"Sasha I" takes its place amongst Richard MacDonald’s most powerful and refined studies of the masculine form. Akin to the "Flair" with its emphasis on athleticism and strength, it also has elements in common with the restrained dignity of "Nureyev." The physical feat portrayed is subordinate to the focus of performer -- the sheer power of his will. This is a theme that links many of Richard MacDonald’s best known and most important works. The unparalleled drama of this pose draws our attention to the beautiful balance and strength of the performer. Completely removed from the context of ordinary life, this study fuels our imagination with the limitless possibilities of the human experience.