A recent performance of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia made me think about the dualities of masculine and feminine and the role of contrast in creating and performing art. Artists learn to understand and use the duality of opposites in their work.
Balance is central to artistic expression. Artists—painters, sculptors, designers, composers, photographers, writers, directors, choreographers, film makers, dancers, performers, conductors—use balance to create a compositional impact on the overall feeling of a completed work of art.
As we began the walk through the well-manicured pathways, the first thing that came to mind was the skillfulness that was required to create such a masterpiece.