Let your dreams be bigger than your fears this Halloween
As darkness falls this evening, it is time to celebrate all things supernatural. While I am not an advocate of too much hocus-pocus and dislike anything very terrifying, the fun costumes and imaginative make-believe indulged in at Halloween appeal to me as a dancer and a writer.
Ballet Papier artist Berenice always has some magical treats in store for a special occasion and, this year, she has surprised fans with a spellbinding Halloween video. Featuring ballerinas dressed as black cats and a coven of good witches on broomsticks, the mini movie is a sweet spook-tacular.
You’ll be frightfully disappointed if you miss out on viewing her wonderful wizardry — particularly as the film features yours truly, Georgina Butler, as the leading black cat!
The black cat is an iconic Halloween symbol and has long served as an object of superstition. Throughout history, all cats have been associated with the occult. This is notably as a result of their nocturnal nature and stealth — they can silently sneak around when stalking their prey at night.
It is most often the black cat that graces our Halloween decorations because the colour black has always been associated with evil due to our ancestors’ fear of the night. Nonetheless, although the black cat possesses a less than favourable reputation and has traditionally represented bad luck, nowadays here in the United Kingdom it is considered to be good luck when a black cat crosses your path.
Cats are agile, flexible, powerful, speedy and graceful. They are curious, playful, intelligent, independent and always land on their feet. Felines are fabulous… and I definitely feel very lucky to be Ballet Papier’s top cat!
Georgina Butler is a journalist, a dance writer and a dance teacher who specialises in teaching classical ballet. She previews and reviews productions, writes features and interviews people from the world of dance.