Flute-player and Dancing-girl
Attic red-figure-kylix (interior)
Two Women Dancing
Attic terracotta statuette
|Greek colonial culture|
Capuan terracotta statuette
|attributed to Pietro Angeletti|
Ancient Relief of Dancing Warriors in the Vatican Museums
drawing (Charles Townley collection)
|Charles Townley (collector)|
Ancient Intaglio with Maenad and Satyrs Dancing
|Robert Brooke Utting after C.W. King|
Dancer from Antique Gem
wood-engraving (book illustration)
Dancing Female Classical Figure
|Stefano della Bella|
Costume Study for Female Dancer
from The Seasons Change
It is very early.
She was not prepared to make the concessions her métier demanded.
The seasons change,
and with each season
it is the duty of fashion to render the body suppliant,
and to the woman living there
convince her she must spare
nothing: she must warp her anatomy as fashion says
for her own is wrong.
Every day and in every way
breath goes down in fire, long-waisted and vibrantly responsive,
while air carves up ars erotica.
It is the duty of fashion to reinvent fire, irony, stone, and air,
for anatomy is captive.
* * *
"In thunder, lightning, or in rain,"
fashion charges anatomy to depart its condition, its space.
Why, in this atmosphere,
do we not blame the technologies of the sartorially ingenious?
This in hasty atmosphere.
The seasons went.
The lives in which we live become insolvent.
And they went down slowly, then fast.
Human and restless,
seasons never cease to amaze us for their versatility.
– Marjorie Welish, from The Windows Flew Open (1991)
Dame en habit de Ballet
Homme en habit de Ballet
|Gérard Jean-Baptiste Scotin II|
Mademoiselle Auretti (ballet dancer)
|Christian Benjamin Glassbach|
Mdlle. Denis (ballet dancer)
|Johann Friedrich Lück|
Figure of Male Ballet Dancer for Frankenthal Porcelain Factory