Monday, March 29, 2010

Think the ballet dancer in the back got fired, much?


Yeah, me too.

24 comments:

NoLongerBlind said...

Yeah, but he/she went out with a flourish!

DJP said...

My very thoughts.

I'm thinking DAOD and BSIL won't be so amused, though....

/c:|

winsomebulldog said...

Drunk, maybe? LOL!

ReformedArsenal said...

What does this have to do with Biblical Christianity?

Herding Grasshoppers said...

And not a moment too soon.

When you think of the hours (weeks, months) of effort that people put into a performance, just for somebody to do that...

Ack.

Fred Butler said...

What does this have to do with Biblical Christianity?

I think you can take it down a notch there. Christians can laugh, can't they?

SandMan said...

Probably just the uncultured swine in me... but I rather preferred the background over the foreground dancers.

DJP said...

I think Julie is right: unless it was planned, it was bad and self-indulgent of the guy/gal to do what he did.





...but, sadly, I also agree with Sandman. It cracked me up. More's the pity for me. Rachael (DAOD) got all the cultcha from her upbringing, thanks to her mom.

Brad Williams said...

Yeah, this was probably funny to the folks in the ballet like it would be funny for a pastor if a kid did a cannoball into the baptistry during service.

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Bizarre. On the one hand, the ballet is obviously a ballet and not a circus. On the other hand, did those costumes not look rather comical? (What ballet was that, anyway?)

And now, to put it into a Biblical context: Romans 12:1-21. Not only did this dancer NOT do what he was supposed to do, but he brought attention to himself, and likely was thinking more highly of himself than he ought, as it says in Romans 12:3 that one should not do. And he wasn't doing his part as a rat guard dancer guy, but was doing his own thing, lacking in humility and not giving preference to his fellow dancers in superior position than his own. Some of the onlookers were entertained and even rejoiced at his shenanigans, while others were probably outraged and scandalized by it. And our Christian faith is daily on display to a watching world. May we all be faithful to the steps that have been ordained for us, or else get canned. Thank you for the thoughtful reminder Dan!

(verification word: "playe")

DJP said...

Oh my gosh, now I'm feeling guilty for laughing.

Partly I feel free to laugh because I don't know the context. But I'll be told that it's hard to envision a context in which that behavior is all right, which will be a good point....

Brad Williams said...

Dan,

It is hard to envision a context where this behavior would be acceptable.

(Just wanted to make a good point for once. (c; )

DJP said...

Yeah. Good thing I didn't title it "Model Behavior for All Performers," and include the comment "I hope my kids grow up just like that guy," eh?

But you go ahead. I don't think that horse is moving.

NoLongerBlind said...

Well, Mr/Ms. ReformedArsenal, here's what this has to do with Biblical Christianity:

It's an excellent depiction of how not to model Philippians 2:3-4 - type behavior.

There. Satisfied?

(o;

SolaMommy said...

I've never liked ballet. I LOL'd ;-)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh for heaven's sake...

I did laugh, too... a little ;)

It's from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

The costumes are bizarre... the story is bizarre. (It's all a little girl's dream, and is set - and performed - at Christmas time.) You should see the one up here, in Seattle. The costumes and sets are all by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are).

I just felt bad. As a very amateur performer myself, I begin to understand what goes into something like that.

I see the guy hamming it up in the back and I think, selfish.

My husband has some friends from college that never got beyond the "party-hardy" days. I remember one of them describing a time she and friends went (ironically) to the Nutcracker completely drunk. She laughed about how goofy they all were and how they upset all the "uptight" audience around them.

I had the same reaction to her. The Nutcracker is especially popular with families and children, and tickets aren't cheap. For many people it's a Big Event for the family. So, if you don't appreciate it... don't ruin it for others.

And... I do have a sense of humor :D

dwitzke said...

That reminds me of a school Christmas pageant where some kid unilaterally decides to do his/her own program. That is pretty much expected to happen with small children. But it is horribly arrogant and selfish for an adult! I wondered if he/she was on drugs, although drunk may be a possibility. The work thing would be if it was just arrogance.

DJP said...

Most. Hated. Post. Ever.

Gosh... is it bedtime yet?

Rabbit said...

I'll confess to being pretty amused by the antics, but I also felt awful for the two soloists dancing the pas de deux. As the audience laughed, they had to have been wondering what the joke was, and whether the audience was laughing at them. It's a testimony to their professionalism that they just continued their performance.

Fred Butler said...

I laughed a lot at this, by the way. I wish there would be more of this happening at the Hollywood Bowl.

Merrilee Stevenson said...

Dan,

LOL at this comment thread, my own head in my hands. I apologize for the sermonette. I was really trying to be a little bit witty. Probably due to my lack of blog posts at my own place! But thank you for making this rainy spring break Tuesday a little more interesting.

Sir Aaron said...

I thought it was hilarious, Dan. I laughed at the other person in the back who was looking at him like "What are you doing?"

ReformedArsenal: Love your blog. I absorbed every iota of it, especially the "about me" section. Sheer awesomeness.

Susan said...

I remember once attending a youth ballet program, in which very young girls were also included. As the youngsters came filing out in their cute little tutus, one of them (no more than 3 years old, I would say) suddenly focused her attention on one particular area in the theater. Her eyes lit up with happy recognition of her loved ones, her chubby little hand waved toward them, her mouth shaped like an "O" as if to begin to say, "Ohhhhhhh!!! Hi!!!!!" The audience cracked up in adoring amusement. She was just too cute. :)

DJP said...

BTW, ReformedArsenal, if you're still around: you can read a full explanation of the name and concerns of this blog right here.