Javier Pérez: En Puntas (2013)
Video installation of variable measurements comprising:
Sculpture: pointe shoes, stainless steel knives
Video projection: HD blu-ray, with sound, screened on a wall
A ballerina, whose pointe shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives, dances and twirls insistently until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano set on a stage. The theatre with its red velvet warm lighting, resembles an oversized music box. The camera turns around the dancer revealing the opposite side of the room: an empty and painfully bare theatre.
The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes.
Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.
The video is actually terrifying omg
THAT IS COOL.
Ballerinas are the most underrated athletes.
GUYS SHE IS SPINNING ON HER TOE.
ALL HER WEIGHT ON HER TOE.
THIS PERSON UNDERSTANDS BALLET <3
It’s actually pretty sad how ballerinas are portrayed. They’re always portrayed as dainty, girly, and dare I say fragile. In reality ballerinas are the most hardcore athletes ever.
They train for hours upon hours for weeks. Every practice they do is an intense workout almost to the scale of training for olympic athletes.
They have to be extremely precise, accurate, graceful, strong, disciplined, and flexible and the goal is to make it look easy.
The amount of dedication and gut it takes to be a ballerina is much higher than that of a football player.
There is so much more that I could say about this but I’m tired so I’ll leave it at that.