2012 Les Ballets Russes
The title comes from the text Rob Scholte wrote to accompany this video. He drew my attention to an aspect I had not noticed: in a way it is unconventional and controversial what these kids do because of the pureness of their movements. Being adults we would not be able to do this.
What you see is totally naive and innocent and from Scholte’s perspective it elicites its contraire. Rob made me aware that the dark side of man is always present and that you can never deal with that in a naive way.
children of Fred and Carlijn – Gösta – Lilly – Julie – The Shadow’s children play – jump – dance – with their own shadow play – jump – dance – a dance – a ballet – a Russian ballet – Russian roulette – gymnastics – Serge Diaghilev – Anna Pavlova – Le Sacre du Printemps – Erik Satie – L’Empire des Lumières – Igor Stravinsky – Vaslav Nijinski – Christian Boltanski – pink ballets – The Firebird – Triadic Ballet – brain gymnastics – Jean Cocteau – top sport – exertion and relaxation – Edgar Degas – Henri Matisse – Pina Bausch – Jan Fabre – word dance – Les Ballets Russes – Russian ballets – Matryoshkas – Petroeshkas – Baboeshkas – Russian egg salad – young salad leaves – mimosa salad – little dancer – little rascal – the whole world round and round – roundabout – round and round