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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Now I'M tempted to ask WTF?

Further to my previous post, I am now surprised to discover a ballet program at the Royal Danish Ballet called
Who the f..#%&! is Nijinsky ...?
Things become even more surprising when one reads the blurb:
What are idols – and why do we need them? And who are Lady Gaga and the Laudrup brothers from the perspective of the dance world? That’s the theme of the new children’s and youth production created by Kompagni B. The company’s dancers participate in both the choreography and staging of this production, which is realized in partnership with selected school classes. Kompagni B is the world’s first professional children’s company associated with a ballet school and is comprised of students from grades 7 to 9. Children are in focus with Kompagni B, where the show is made for children, by children.

For children, by children? Somehow I can't imagine the staid Ontario school system supporting something with this title. Maybe it's less shocking in Danish?

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Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber is an expert on the English language and a frequent guest on radio and television. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Her witty and informative talks on the stories behind our words are very popular. Contact her at wordlady.barber@gmail.com to book her for speaking engagements; she can tailor her talks to almost any subject. She is also available as an expert witness for lawsuits.