Just a lovely name for a ballet guy

Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied resigns from Opera de Paris after just one year

I might have mentioned this before but there’s something almost Sir Pterry about that, isn’t there?

9 thoughts on “Just a lovely name for a ballet guy”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    So there are heterosexual male ballet dancers. Perhaps people were jealous because he was married to Ms Portman?

    Purists were also unhappy when he rechristened in the name of political correctness the original “dance of the little negroes” in the 19th century ballet La Bayadère “the dance of the children” and forbade the young dancers to black up their faces.

    Yes. That is a tough one isn’t it? Is the ballet any less offensive because it has a different name? Is the world any better if the dancers don’t black-up?

    I think if he doesn’t like it he should go.

  2. “So there are heterosexual male ballet dancers”

    A father of a school friend was a ballet dancer for Scottish Ballet. She used to get teased about her dad being a weedy poof. That stopped after she showed a video of him lifting two ballerinas, one on each arm.

  3. Perhaps people were jealous because he was married to Ms Portman?

    That’s as good a reason to be jealous as any. Not on the same level as my envy of whoever is banging Maria Sharapova, but envy nonetheless.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    GlenDorran – “That stopped after she showed a video of him lifting two ballerinas, one on each arm.”

    Well that doesn’t sound too impressive. Ballerinas don’t eat or anything. Two prop forwards, now that would be impressive.

    Tim Newman – “That’s as good a reason to be jealous as any. Not on the same level as my envy of whoever is banging Maria Sharapova, but envy nonetheless.”

    I don’t know. I agree with you about Ms Sharapova – if you don’t mind moody depressive nutcases as one friend married to a Russian put it. But Ms Portman looks a little high maintenance to me. Besides, I could hardly refrain from commenting on her work. Like “That Starwars thing then, what the f**k were you thinking?” After a while she might get tired of that.

  5. To be fair, she signed up for Star Wars when she was still in her teens. And she wasn’t to know the script writers were going to turn her independent kick-ass character into a weepy clingy mess.

  6. I don’t know. I agree with you about Ms Sharapova – if you don’t mind moody depressive nutcases as one friend married to a Russian put it.

    Not all Russian women are moody, depressive nutcases but a lot of them are. I was rather hoping Masha would be one who was not. She seems to smile a lot, anyway.

    But Ms Portman looks a little high maintenance to me. Besides, I could hardly refrain from commenting on her work. Like “That Starwars thing then, what the f**k were you thinking?” After a while she might get tired of that.

    True. And she also might misinterpret what you say about her performance in Leon and call you a pervert.

  7. SMFS,

    “But Ms Portman looks a little high maintenance to me”

    She’d be shagging a richer bloke than Millepied if she was. I think it was Mark Wadsworth who pointed out that successful actresses sometimes marry hot blokes who aren’t necessarily high earners because they can afford to. They can select a man solely on looks/shagging ability.

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