The risks and rewards of ballethttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/when-falling-is-good/859/
Another example of a no-holds-barred dancer is Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet, which just ended its spring season. There are pretty good odds that Mearns might fall during a performance, the way she throws caution to the wind and pushes her admirable technical skills way beyond what physics should allow. In Saturday’s performance of Western Symphony, she nailed a very difficult passage of alternating front and back relevé extensions. (She did not fall.) Her full-out performance is one huge element that makes her so exciting to watch. She holds nothing back, and we in the audience can feel that enormous gift of giving everything over to us. She happens to have an atypically theatrical physique — a broad face with striking features, and a larger ribcage than most of the women. These serve her skyward projection and fearlessness to a tee. She is a force of nature — our force of nature.