Friday, January 26, 2007

Love in motion


I've been watching bits of the European Championships of Figure Skating in Warsaw, in utter amazement - in fact, you could find me sitting on the sofa either smiling like a lunatic or with my mouth ajar in disbelief.

The most fascinating event is when they dance in pairs. This has to be the most romantic sport in the world! Until now I hadn't quite grasped the beauty of ballet or any sort of dance but I noticed that 'this beauty' was in ice-skating too and, for the first time, I saw it ...


- the constant movement, the dramatic expression in the dancers' faces and their every gesture, the way they seem to be in a constant chase of each other, never ceasing to touch one another, in what seems like a race against time. And that is the time they have to express their emotions, with the help of a song that most of the times fits everything so perfectly.

I was truly mesmerized. Still am. Figure Skating - the sport of lovers - with the glitter of fairy dreams.

12 comments:

Chloe said...

i can watch for hours too. i like it for the grace and charm but i also think there is great suspense. I always fear they are going to fall :)

Ps said...

It fascinates me too.Of course there are hours and hours of sweat and practice that we dont see.

[eric] said...

Cool. Someone else besides my Ma who likes figure skating.

DayByDay4-2Day said...

Lately I've been watching ballroom dancing.

Sophie said...

It's so poetic and my stomach
just lurches when they stumble:(

kimananda said...

It's the combination of romance and artistry that does it. The strength and control doesn't hurt either. It's one of the best sports to watch, I think.

Devil Mood said...

Chloe: Yes, me too! And I yelp when they fall, it hurts.

PS: I can't even imagine. Every little detail must take tons of practice. It's all so precise!

Eric: I'm sure your Ma knows what she's doing. It's so entertaining :)

Day: Oh, that's nice too, but I like the furious pace of figure skating.

Sophie: It's like a broken record when they fall, what a scare!

Kimananda: I forgot to mention the balance in my post, but that's probably the word I'd chose first to describe what it takes. It must be so hard. But lovely :)

holy chaos said...

i love to watch figure skating,too. It is so amazing...athletic and poetic

dharmabum said...

never watched it live...

but the couple of times when i got to seeing it in TV (don't do that too much either!), i was in AWE...

in awe of the heights of perfection aimed by human beings - we get a kick out of achieving such unbelievable things, don't we?

Devil Mood said...

Holychaos: it's a perfect combination of those two!

Dharmabum: I watched Holiday on Ice once when I was little, which was like a musical on ice. I was mesmerized. I think that's exactly it - it's so unbelievably perfect. :)

Niall Young said...

I've been watching too!..I once met a Ballet dancer..it was as if her body gave off a sort of invisible atmospheric lubrication..she seemed to move more effortlessly and with more grace than you thought possible.You want to think it comes from bathing in an enchanted pool high on a holy mountain..but alas..it is sheer bloody hard work, determnation, drive and dicipline to the point of excluding all else.I therefore sit in awe!!!!!

Devil Mood said...

Niall: What a great comment and story...hehehe I see what you mean, it's very true!