“Behind This Curtain”

[photo credit: David Martínez]

The Denver Museum of Contemporary Art held an exhibit devoted to the ballet last spring, which included this installation in which one could enter the otherworldliness of Western Civilization’s most refined dancing tradition. Whereas much of humankind’s dances were choreographed for either religious ceremonies or social occasions, which people from all segments of the community could learn, the ballet is the epitome of dance as fine art, one which only an elite corps of dancers can perform well, not to mention meeting the athletic and skilled artistry it demands. As for my photograph, I happened upon this scene as I wandered around the museum galleries. The woman inside sat quietly and alone, completely immersed in the world hidden behind the green curtain. I couldn’t help but imagine her to be a former ballerina vicariously reliving a long ago sense of elation.


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