As said by Mick, Albert and Rudolf…quotes for the middle of the week, a photo montage video

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Thursdays Middle of the Week “Artists Speak”: Rudolf Nuréyev,(#art,#ballet)

Rudolf Nureyev, un Ícaro abrasado por la vida

So we are now in Part III. Rudolf Nuréyev. Again, he was a great artist, a dancer…modern dance and ballet…a choreographer, and in 1983 was named Director of the Ballet de la Ópera de París. He was born in the Soviet Union on the 17th of March 1938. His father was a Red Army officer of Tartar origins.

And what could have Rudolf said about politics? Probably not much, even though he defected to the West. In 1961, he, through an accident of fate, was selected to be the principal dancer for the Kirov Ballet. He was acclaimed by the Parisians but he “broke” the rules. He associated with people from the Soviet “outside” and realising he would not be able to return to the USSR, he sought asylum.

So, I would like to take these quotes and relate them to politics somehow. Here is the first quote:

“Technique is what you fall back when you run out of inspiration.”

Can we say that “technique” is the philosophy of state? Can we surmise that “inspiration” may be construed as “individualism” or “creativity”? If we can then we can say that this quote can be defined as a mantra that says that if you cannot express your individuality, if you’ve nothing to contribute to the betterment of the state, you can relax, you can always remain faithful to the status quo, to the constitutionality of law. (does that make sense?)

Another quote I will try to adapt to something other than what it was directed at is:

“…those who have studied from the beginning never question anything.”

Again, let me have a little bit of poetic license here. If we apply this quote to politics or government, what it means is that those who have been “created” by the power of the state…read as indoctrinated…will never deviate from the rules, ergo, they will never question anything. I think this could be something said in protest of the all powerful state that controls the life of all its citizens and those who simply look in a different direction become enemies of the state. This is a principle that the Communists have always believed in. With this quote…partial quote…I can deduce that Nuréyev stood against Communism.

Rudolf Nuréyev died in France in 1992. He was awarded, by Jack Lang, the French Culture Minister, with France’s highest cultural award, the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He died shortly after at the age of fifty four. He was buried at the Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois cemetery on the 13th of January, a few short metres from the grave of the great Russian Choreographer Serge Lifar. Lifar and Nuréyev are the only two dancers from the Russian School to direct the prestigious Ballet of the Ópera de París.


Please follow through by watching the photo montage video of this segment, coming very soon…


Thursday Middle of the Week “Artists Speak” (#art, #music, #photography), Part II: Albert Camus

Biografía de Albert Camus (Quién es, vida, historia, bio resumida, trabajos)

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”

Albert Camus was born in Mondovi, French Algeria, on the 7th of November 1913. Again no one can deny that Camus was an artist. He was a novelist, a journalist, a philosopher and a Nobel Prize winner. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 at the age of 44. His greatest influence came from Schopenhauer and from Nietzsche (and other German existentialists).

Camus, after WWII (he spent most of the war in France), became politically involved. He joined the Left but opposed the Soviet Union. Camus condemned totalitarianism. His leanings were towards anarcho-syndicalism. Another political activity he engaged in was being active in many of the organisations that sought European integration.

Something interesting: Although many consider him an existentialist…like Sartre…he rejected that term all his life. He sort of belonged to the group known as the absurdists. Camus was a moralist. He stood firm against Marxists who belief that history defines morality.

Camus leaned towards Anarchism. He stood against any kind of exploitation by the “state”, against the supposed authority of the “state” and refuted the idea of property of the “state”, against the bosses, and certailny against centralisation. He believed in the syndicalist structure for government.

So, what about his “artistic” contribution?

Here is a list of his novels, ever read any of them?

Yes, I read The Plague

Novels by Albert Camus:
A Happy Death (La Mort heureuse) – written in 1936–38, published in 1971
The Stranger (L’Étranger) – written in 1942
The Plague (La Peste) – written in 1947
The Fall (La Chute) – written in 1956
The First Man (Le premier homme) – an incomplete novel published in 1994

Other things Albert Camus said:

Reference the Algerian war an terrorism:

“People are now planting bombs in the tramways of Algiers. My mother might be on one of those tramways. If that is justice, then I prefer my mother.”

And I will finish this Part II with a quote from Camus that I find interesting and transcendental:

“The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”


Please watch the companion photo montage video on the quotes of Camus, Mick Jagger and Rudolf Nureyev.

Thursday, Middle of the Week “Artists Speak” (on politics), Part I: Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger no se arruga en su 75 cumpleaños - Noticias Gente - El  Periódico Mediterráneo

Once more we have reached the middle of the week, it is Thursday and I want to let artists speak and today they speak about politics. I have tried to mix it up, so I looked at Sir Michael Phillip Jagger first. No one can deny that he is an artist, a great songwriter, a singer, an actor and a film producer, with time enough to still be the front-man for a band that many consider the best Rock n’ Roll band in the world and one of the most long lasting ones.

So what has Mick Jagger said about politics?

“Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.”

Anarchy is a bona fide system of government, an option, a choice and a route that millions follow and wish to one day bring to the world. Although I am not saying that I am an anarchist, I am saying that I recognise their right to exist.

And anarchy does not mean the absence of government, what it looks for is the absence of governments that owe their allegiance and existence to a “nation”. A government of anarchists would owe their existence to the community. From the grassroots of the people surge the “leaders”, each from their own community and their function is to enlarge the ability of the community to grow and produce the items necessary to provide for each.

Ok, so that’s my political-historical-social speech for the day…and…

A few other things that old Mick has said which might or might not have anything to do, or a lot to do, with politics, is:

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.”

“I would like to reach a balance and forget a few things.”

“Americans get very simple explanations of what happens to them.”

I think that when you attempt to create a society, a community of people, such things as borders, the integrity of nations and the creation of huge armies et cetera, are secondary to the integral needs of humanity. What a state may want may not necessarily be the things which should, by default, be the responsibility of the “government”. The government is not there to give the people what they “want” but what they “need”. If the the government can do that, it has done its job.

So let us end with a fun quote:

“There’s no absolutes in life – only vodka.”


(Please watch the companion video with quotes from the artists that form part of this week’s “Artists Speak” series)