I went to see Black Swan the other day. OK, I know this is not the first movie that perhaps a Harley rider should attend. But what the heck! It was a dark and disturbing, but incredibly magnetic movie. So much so that I had to keep postponing a trip to the bathroom as I didn't want to miss anything. In the end I was wriggling like a two-year old and had to be sent off by S.W.M.B.O.
Obviously I'm aware of much of the music for ballet, but the little details in the film also perked my intererst. I was fascinated in the scene where the dancers literally tore all the insides out of their ballet shoes to make them "right." Also when I went to the ballet in New York I had never realized that the dancers' feet made little clicking noises as they went across the stage. I suppose when you think about it they would, as the toes are blocked with wood. I never knew either that often you can buy the shoes the dancers wore for that performance. I didn't find that too interesting for the blokes' dance.
Oh yes, I did see a performance once of Australians dancing in boots. Their used footware was not available for purchase either.
This is a link to the Chinese Ballet - an unbelievable 4 minutes sent to me by a friend recently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sMc-p19FIk&feature=player_embedded The maneuver she performs at 2:00 is incredible. Also watch for the little man in the white suit to appear at 2:57. He's there to ensure she doesn't fall - rather well done the way he disappears again.