In ballet, actually in all dance, actions really do speak louder than words.
What exposition–i.e. story ballets– there is is spelled out in movement. There will be no exclamation of rights and wrongs; no one will make a declaration of love. At least not in so many words.
There may be a sudden gambol, a leap, a plié, a grand jeté, a dip, a swirl, but no one will burst into song or speeches.
The quiet, except for music, and in the case of the New York City Ballet–always live music, is contemplative. We are mesmerized by the movement, and immersed in the excitement of motion.
Live music is also featured at Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, starting its spring New York season at the David H. Koch on March 16th (through April 3rd.) Leaping–almost flying through air– is de rigeur for the PTAMD.
Dance is action. It is dramatic, dynamic and animated.
We are witnesses to the buoyancy, exuberance and vivacity of the dancers. While we are watching them, the dance is all we need to know, to hear.
This just in from PTAMD:
March 15, 2016, at 7pm has been added to the New York season, and every seat at the David H. Koch Theater for PTAMD’s kickoff night is priced at just $5. The featured dances are Mercuric Tidings (1982), Dilly Dilly (2016), and Esplanade (1975). March 15 tickets will go on sale on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. If you miss this opportunity for a gift of dance, there will still be tickets for the rest of the season as low as $10. On the other hand, tickets for the gala on March 16th are still available at $1000, $2500, or $5000.