Of Nutcrackers and Linebackers
It's that time of year again, when every ballet school in America trots its young students on stage for their production of "The Nutcracker." For that reason, it's also the time of year when journalists like myself struggle for anything new to say about this old chestnut.
A couple of years ago, I took a stab, after attending a performance here in Missoula, MT. I figured it'd be a good opportunity to talk about some of the cultural issues surrounding the choice of a ballet over a ballgame. As much as anything, it's a salvo aimed at those who unwisely believe that the things that are meaningful to them are somehow more important than the things that are meaningful to others.
I happened to come across that column today while looking back in our newspaper's archives for something else entirely, and thought I'd share.
The 'savage ballet'
Football and other sports mimic art more than some care to admit
By JOE NICKELL of the Missoulian
Last Friday, I watched a team of young people cap a season of intense practice with a remarkable performance. It was a spectacle of physical artistry: They leapt, they spun, they flipped and flung. Girls in extremely short skirts gleefully vaulted around, while muscular guys in extremely tight pants demonstrated acrobatic skills and deft moves that drew spontaneous cheers from the crowd.
Meantime, someplace else, the University of Montana lost its national championship football game.
For the rest of this article, please click through to the Missoulian archive.
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