Saturday, March 12, 2011

From Yevgenii Zamyatin's "We":

Record Two
Keywords: Ballet. Quadratic Harmony. X.
[...]
And then I thought to myself: why? Is this beautiful? Why is this dance beautiful? The answer: because it is non-free movement, because the whole profound point of this dance lies precisely in its absolute, aesthetic subordination, its perfect non-freedom. If indeed our our ancestors were prone to dancing at the most inspired moments of their lives (religious mysteries, military parades), then all this can only mean one thing: the instinct for non-freedom.

(Natasha Randall translation)

2 comments:

Richard said...

I have no comment.

Lemming Master said...

This doesn't have any context because it was just a holder for a comment on another blog having to do with the deceptive use of the word "harmony" to mean "conformity."