After all that New World Order insanity, I needed something light. So here it is, cats ringing the dinner bell.
So after yesterday’s post I decided to look more into the Poppy persona and landed into a whole bunch of insanity. Her videos are at once satirical of the “magical” imagery that is splashed all over our culture and yet seems sincere in its usage.
Of course after watching any Poppy video, you will right away learn about a woman who called herself Mars Argo. Which is was also the name of her band with partner Titanic Sinclair. Titanic Sinclair is also the manager of Poppy. In various Poppy videos there are arcane shout outs to the Mars Argo past. The back story is murky and so many stories are floating around it makes one’s head spin. I’m in the camp that this is all a conceptual marketing/studio band deal and what we see is self made mythology.
I liked Ravel while growing up as a music student. What I didn’t know then (that I do now) was that he was into Gnosticism, Alchemy, Kabbalah, Witchcraft and Luciferianism. These obsessions he shared with a great many famous musicians, artists and writers of the time into present day. The widdershins magic can be heard in his most famous piece “Bolero”. Kabbalah, in particular, is very much about musical tones and how they evoke the names of God, the angels, and even demons. “Bolero” seems to be an early experiment in a kind of MK ULTRA programming (before there was an MK ULTRA), which is akin to a practice called Neuro-linguistic Programming. The creators of this practice even equate it to magic. Indeed it is also one of the building blocks of Stanislavki’s method. In one “acting exercise”, two people face each other and just repeat the same observations of one another until something “new” happens. Supposedly it was supposed to make you AWARE of your partner and surroundings. It was really something else altogether and I knew it when I was in the acting scene. I mean, constantly repeating “You are wearing a Blue Shirt” to your acting partner is anything but acting. So you can imagine my surprise at the confirmation I received when I saw these same type of exercises listed in Franz Bardon’s “Initiation into Hermetics”
I’ll have to look into the musical structure of Bolero’s repeating theme to build an hypothesis on what “name” is being repeated in his one line of repeating music.
Anyway, upon its debut it disturbed its audience quite a bit. One story even told of a woman falling into a panic attack and screaming, “He is mad! Ravel is mad!”.
That is how I felt when watching POPPY. All the same old tricks that Ravel used over a hundred years ago now remade anew.
You can read an interesting interpretation of the Poppy phenomenon HERE at Vigilant Citizen.
She has over 50 videos much like the one above, repeating lines in a magical fashion and in general being wacky. But nothing she does is new. As we can see the occultists who infect our culture have been doing the same junk since 1900s and earlier.
NYCB released a bit of footage of Sterling Hyltin’s delightful Aurora. She is fast with gentle, rounded port de bras. I hope some company takes note of her triumph and casts her as a guest star in a proper BIG production of this classic.
— New York City Ballet (@nycballet) February 16, 2017
On Valentine’s Day, Sarah Lane gave fans a quick peek into her Giselle rehearsal with Daniil Simkin. This looks to be an exciting debut. Not only a great debut but an interesting interpretation of the ballet.
Simkin looks to be playing Albrecht as a bit of a cad. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ballet where the role is played in that fashion. Albrecht is always the wishy washy, wet noodle who gets himself into trouble. It’s quite different when the character is shown to be trouble, looking for trouble and focused on seducing Giselle. On the other side, I never saw the ballet as a sexual awakening on the part of Giselle. But it is. When adding these elements into the ballet, it makes the ballet itself pop into focus. It also shows the character Hilarion not to be such a bad guy with a stalker problem but someone genuinely concerned for Giselle’s well being.
Rehearsing this little #lovestory with @daniil ❤ Happy Valentines Day to all of you! I hope you look around and recognize all of the beautiful people and things in your life, whether obvious or not, perfect or not, that make your heart full. #giselle #albrecht #ballet #partnership #love #valentinesday
This is so geeky but I had to share it. Blizzard entertainment made their own hour long version of the yule log but with all the Christmas carols sung by Murlocs. So funny.
Another recent song I’m listening to until it breaks on my Ipod. Love the Banjo music. This video is also incredibly goofy. 😀
I’ve never seen a polished dancer, ready for professional Principal status at such a young age until now. Lee Soo Bin is only 18 years old and already she has a definitive Giselle for this decade. She is definitely a superstar in the making. The video below is her performance at the Vaganova Gala. The audience was in hysterics and if a dancer can make discerning Russian ballet fans hysterical…she is truly something special.
Joy Womack acquits herself quite well against superstars Cornejo and Kochetkova. I’m excited she was able to dance with them both.
Incidentally, Cornejo is not dancing in ABT’s fall season. Which is a bit of a disappointment since they are performing Prodigal Son. Anyway he looks perfect in this clip. I’ve read around the ballet sites that some are speculating that he will take early retirement from ABT and then just do the touring circuit, working with different choreographers and branching out into more modern dance styles. Alot of dancers have done it. It adds a few more performing years into a dancer’s career by forgoing a punishing ballet company schedule that is harder on older dancers.
I suppose we will know one way or the other soon enough.