These words were spoken by Francesca Hayward before her unforgettable performance with her partner Cesar Corrales at The Royal Opera House described in yesterday’s post. Their presence filled the studio today as I was moved once again by their artistry, and the sun did shine.
After the sublime performance at the Royal Opera House today of the world premier of a new work choreographed by Wayne McGregor to Strauss’ Morgan danced by Francesca Hayward and Cesar Corrales, the company all took a knee in support of Black Lives Matter; a powerful and moving moment. Watch it on YouTube for the next 14 days and be moved too.
Yesterday afternoon the ballet came to the studio. Inspired after watching the sublime Tiler Peck, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, in Ballet 422 on Netflix. Watch this great ballet documentary and be inspired by her too.
Last June I was inspired by a CBC documentary on the Alberta Ballet Company’s Balletlujah, a celebration of the music of K.D.Lang. My posts on Days 170 and 173 of my 365 day challenge were an expression of that inspiration using photographs I took from my TV screen during the CBC broadcast. For this week’s Photo Challenge: Dance I thought I would revisit those photographs and share with you the magic and sublime beauty of the dancers as they performed both on stage and in the warm Canadian prairie sunshine to the magnificent voice of K.D.Lang.
This is the Alberta Ballet Company’s description of Balletlujah for their 2015-2016 Season:
A true Albertan artistic triumph, Balletlujah! is a remarkable dance creation born from an intimate collaboration between two of Alberta’s most celebrated artists: k.d. lang and Jean Grand-Maître. It features a visually stunning homage to the people and landscapes of the Canadian prairies which shaped lang’s profound vision of music and life. Over 17 incomparable interpretations, including “Constant Craving,” “Big Boned Gal” and “Hallelujah,” Balletlujah! traces the unique journey of a young woman who abandons her hometown for romance and the City of Angels – but the mystical prairies will call her back to her treasured roots and to her true love.
Enjoy K.D.Lang’s wonderful interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which he described as being done to its “ultimate, blissful state of perfection.”