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There’s nothing more personal and universal at the same time as human body. My arm is mine but also it is a human’s arm. I know it’s mine in every individual aspect but it also belongs to the mutual human body heritage that follows it’s own laws. Modern ballet is probably the best example of such dualism. Dancers often expose their naked bodies to the audience in order to escape that private image and extend it beyond our personal limitations simply to reveal these most apparent, however often unnoticed, laws. Present them as universal to all of us. What are these laws than and why do we need them? Well, we know exactly this world we live in and how full of sexual references it is. Media create that sort of image for commercial purposes all the time. Whole range of products and services is being released every day to intensify that aspect. From that perspective human body lost it’s dignity and asexual sense. And that’s exactly what dancers on the scene try to show in their performance. They take us away in the journey from that awry commercialised image into the other scope of perception that ultimately has power to free us.

Nagisa Shirai in Ballet Prelocaj production at Sadler's Wells in 2002

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