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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Virtual Thing of the Day: 5/1/20

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l’Opéra de Paris

A dear friend (Hi, SP!) tagged me in this video, and I was absolutely hypnotized. If you have ever wanted to see ballet dancers in their natural habitat (as I have), you need look no further. This epic video is compiled from at-home warmup and dance clips by the dancers of l’Opéra de Paris, and I can’t stop watching. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! (At least I know Hal will…)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Virtual Thing of the Day: 5/1/20

  1. Never thought of dancing in the bath tub. They say dancing is good for us but some of their steps would put me on the floor with something broken…or at least very sore.

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  2. I loved this! Especially the impact of the ballerina in the red bath robe starting it off.

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  3. What a lot of people don’t understand is at that level all of them are athletes. They work out for a couple of hours each and every day. It does look beautiful when performing but a lot of hard work went into it long before the public ever saw. Second, most of them have a family also. Love watching this one today. — Hal

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  4. Thank you for posting this. I have watched it over and over and see something new each time.

    One thing that strikes me every time though is the music. It’s almost combative, which seems like such an interesting choice. There’s a short article about the video here –

    https://madame.lefigaro.fr/celebrites/en-video-les-danseurs-de-lopera-de-paris-se-mobilisent-contre-le-coronavirus-170420-180737

    – and I tried to read the part that talks about the choice of music. (My high school French teacher would be mortified by how much I have forgotten. )

    «La musique puissante et lyrique de Sergueï Prokofiev, magnifiquement composée et dirigée, illustre bien trois sentiments que chacun où qu’il soit a ressenti face cet ennemi invisible : la peur, l’espoir, puis enfin une volonté de relever la tête et de venir à bout de cette situation dystopique.»

    Google helped me find a translation. “The powerful and lyrical music of Sergei Prokofiev, magnificently composed and directed, illustrates well three feelings that everyone wherever he was felt facing this invisible enemy: fear, hope, then finally a will to raise his head and come to overcome this dystopian situation.”

    By coincidence, I recently decided it was time for me finally to tackle my weak understanding of Existentialism. Let’s hope this doesn’t drag on much longer or I really will be driven to try to read The Plague in the original French.

    Love to you and yours.

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