The Most Unlikely Giselle I have Seen.
Posted 22 June 1999 - 11:50 AM
Her emergence from the grave is indelibly imprinted in my head. Her bouffant, blindingly-white tutu glistened in the subdued light and the V-neck off-the-shoulder bodice plunged to her waist; her alabaster shoulders were topped by a head covered with flaming red hair (coiffed in the ballerina over-the-ear style--no top-knots here!) From what I have read of Fanny Elssler, I think she must have been her re-incarnation. The audience gasped, most of us chuckled. But being the artist she was, she did "pull-it-off" and gave an engrossing performance. She gave her Albrecht (Frederic Franklin, of all people) a good run for his money. The performance I saw was in 1948 at the old Met Opera in NY and was one of the many "last-ditch" efforts of BRMC to reorganize. Markova danced that season and Danilova was a truly memorable Myrtha. The season was topped off with "Pas de Quatre" with Markova (Taglioni), Slavenska (Grisi), Krassovska (Grahn) and Danilova (Cerrito).
She is perhaps best remembered as the ballerina in the film "La Mort du Cygne" (1938) -- the one about the "petit rat" who injured the ballerina so her favorite (Chauvire) could dance. For every Giselle I have seen rising from the grave -- Slavenska is still there for me in her blinding light, if only for a few seconds.
Posted 23 June 1999 - 12:04 AM
Posted 23 June 1999 - 08:04 AM
Where is this Dance Collection's video library? Is it open to public??
Posted 23 June 1999 - 08:21 AM
And, Alexandra, that Don Q party sounds like fun. Are videos still viewable while the Dance Collection is in temporary quarters?
Posted 23 June 1999 - 09:20 AM
Manhattnik, I don't know if it's open at present. The "party" took place in the good old days when the collection was less crowded. I understand that these days it's jammed with dancers trying to learn their roles from videos.
Posted 23 June 1999 - 01:19 PM
Where is the Dance Collection's video library???
Posted 24 June 1999 - 12:05 AM
Posted 24 June 1999 - 01:29 AM
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