Friday GIF: Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson performing in Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, a four-part reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy.

Being and Nothingness makes its world premiere on May 30. Click here for more information on the upcoming mixed programme titled Ratmansky & Côté.

Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”

Spending some quality time with Sartre and his Being and Nothingness. Challenging book, but undoubtedly among the timeless philosophies. I’m not enjoying myself reading it, but I enjoy the fact that I feel this way…

Nikki Giovanni, "Being and Nothingness"

(to quote a philosopher)

i haven’t done anything
meaningful in so long
it’s almost meaningful
to do nothing

i suppose i could fall in love
or at least in line
since i’m so discontented
but that takes effort
and i don’t want to exert anything
neither my energy nor my emotions

i’ve always prided myself
on being a child of the sixties
and we are all finished
so that makes being

(submitted by meterandprose)

“We must act out passion before we can feel it.” —Jean-Paul Sartre

Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson in Being and Nothingness (Part 1), a reflection in dance of a key theme in Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy, choreographed by Guillaume Côté. Being and Nothingness is featured in The National Ballet of Canada’s upcoming summer mixed programme Ratmansky & Côté, onstage from May 30—June 6, 2015. Click here for more details about the programme.

I must be without remorse or regrets as I am without excuse; for from the instant of my upsurge into being, I carry the weight of the world by myself alone without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.
—  Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness