The Art of the Movement

The lights of the hall were slowly flashing away. The darkness was only interfered by the light of dim candles hanged on the walls that let us detect the fancy decorations for the performance starting in few minutes.

It was the ballet “Masquerade” performed on the same stage for the second time after almost 30 years.

Suddenly, the crowd in the hall froze in the absolute silence when the orchestra started playing Aram Khachaturian’s magical melody “Masquerade”. It immediately occupied the hall, and everything became miraculous when dancers, in gorgeous dresses reflecting the 19th-century aristocratic society of St. Petersburg, appeared on the stage.

I can, definitely, tell the story of Lermontov’s verse play “Masquerade” and even make comparisons with Shakespeare’s “Othello”, in fact, their storylines are very similar to each other, but what grabbed my attention and grabs every time I watch ballet, is what kinds of stories tell the movements and gestures of ballet dancers.

With the combination of movements of the arms, feet, and body, dancers were telling stories to the audience, were communicating with each other and were expressing their feelings. With complete single, double and triple turns in the air, they were showing their madness and violence or, on the other hand, their joy and enthusiasm. With beautiful pirouettes, dancers were expressing their fear. While with quick constant repetitions of jeté, dancers were capturing the scenes of fights and struggles, the slow repetitions of battement tendus, were creating the love and care movements. With the up and down jumps that were beginning and ending in the fifth position dancers were mostly telling about something very joyful or, on the other hand, something dangerous or frustrating. In regard the movements of the arms, sometimes they were complementing the movements of feet; when the latter were expressing madness, the movements of the arms were becoming very sharp and quick. However, the arm movements were turning gentler and quite when dancers were showing love and care.

 While expressing their own feelings, dancers have that incredible ability to transfer their emotions and leave different impressions on the audience who truly value the art that they create.

While the artist creates paintings with the genuine strokes of the brush and the poet stamps his thoughts on the white papers and ends up with lovely poems, the dancer creates heart-touching dances through his graceful and delicate movements being in a beautiful relationship with the melody that makes everything around more inspiring and enchanting.

All these masterpieces create fleeting moments for you to feel completely alive and leave special impressions you will remember for the rest of your life.

-Helen Khanoyan

March 26, 2017

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