Royal Danish Ballet Style
Posted 30 September 2003 - 03:08 AM
If you can turn smoothly in this position, you can turn in practically any position. It's tough.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 08:07 AM
Mel, at approximately what age/level does one start teaching this step?
Posted 30 September 2003 - 03:40 PM
Posted 07 March 2006 - 11:53 AM
The pirouettes sur le coup de pied are basic in Checchetti's syllabus (style, school, method?? Alexandra??). If I remember correctly, students start working on them when they are 13 (Elementary). I loved to turn sur le coup de pied! More spinning!
I have always thought of the links between Cecchetti and Bournonville styles. 'Konservatoriet' is like an advanced class in Cechhetti. There is nothing remarked in this thread as characteristic of Bournonville that cannot characterise Ceccheti: the emphasis on épaulement, the importance of the coup de pied on relevé or on plié, the importance of the plié (it was very hard to do that impossible series of 'pirouette from preparation in grand plié, finishing in one of the positions of the body'), the foot work, battery and petit allegro, not very high lines in arabesque... I think that that pas de bourré fleuret is in Cecchetti's vocabulary 'pas de bourré en tournant'... And we didn't like to dance on pointe. It is true, Alexandra, it ruins the jump.
Posted 07 March 2006 - 11:58 AM
I once showed "Konservatoriet" to a Cecchetti specialist, a teacher, who thought it looked as though both methods had derived from the same source, but weren't quite the same, but "Konservatoriet" is said to be a class of auguste Vestris's (modified for the stage). The solo dancer's variation, I'm told, was one of Jules Perrot's.
There were some things in the older techniques, Grissi, that have been lost, as you point out.
Posted 07 March 2006 - 12:11 PM
Surely, Bournonville style marked Cecchetti for life. Only two years in Denmark! And he developped a style with all those Bournonville details! I didn't know of the barre. Thank you, that was very interesting.
Posted 07 March 2006 - 05:15 PM
Posted 25 February 2007 - 01:16 AM
Also, precision in their technique. Always clean and getting to 5th; no cheating.
And, as said, the softness of arms. In males, their '1st position' arms or 'prepatory position' but right outside the legs are rounded and held.
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