Why do we go to the ballet? How to convey the immediate and vivid physical thrill of beautiful bodies doing splendid things, like "athletes of God"? How to describe the choreographic marvels, the rich rewards of music and design in perfect combination? And, how on earth does one dispel that false but persistent image of a rarefied elitist and remote art especially in the face of great companies performing too much pretentious waffle masquerading as dance, inept stagings pretending to be the real and intoxicating things?
Yet audiences today. newcomers or calloused habitués, respond to an art that touches us on a deep level of understanding. We see bodies that have been shaped by a lengthy training which is wise with its 300 years of sweated experience so that the body becomes more beautiful, more legible on stage, more intense and potent in expression. The most refined an