Thoughts From University: On The Nature of Knowledge

Thoughts From University: On The Nature of Knowledge

Knowledge: “This indeed is but a temporal object, and a transitory possession; but so are other things in themselves which we make much of and pursue. The moralist will tell us that man, in all his functions, is but a flower which blossoms and fades, except so far as a higher principle breathes upon him, and makes him and what he is immortal. Body and mind are carried on into an eternal state of being by the gifts of Divine Munificence; but at first they do but fail in a failing world;
We attain to heaven by using this world well, though it is to pass away; we perfect our nature, not by undoing it, but by adding to it what is more than nature, and directing it towards aims higher than its own.”

John Henry Newman’s “The Idea of a University,” published in 1852
Researching for an essay, struck by these profound words…

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Thoughts From The Barre: Joyful Nuts

Thoughts From The Barre: Joyful Nuts for Nut

How many ballet masters does it take to cast a Nutcracker? That’s right, at least six!!
Auditions for Francis Patrelle’s “Yorkville Nutcracker” this weekend, at Ballet Academy East.

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Excited dancers, a multitude
Weather worn, tarnished task
also the beginning of a journey…
polished heart.

As my husband said about a little one’s beaming smile, “You can’t put a price on that kind of joy.” Sometimes the price is just showing up. Joy is effortless, courage often required…

“God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.”
Franz Kafka

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Thoughts From The Barre: Grace

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Grey skies, a faint smell of coffee and sound of rain: project “back into the pointe shoes” is under way this morning…

“In life as in dance: grace glides on blistered feet.”
Alice Abrams

Intention must be there, but grace is effortless. It is waiting, why not let some in…

Vast September Horizon

Vast September Horizon

HORIZON
a : the apparent junction of earth and sky
b : the great circle on the celestial sphere formed by the intersection of the celestial sphere with a plane tangent to the earth’s surface at an observer’s position
c : range of perception or experience
d : something that might be attained

“We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. ”
William Faulkner

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“New Beginnings”: Profound Images > Words

ART AT IT’S BEST:
“New York City Ballet presents NEW BEGINNINGS on September 12, 2013. Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home.”

MUSIC
Spiegel Im Spiegel by Arvo Part
with kind permission of Universal Edition AG Vienna
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.

CHOREOGRAPHY
After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon

DANCERS
Maria Kowroski
Ask la Cour

VIDEO
Directed by Davi Russo
Edited by Tim Zeigler
Produced by Radical Media
Executive Produced by Gregg Carlesimo
Executive Produced by Maya Brewster
Produced by Logan Luchsinger

Developed in collaboration with DDB New York
© 2013 New York City Ballet, Inc.

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Thoughts from the Barre (And Vineyard): Between

Thoughts from the Barre (And Vineyard): Between

Can you move forwards and backwards at the same time? This is where perfectly balanced movement and mind live, in between. Just like the grape vines, if they are not carefully placed and pruned for space, they will grow wild and unbalanced. Thus competing for the sun and not producing good fruit. Produce YOUR fruit in the space between!

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Wolffer Estate Winery, Long Island

Wolffer Estate, Long Island

“If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night”
-D.H. Lawrence

“Wine is bottled poetry.”
-ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Visiting the expansive Wolffer Estate Winery yesterday on a mesmerizingly beautiful day, drinking blue sky and floating amidst the vines. One could nearly live on sunshine, but certainly with the addition of these daintily ripening grapes and salty cheeses. Clear stand outs: The 2010 Landius Pinto Noir (complex, mineral) and just about to be released Dry Rose Cider (“a reflection of soft summer sunsets…and the bohemian spirit that resides in everyone”). A destination to fortify the artistic soul and senses with friends…bottled poetry and heaven on earth!

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