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Month: February, 2008

Adieu adieu

1982.12.09 – 2008.02.25

第一次x3

還是沒有電腦用,而且似乎不太可能再像之前那樣坐在office打半天xanga,不過昨天有幾個第一次,一定得記下的:

1. 第一次到警局報案,同三柴警官對話(打999報警的話在倫敦時已不幸地開了齋,詳請參閱2005年4月1日的entry)

2. 第一次見到師弟--幾年前透過xanga相識,到現在才真正見到本人,感覺有趣(尤其是我望着對方幾秒鐘唔太sure有無認錯,結果反而是他笑着一個表情像是說:係呀妳無認錯呀師姐)

PS 其實你都幾高大靚仔呀,快d寫返野,分分鐘型過貽興王喎(笑)

3. 為25年來一個迷思終於下了決定--是甚麼決定?很快便會知道

要寫的東西繼續pending……

The Beauty of Sorrow

Watched a wonderful performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at the Art Festival, performed by Stuttgart Ballet. This is my first time ever watching a ballet classic, and I genuinely thought I would fall asleep (because that is a universal truth for all classical stuff). But not only I did not fall asleep, I was constantly awed by the wonderful spectacle in front of me (we were very fortunate to have got fairly good seats about 10+ rows from the stage, slightly to the side, and Anson Chan actually just sat one row in front of us, in the centre of course). It was a bit like Miranda seeing a whole new world open before her — “O brave new world!” And yes indeed, “it is new to thee.”

Who has not heard of the famous Swan theme by Tchaikovsky? Even given the difficult pronunciation of the Russian language, Hong Kong people are so familiar with the name (though as a term for “drivers”, probably to the great astonishment of the Russians). Still, no one can tell the story with absolute certainty — partly because there have never been one but many versions of the story: happy, tragic, ambivalent… and John Cranko, the noted choreographer of this production of Swan Lake, decided it should be tragic, and I think that is the best possible rendering of both the music and the story. I mean, the Swan theme is so sorrowfully beautiful, so how can it be the lovers get reunited and live happily ever after, as if the crisis is no crisis at all? Even plot-wise it would not make any sense. Or you can just say I am a pessimistic soul, but I do think sorrow is beautiful.

Friedemann Vogel plays Prince Siegfried, whose angelic appearance really appealed to me. But the vulnerable elegance of Linda Waasdorp playing Odette was even more breathtaking — she was the bird of heaven itself! Audience has a tendency to find fault with the main casts, but these two really worked for me and I have no complaint at all save applauses.

One thing kept coming to my mind while I was being enchanted by the spectacles before me — and that is (quite undoubtedly) Degas. Degas and his ballerina. It was then that I totally understood why this impressionist artist was so much fascinated by this performance art form. Because it is just heavenly impressionistic. And more so the swan lake scenes — what with the movement of the group of swans! Nature inspires Art, and Art triumphs over Nature. This famous argument between King Polixenes and Perdita.

These photos are not from the Art Festival performance, but another performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in London, June 2007. Also featuring Friedemann Vogel as Prince Siegfried. A Sofiane Sylve plays Odette, whom I feel is not as elegant as Linda Waasdorp.







All images are copyright John Ross ©
http://www.ballet.co.uk/gallery/albums.php

快寫一則

我的notebook三度昏迷,這回只等電腦哥哥正式certify其已死亡事實,在公司也沒以前那麼多餘暇寫,很多東西想寫但只能放在人腦中等待自然熱情冷卻不了了之的感覺,着實不太好受。在家中沒有電腦用反而沒有中想像中那麼難熬,沒能每天追看淫照也未有造成很大失落(對於是次事件,我只可以說再一次反映了普遍香港人的道德標準太過落後,而且批判能力極低--大佬呀問題不在於應不應該拍那種照片又或者哪個藝人虛偽扮天真吧!是不是搞錯問題重點了?),卻再一次讓我架起丟在一旁的畫架,在無人的客廳中央正襟危坐的繼續畫那幅未畫完的油畫,對比色和層層疊疊的油彩讓我在十度以下的寒冷天氣下仍感到興奮,重新找回畫油畫的樂趣。李師奶常說我做事沒有恆心,我一向否認,除了是因為某程度上不喜歡被人這麼說,我基本上認為自己可以熱誠可以鍥而不捨,只不過是我的興趣比較多樣,很少會有一件事情能夠長期獨佔我的注意力和熱情而已,然當真有那麼一件大事重要得甚麼都比不上的時候,任誰要阻撓或分散我的注意力都是不可能的,就像之前寫《91a》時那樣。不過最近又被人說我不夠堅持,又或者我是時候找回那曾經無法冷卻的熱誠了吧。

又下班了--起碼要到下星期上班時才能再寫,因此先在此記下遲些要補寫的:

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Novel vs Musical vs Film)
Kite Runner (Novel vs Film)
Annie Hall (Film & Fashion)
其他雜項

PS 明天去看藝術節的Swan Lake,希望不會睡着

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