As you global population grows, so apparantly does our isolation from nature, and each other. 200,000 move from the country to a city each day
Over half global the population now lives in a city
Electronic connection (email, twitter, txt) rises inexorably
Whilst western children speak to each other less and then less face to face.
“The power of population is infinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man” (Reverend Malthus)
Ironic, that as we crowd closer we live more separately (it seems to me).
A buzzing and packed Sadler’s Wells gathered to witness Sergei Polunin’s last performance in London (after his shock resignation from the Royal Ballet earlier in the week). There were notable gaps, for instance Andrei Merkuriev – absent because of visa difficulties. The programme was unbalanced, more circus than ballet. A box of different flavoured chocolates, rather than the themed banquet that we expected.
That said, some wonderful performances, individual but gorgeous. Igor Kolb in a workmanlike Le Spectre de la Rose, the most notable pink in his “bonnet de bain”. Polunin dazzling, powerful – a stallion, but with tenderness and feather touch in Narcisse (who chose this piece?). Ivan Putrov controlled and expressive both in Ithaka and Dance of the Blessed Spirits.
The work that will transform lives though was Afterlight (Part One). Daniel Proietto drew us with liquid grace to discover unsuspected emotions. The music of Satie forever transformed. The rest of the programme executed Men in Motion, this piece expressed the movement of mankind.