More on perfection in ‘Black Swan’

Black swans seem to have a bad reputation!

Yesterday I pondered perfection as a manmade concept.

Today I heard another angle in the the movie ‘Black Swan’ – a movie that is both beautiful and disturbing. thriller

In the story, the company director hasn’t yet made his decision on who will play the dual role of White Swan and Black Swan in his production of Swan Lake. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, as the most technically correct dancer in the troupe, is the obvious choice – but – in his eyes, she lacks the passion needed the Black Swan. He says to her:

“Perfection is not about control. It is about letting go.”

I agree.

It is. The ‘letting go’ is what marks the difference between the perfect technical performance, which most artists at the top of their game can do, and the performance with all that – plus heart.

‘Letting go’ is the hardest thing to do.


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