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The Art of Performance
Grace Cossington Smith often attended orchestral concerts and the ballet with members of her family and friends. From her early years as an artist she had enjoyed the spectacle of performances, revealed here in The ballet (Les Sylphides) and Firebird. On one hand she takes us into the action – onto centre stage – in the ballet scenes, while on the other she was interested in the role of the spectator and listener quietly absorbed (and transported) by the performance. As an artist she was also clearly interested in the rhythmic patterns of all the aspects of the scenes she recalled in these works.
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