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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Terrific Tuesday and Paint Buckets

Terrific Tuesday and Paint Buckets

Achieving and understanding the correct angling of the head in ballet is critically important.  Not just for aesthetic reasons, but also as a counterweight to whatever position the body is in.  Previously I have discussed how this angle is usually a one quarter turn of the head combined with an incline.

One image that is successful for achieving this is the paint bucket.  Take, for example, the position of croisé devant.  If the dancer’s head and body are in the correct place, someone standing in front of them could take a paint brush dipped in white paint and draw a wide line from belly button to the top of the head – and not get any paint on the nose.  Instead, the paint would end up on the cheek.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #9c:
“If the head is angled correctly, there will be no paint on the nose.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.”

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