It’s Spring and Mabel Mercer singing Cole Porter songs.

 

I just finished reading Swan Dive, a 2021 memoir (and some funny behind the scenes observations) by NYCB dancer Georgina Pazcoguin.

 

Among the topics she covers is an issue I’ve long wondered about: “The success of The Nutcracker as a revered tradition in the United States is baffling,” she writes.  “The US is the only country that regularly performs a ballet that everyone else in the world considers unwatchable.”

 

Another pithy comment concerns a different ballet and a role she was apparently dissatisfied with: “The part was so incredibly mindnumbing,” she writes “that while sitting in the wings I was able to do my taxes.”

 

And speaking of wings and Spring and birds and things, Dorothy Parker was having none of it:  “Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off .”


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2 comments:

  1. First "what happen"? with the comment section. The post comment section went from simple to a Google "whatever".

    I'm listening to Mabel's recording. It sound like she is in a nightclub singing this, just a piano and her. Very good!

    I like the very funny comment about "The Nutcracker". It reminds me that the US seems to adopt ancient Greek design for their institutions.

    Interesting place "Expressive Activities".

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  2. Neil wrote the "anonymous" comment. As I mentioned, posting a comment went from simple to a convoluted list of options and URLs and profiles...

    I never had to "Learn more" just make a comment.

    Neil wrote this comment too.

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