The danseur's solo in Theme & Variations calls for pirouettes to be done alternately to the left and right. In my viewing experience, Helgi Tomasson used to do them, but I can't think of a subsequent dancer who did.
I may not be remembering perfectly well, but I don't think I ever saw pirouettes to the left in Balanchine's work at NYCB until after his death.
Step of the week 1.pirouette
Posted 01 October 2003 - 10:28 AM
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Posted 01 October 2003 - 04:41 PM
My next question was going to be "is it still a sissonne if you spring from two feet to one foot from an open position (i.e., a lunge)?"
We also sometimes -- very rarely -- do tours de fini in sur le cou de pied -- actually in the position we call coupe, which is at the ankle , heel forward, but not wrapped -- sous-sus, then 7 consecutively to hte right, close back, soussus, 7 to the left, without putting hte foot down.... We do tours de fini at the end of almost EVERY class, from fifth, arms center. When they're done in "coupe," we do arms in second and flex our wrists just for fun.... they are fun.
so that kind of shoots my little theory, because that's certainly not a fouette....
Posted 01 October 2003 - 06:31 PM
I saw a Kitri once who did her Fandango solo in the first act with the diagonal of pirouettes repeated without coming down to fifth every time. With the swirling skirt, the effect was even more dramatic than the fouettés she did in the last act.
Posted 02 October 2003 - 01:16 PM
Posted 02 October 2003 - 04:01 PM
Fouetté means "whipped" and can come in lots of different varieties.
A pirouette en dedans can be done with a fouetté movement or not. A pirouette en dehors is never done with a fouetté movement without becoming something else.
Posted 02 October 2003 - 04:26 PM
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