Sunday, December 24

Dancing Down the Years

"The bravest thing a dancer can do is grow old. Dancers exist in a world in which youth is overly prized, and in which the window for a body to maintain its flexibility and speed gradually closes — until the day it seems to slam shut. The body’s deterioration is real for everyone, but dancers better than others grasp how imperceptible shifts weaken the greater whole. Growing old is not for the weak, but dancing old is grit incarnate. 'The reason I’ve been able to dance for so long,' Gus Solomons Jr., 79, said, 'is absolute willpower.' Mr. Solomons, Douglas Dunn, Eiko Otake and Brenda Bufalino are the subjects of this exploration of dancers and the aging body. ..."
NY Times (Video)

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