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    Watch This Ballerina Dance In Pointe Shoes With Knives Attached To Them

    This mesmerizing video is an art project by Javier Pérez.

    The short film En Puntas features a ballerina dancing on top of a piano in pointe shoes that are extended by sharp knives.

    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com
    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com
    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com
    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com
    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com
    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com
    Photography by Javier Pérez / Via glitterandpups.tumblr.com

    You can watch the whole performance here.

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    In the artist's own words:

    A ballerina, whose pointe shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives, dances and twirls insistently until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano set on a stage. The theatre with its red velvet warm lighting, resembles an oversized music box. The camera turns around the dancer revealing the opposite side of the room: an empty and painfully bare theatre.

    The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes.

    Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.

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