John Cusack, ballet fan 1

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john cusack  It was not possible to miss actor John Cusack hanging out in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion lobby during intermission at the Joffrey Ballet last night. He’s quite tall, his broad face is totally open and familiar, and his coloring is vivid: jet black hair against pale white skin. He’s striking and artistic looking.

I chatted with him briefly, asking what drew him to the ballet. Turns out that Cusack, who ports a strong intellectual bent, is a huge “Rite of Spring” guy. Loving the music and fascinated by the 1913 Stravinsky riots, he ventured to Bunker Hill to see the performance.

In conversation Cusack called Modris Ekstein’s “Rites of Spring: The Great War and Birth of the Modern Age” a tome of importance. Like, it’s his favorite book. He has a bead on how the Nijinsky ballet, whose premiere turned Paris on its ear, represented a clear breaking point from the old world into modernism. This theme was made abundantly clear all afternoon at the Music Center’s excellent “Rite of Spring” symposium.

The actor mentioned that the subject got woven into his film, “Max.”

On a less purely intellectual basis, he mentioned that he also enjoys looking at the Joffrey Ballet’s pretty girls.

John Cusack, welcome to the dance world. Loved seeing you and thanks for the chat.

Read our “Rite of Spring” review here.

One comment on “John Cusack, ballet fan

  1. Carole Valleskey Feb 5,2013 10:39 pm

    When I was dancing working on and performing “Rite of Spring” with the Joffrey, I too, was intrigued by Modris Ekstein’s book. At the time (1987) I wrote to him telling him about the Joffrey re-construction of the original work and we had a wonderful correspondance about it. He was intrigued and wanted to see it. Wonder if he ever did.

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