We tend to think of ballet as a field of design effort—not unlike original vintage posters—as a bastion of antiquated ways. We know how inaccurate that supposition is, when it comes to vintage graphic art as whipping up a tornado seriously (along with the rest of the avant-garde) displacing stodgy priorities. Can we, however, bring ourselves to seeing devotees of ballet as a major exponent of kicking ass?
The National Ballet of Canada’s Spring Season includes a bombshell of innovation calling itself, “Physical Thinking,” a term that goes straight to the heart of an avant-garde galvanized by(in complete subversion of the endeavors of the past two thousand years) having the physical pegged as a hideous impediment to thinking, in the form of rational, intellectual discovery. Continue reading