I am a balletomane. I like it best among the human arts, it's better than plays & it's better than music. It's arguably the music video "LIVE" centuries before the T.V. & it survives because it is a hard taskmaster, demanding & unforgiving... it tells the world's simplest truest stories in a language everyone can understand regardless of their language as long as they can hear the music & see the dance. There is a poignant ballet from the 1930's that I saw many years ago, here in Richmond. The Name is the "Green Table" by Jooss. It's theme is war & it doesn't choose sides.
"Lasting about 30 minutes and subtitled "A dance of death in eight scenes," The Green Table is a commentary on the futility of war and the horrors it causes. It opens with a group of diplomats (the Gentlemen in Black, portrayed by the other characters in the piece, with the exception of Death) having a discussion around a rectangular table covered with a green cloth. They end up pulling guns from their pockets and shooting in the air, thus symbolizing the declaration of war.
The next six scenes portray different aspects of wartime: the separation from loved ones in The Farewells, war itself in The Battle and The Partisan, loneliness and misery in The Refugees, the emotional void and the atmosphere of forced entertainment in The Brothel and, finally, the psychologically beaten and wounded survivors in The Aftermath. The ballet then ends as it began, with the "Gentlemen in Black" around the green table.
Throughout these episodes the figure of Death is triumphant, portrayed as a skeleton moving in a forceful and robot-like way, relentlessly claiming its victims. The dance ends with a repeat of the opening scene, a device the choreographer uses to show his mistrust in the talks of the diplomats; completely indifferent to the ravages of war, they continue their hypocritical negotiations." ~ wiki
Enjoy & think about the real costs of civil war.