City.ballet.” Recap: Episode 10, “Finale
All good things must come to an end, and this is the (relative) end of “city.ballet.”—though the entire season will continue to live online, for your repeated viewing pleasure. In classic wrap-up style, several of the New York City Ballet dancers talk about their non-ballet interests, stressing the need to have a life outside of the theater to maintain sanity and even improve personal artistry. Ashley Bouder is in school, pursuing a degree in political science; Georgina Pazcoguin has her real estate license; Sara Mearns is learning to be a true New Yorker; Megan Fairchild talks about wanting to start a family. If anything, this web series has done a commendable job of reminding viewers that professional dancers are people, not stereotypes.
That’s not to diminish their obviously intense obsession with and love for their jobs as ballet dancers, however. When Ashley Bouder speaks of how performing is “something you can have only with a lover, but you can have it with everybody onstage,” it’s easy to remember why so many of us relentlessly pursue this artform.