style in Paquita vs Don Q
Posted 04 June 2003 - 06:01 AM
I was wondering about the real differences in style between these 2 ballets, particularly regarding the grand pas (on both). I would like to know what a ballerina should know of these differences in order to show she is truly dancing Paquita, instead of Don Q.
I think it is very important to know differences in styles when you are learning a new role, that is why I ask.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 08:45 AM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 08:48 AM
And so for that, you need to be the Queen Bee -- noble, as Hans noted above. I think there's a tradition of doing "concert versions" of the big pas de deux, NOT being in character -- Kitri doesn't have to look like an innkeeper's daughter in the grand pas de deux. But I think one does have to be grand.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 09:21 AM
Even in concert, without the surrounding story, I enjoy it when the dancers make this difference. One does tend to see the same interpretation for both - Spanish with attitude. My partner and I used to have a fight before Don Q to get the juices flowing and treated Paquita as a "classical" work with stylized port de bras, but more mature in carriage.
Posted 04 June 2003 - 09:41 AM
Posted 04 June 2003 - 09:48 AM
so, would you say that all the variations in Paquita's grand pas should be in that "noble" vein?
It is interesting to contrast Kirov's and ABT versions on video. Kirov is just like nobility: Paquita even wears a tiara!!! However, Cynthia Gregory (and Susan Jaffe, Leslie Browne, and all the other dancers in the ABT Makarova's version I have seen) are dressed more like "Don Q" (I mean, red tutus, flowers on one side of the head, etc).
Posted 05 June 2003 - 03:33 PM
Presumably the three (depending on the version) flower girl variations in the last act of Don Quixote should be danced in a similar manner to Kitri's, but perhaps not as flamboyant.
Posted 17 June 2003 - 05:37 PM
mbjerk: good post! i agree.
One does tend to see the same interpretation for both - Spanish with attitude.
wonderful thread. i didn't know this, and i appreciate being told.
i also appreciate someone *asking the question* ~ 'big smile' to silvy, and 'wink' to cabriole...
Posted 14 August 2003 - 02:16 PM
Posted 14 August 2003 - 02:32 PM
Amor's variation doesn't feature in either the 1869 (4 act) or the 1871 (5 act) versions of Don Quixote, but because the Enchanted Garden act is so short, it is highly probable that Petipa inserted it some time during the 1870s. On (very shaky) musical grounds, I would argue that the Queen of the Dryads variation (which you will have seen Fonteyn dance in the RB film of the Corsaire pas de deux) entered the same act of DQ only in the 1890s, at a time when Petipa was around to choreograph it, but when Minkus wasn't there to write the music. This might very well be by Drigo, but I couldn't begin to prove that.
Posted 14 August 2003 - 03:03 PM
I have to send information about the Paquita variation (the one with the music of Amor in Don Q) and Im not sure how to refer or name this variation:
Paquita Xth variation from Grand Pas?
is it ok?
Posted 14 August 2003 - 10:00 PM
I think the difference between the two women is that Kitri is a heroine but not genteel, and her shoulders need to be squared, like a man's -- whereas Paquita's lines should be all spirals, and her shoulders should curve -- magnificently -- and her chin-line should be high but not defiant.
Like in Shakespeare's WInter's Tale, where the princess is raised by shepherds -- in this kind of story, "native" refinement shines through. Kitri has done her own laundry, she's killed and cooked her own dinner, she's met many indignities, and it colors her manners; Paquita may have done hte same things, but it should not have colored her sensitivity more than slightly. It's as if her sheets have never turned yellow. (My own aunt Virginia called her mother a few weeks after her marriage and asked "what to do, her sheets were turning yellow...." Do you have such genteelisms in Uruguay, Silvy?)
Posted 15 August 2003 - 04:51 AM
Posted 15 August 2003 - 02:12 PM
Well, thanks for your help, I'm a little confused yet about how to name this choreography. Maybe I'll simply name it "Paquita variation"
Posted 15 August 2003 - 02:57 PM
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