Edmund White City Boy on Balanchine and the art of choreography:
In a quite different way I suppose he was showing us how the supreme manifestations of the mind require sweat and muscles, how the spatial and temporal meditations of an old man can be realized only by willing young bodies with flushed cheeks and taut rumps and long necks and a good turnout.
The implied Platonism is only superficial. This is about dedication to craft and guidance.
And so for day 804