This is how you associate the word “creepy” with the word “beautiful”.
Ballet is a form of art that showcases a dance style with so much grace and beauty. A ballet dance routine must be beautiful and emotional, it must be something that tells a story to its audience. Oftentimes, people expect it to be majestic and full of grace yet powerful, it must be a performance that will move everyone to their feet.
This one, however, is an exception.
“The Spider” choreography and the story behind it.
Milena Sidorova is an award-winning Dutch choreographer and she’s the brilliant mind behind the choreography of “The Spider“. It has already been performed all over the globe thus resulting in it becoming a worldwide hit by Sidorova.
She was just 13 years old at that time and the YouTube video of her “The Spider” performance has already been viewed tens of millions of times. Sidorova was interviewed countless times about the unique ballet movements from the routine which of course includes mimicking the creepy movements of a spider.
When she was asked where did the idea of “The Spider” come from, she said:
“As a kid, I really loved spiders and I used to observe them a lot. They had this particular way of moving and were still very gracious creatures, although a bit weird. When I studied ballet professionally, I once tried to imitate the movements of a spider in the living room — which made my mother laugh a lot. She said: ‘Hey, why don’t you make that into a dance?’”
She actually made it a reality, and while there were people who said it wasn’t ballet, there’s really nothing to contest about with someone who is a professional choreographer and was a principal dancer with a national company.
“The Spider”, Natasha Furman’s version.
Unlike the original version, Furman starts her performance with some basic gymnast moves, she wants to show first her grace as a ballerina. She makes it more like a homage to the original than just a plain replication.
Pretty soon, she dives into the spider-like part of her routine, just like what’s in “The Spider” choreography of Sidorova. She stretches those long legs and arms of hers, making the regular and creepy stance of a spider.
When you think it’s easier because it shows lesser ballet moves… you’re completely mistaken.
It actually requires a different level of flexibility and muscle control. Even Sidorova herself said that executing the routine in her “The Spider” sets a different bar of difficulty thus making it extremely challenging:
“Not necessarily because it requires advanced technical skills, but the spider pose requires a certain flexibility in your hips and lower back that even most professional dancers do not possess. Especially the first pose and the walk that follows are very demanding.”
Furman obviously knows this, but look at her nailing this routine. Her little body allows her to perform everything with so much ease. While most kids of her age oftentimes stumble and fall when playing, here she is, performing to a world-class choreography with so much control over her body.
Creepy but beautiful!
That’s the absolute definition of little Furman’s performance, after all, this type of stage performance is supposed to make the audience feel something, wouldn’t you agree? Who knows, she might be the next “spider woman”?
Watch little Furman’s version of “The Spider” in the video below.
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