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A question to ponder….. can you truly be a convincing Ballet performer until you have experienced all those feelings in real life? Can a Juliet be convincing in portraying that role until she has experienced a broken heart? I guess Actors have the same issues – with ballet I guess the older you become emotionally you are a better performer, but physically you are less able? Double edged sword no doubt!
What do dancers reading here think?
I would imagine that this is an important issue in any type of performing as Nerida points out with acting. But maybe the relative young age of ballet dancers in their physical peak should not really be an issue. After all, if I remember correctly, most of my experience of life and angst happened at a young age and Romeo and Juliet is a story of young, teenage lovers. This is not to say as we get older we do not get more life experience, but is it a kind of experience that translates through dance to a powerful performance?