ballet bondage
»January 2nd, 2011 by andi

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I always wanted to be a ballet dancer. The costumes. The elegance. The physical poetry. It’s all so romantic. I took ballet for several years when I was young, but before long, ballon became triple jumps, pirouettes only happened in paintbrush strokes and fouettés converted to toe touches. I always wished I would’ve continued on my way to busting out arabesques on polished wood floors at parties.


Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Black Swan, naturally has me memorized. As a once-a-year movie theater go-er, I’m less than faithful to America’s addiction to films and buttered popcorn – almost to the point where going a little more often might enhance my outings with friends so they wouldn’t have to spend 20 minutes explaining to me what the rest of America already knows. Unexpectedly though, the initial pulls that got me in the theatre to see Black Swan – the ballet theme and stunning creative – were not what ended up making the largest impression. Rather, it was psychotic (or innate?) temperament of Black Swan that had my brain cogs spinning.

What I came out of that film with, is a realization of duality. This concept – yin and yang, heaven and hell, clean and dirty etc. is, of course, one I’ve drawn on before. It’s not new. And not really that profound. The new connection to duality I did make is that we all have our own set of mirrors through which we choose to view many sides of ourselves. While I never became a graceful, beautiful ballerina, somehow, through the path I’ve taken to get where I am now, I’ve learned this lesson; not all that appears is what it seems. No hallucinatory journey necessary. And with that, let’s dance.

a. John Tisbury|Ballet Bondage b. Etsy|Black Swan art print c. Etsy|Swan Lake earrings d. Etsy|ballet slipper hair clips e. Sock Dreams|brass snap leg warmers f. Etsy|Swan Lake gift tags g. Etsy|ballerina cupcake dress h. Etsy|ballerina bunny i. Sarah’s Sweethearts|crochet ballet slipper

2 Responses to “ballet bondage”

  1. Sarah Hershon says:

    Great site. Great topic.

  2. Deb Kinkle says:

    I was a dancer for a long time and still am to some capacity. Ballet is tough. It teaches such discipline, but, with dicipline comes sacrifice. If you are not willing to accept that, you will never be a dancer. There is lots I sacrificed, but, all worth it. I am happy to see it’s “in style”.

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