Ballerina Performs En Pointe with Knife Shoes

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There’s a lump in my throat as I watch this delicate yet dangerous balancing act. En Puntas is a video installation by artist Javier Pérez featuring Ballerina Amélie Ségarra performing en pointe atop a grand piano, wearing a customized set of pointe shoes fixed with a pair of sharp kitchen knives.

It is a performance so anguishing to watch that all I can wonder is ‘Are we really billing this as art?’

Segarra gasps during the video while trying to maintain her balance. As she steadies herself she leaves purposeful long scrapes across the piano with the blades.

The intensity of her performance can’t be overlooked, when she cries out in pain, you want this already short performance to end that much sooner. It is her strength and perseverance amongst such difficulty that compels you to continue on.

[Pérez] says that the performance reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.”

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Ballerina Performs En Pointe with Knife Shoes

You can watch the video here

Via My Modern Met
IMAGE CREDIT: JAVIER PEREZ