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Valera, with litheness and extraordinary subtlety, sets forth a variety of human emotions that, while radically different in appearance, share one origin: they are aroused by an Other, by the ambivalent and contradictory relationship in which that Other is at the same time God and the devil himself, both admired and loathed.
Special effects are well-chosen to highlight the hero's litheness and grace.
"With the litheness of a contortionist he twisted one way and another several times with the ball bobbing between his feet, while Moncur hopped from one foot to another like someone jumping into the bath when the water is too hot, until he was knotted as adeptly as if a boy scout had roped him up.
(40) Their sexual grotesquerie is underlined in their names; one woman is named Centaure, referring to the half-horse, half-male-human creature, and another is Mistress Otter, named for the amphibious mammal whose playful litheness was equated with sexual voraciousness as well as indeterminacy.
But most impressive of all was the stunningly muscular display of Michael Essien, the pounds 24.4m man with a boxer's physique but the litheness and energy of a gymnast, who simply dominated the middle of the park and turned it into his own private kingdom.
Boucher's cupidons bear the family traits of their elder sisters, Boucher's nymphs and shepherdesses: a plump litheness; long-lashed wide ingenuous eyes; small light-tipped noses.
More recently, he wowed millions of people with his litheness and fleetness of foot on Strictly Come Dancing.
"England," Porter remarks, "was becoming a nation of rattles." What made it worse were changes of fashion: as the century wore on, an acceptable amplitude (curvaceous bosoms, swollen petticoats, and enormous wigs) gave way to a modish litheness. Trousers grew tighter and dresses clung closer to bodily contours.
In "Greg's Legs," for example, Light combines cleverness, syntactic litheness, and rhyme to produce a playful, syncopated homage.
maddeningly indulg[ing] his trick shots on high-pressure points," while his Russian counterpart is "the more 'complete' player": "Nabokov just went out there and did the business, all litheness, power and touch" ("Nabokov's Grand Slam," 1992).
That, however, was an expression of Vardimon's innate litheness. If you get in front of the Dance Machine (it's appearing in Bar-Amotz's solo show at Project, Dublin, in May) and fear you'll produce a musique concrete cacophony, don't sweat.
With the litheness of boys, the drivers (both of whom must have been her age) climbed aboard.