Royal Danish Ballet Style
Posted 27 September 2003 - 10:20 PM
Posted 27 September 2003 - 10:44 PM
How about for this new season, we have a Step of the Week in this forum -- SIMPLE!!!!! don't start with the hard ones!!! -- but aimed so at the end of a year, our discovering balletomanes would have a usable vocabulary of 52 steps that they'll see on stage and read about in newspapers? Volunteers
Posted 28 September 2003 - 08:52 AM
I cannot wait for the step of the week forum! B)
Posted 28 September 2003 - 10:15 AM
Those interested in Bournonville steps and style on this level might want to read his "Etudes Choreographiques" Much of which is in the book by Erik Bruhn and Lillian Moore called "Bournonville and Ballet Technique" which is hard to find now, but you might be in your library.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 12:07 PM
1. Is there a specific word for a pirouette taken directly out of a grand plie? (short of... jee thats hard)
2. (please excuse the desperate attempt at description, this is what i love about dance--that you can't ever pin it down on paper or elsewhere!) So... you start with the same take-off as for tour jete/ grand jete en tournon whichever you are calling it and after the first battement front instead of completing the step the normal way, you finish facing the direction you are traveling (with the second leg to the front). as in... chasse, battement R front, fouette completely, land on R foot with L leg front facing same direction as the battement. ACK! They've been doing this one a good deal in class and its in Manon. Any help will be much appreciated.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 12:41 PM
2) What you're describing is a grand jeté fouetté. It's similar to the "baseball turn" in jazz.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 02:45 AM
Posted 29 September 2003 - 03:51 AM
Huh? Huh? :angelnot:
Posted 29 September 2003 - 04:19 AM
The other thing is that lots of people (incl. ballet teachers ) are thinking, that coupe (which means "cut") is position.
Posted 29 September 2003 - 09:52 PM
:mondieu: Aw, man! Why would anyone want to reduce the expressive possibilities of the art? :shrug: Please explain! While I much prefer the look of the toe-to-knee position for pirouettes in most Petipa and later works, the softer, gentler position has an important use.
I saw her post about pirouettes sur le coup de pied a couple of years ago -- they are still (nominally) a demicaractere step; she was talking about teaching them. They're being phased out in Denmark now, too, though. They were taken out of some variations (sadly, I must admit, by Brenaa, I was told by one of his assistants).
SAVE THE COU-DE-PIED PIROUETTE!
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