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The Daily Sketch: Norms (attempting to) do ballet

Ballet fever is in the air, well at least in my house, following Monday night’s Royal Ballet double bill spectacular The Dream/ Song of the Earth. Which got me thinking, what would happen if Norms danced the ballet? Well, the limitations are rather obvious. Unlike the sculpted muscular form of the human dancers, the use of which was applied to startling artistic effect in Song of the Earth, Norms are just blobby. This is fine for bouncing across the stage, and with one arm and wide eyes, they can even add a little dramatic expression into their dance. But as far as en pointe goes, the best a Norm can do is try to make themselves pointed… though the trouble then is they begin to resemble a spinning top rather than a ballerina, and we know what happens to the spinning top once it comes to the end of its revolutions. Oh well, you can’t say that the Norms don’t try. Here they are in the attempt, complete with a melodious Norm orchestra and a energetic Norm-ballet lift.

Ballerina Norm (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen on paper)

The Norm-ballet lift (2012 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen on paper)

I’m off to live in the real world now. Until next time!

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gillian Brown #

    Love the orchestra members

    March 7, 2012
  2. wow, they r playing flutes :D, how comes?

    March 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Well norms do have mouths – you just can’t see them. They appear only when necessary, like a footprint in wet sand, the flat surface reforming again at the next fall of a wave. And I do believe their flutes are specially adapted so that they can be played with one hand only, much like a trumpet 😉 Thanks for reading my blog!!

      March 8, 2012
  3. millie #

    Pointed Norm! Haha

    March 7, 2012

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