Aurélie Dupont is a well known French ballet dancer who performed with the Paris Opera Ballet as an Étoile. She is now the director of dance for the Paris Opera Ballet.
In an interview she says that in one day, as she was working under the direction of Pina Bausch, the German choreographer told her :
“Okay, you’re a very tough woman, you’re a very tough dancer, but I’m sure you’re very sensitive, and that’s why I chose you, and I want you to show me this. Because your strength, your force—I don’t care. I want to see your heart.”
Aurélie shortened it for the magazine’s interview :
“Do you know why I chose you? For your weaknesses. This is what I want to see of you”.
Oh my, this is a good seed, right?
The main question is :
What is the balance, in Pina’s brain, between
- I really want to see her weaknesses
- I have to say this to her, as a coach, to crack her toughness as an ambitious dancer.
This leads to another set of questions :
What is this state, when you’re almost at the point “to discover yourself”? What do you need, then? Another person? An accident, something which stops you until you discover your last step? A sentence you read somewhere, or hear? A friend? A surprise?
When you’re tough, hard with yourself, with the goal to be flawless, why do you always meet a point where you realize it’s a wrong way up?
Why do I always go back to this pattern, which is : when you’re stuck, your next path is maybe to find and develop ANOTHER FACET of you, which is often the contrary of you?
Mme Dupont was tough and very good. But Pina revealed something to her : you’re great, but now show us that you’re weak too, that you have a heart under your perfection.
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