Showing posts from January, 2011

A Perspective of Perfection

After writing a post about the Black Swan I thought about all the different themes of the movie.  I wanted my niece, Ashley's thoughts on the movie, The Black Swan and the psycological impact is has on the prima ballerina. 
After the movie, I did not have anyone to talk about it to. I saw this movie, with my son's girlfriend. She is in her early 20's.  Both of us were speechless.

The movie, was very bizarre, violent, because of perfection, and competitiveness of being a prima ballerina.  There are stresses in a public life of the movie actors.  But, it is very different in the ballet world. Where the dance, and body image are the most important in a ballerina's life.

It took me a couple days to digest and marinate the movie.  After a few days, I spoke to my niece, Ashley Solomon. Ashley holds a  Psy.D.
B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton
Masters and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Xavier University.
She works with clients with eating disorders, in a pr…

My Thoughts on The Black Swan

The Black Swan is about a ballerina, Nina, played by Natalie Portman. She won the role as Prima ballerina for Swan Lake.  She was chosen for the role as the lead ballerina for the "Black Swan", in Tchaivosky's Swan Lake. That is where the problem begins, with the competitveness of the other dancers.

There are many emotions of joy, sadness, madness, and sexual awakening,jealousy, and the competitiveness being #1, being perfect without any flaws, that is explored in this movie.

If you are not open minded, you will most likely not enjoy seeing this movie. The movie goes over the top, and explores emotions you would not typiclly see in a major production.  This movie, is independent ,it went past the boundaries.

First off, I love cultural events, and of course ballet is in that catagory.  That said, you can imagine it grabbed me from the start.   Swan Lake, was my first , and favorite balllet I saw at the MET in NYC, with Barishnowkov.  A famous male ballet dancer in Russia…