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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Friday, December 03, 2004

ALICIA MARKOVA, R.I.P.

In a world disfigured by war, conflict, and betrayal, it is right to pause at the death of Alicia Markova and let ourselves be reminded that grace, beauty, and style are present in our midst.

Alicia Markova was the world's best ballerina in the formal and classic style of ballet. She lived to be 94 years old, giving us many years of herself. When she danced, she brought enthusiasm and grace and freshness to the roles she portrayed.

A word of "thank you" now would echo loudly as a protest to the darkness of our present-day world.

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