And a nonstandard interpretation of the role of the Coquette, which was just as fascinating.
I think readers of this thread will find Leigh's review interesting -- it touches on, among other things, a nonstandard interpretation of the role of the Poet.
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And I've seen the conflicting ones, too. What if Albrecht takes the Sincere, though Forgetful, Lover approach, while Giselle decides she's the town hooker? Bathilde has carefully worked out her interpretation: she really wants to join the convent, but her father is making her marry, while Giselle's mother is in cahoots with Hilarion to sell Courland's deer on the black market.....
Posted 25 May 2004 - 02:59 PM
She was neither, Alexandra. In 1946 she admitted to being 43 years old and she was her mature womanly self---this sleepwalker had an interesting past. And this I can vouch for---she was not on pointe when she held the poet, but it was still amazing to see her carry him a few feet---it was an illusion, very much like the one about Fonteyn's first Sleeping Beauty in NYC. Some people will swear that during the Rose Adagio she did not take the hand of her last cavalier, but held her balance without him.
Was Danilova virginal and ethereal, atm?
Posted 25 May 2004 - 03:17 PM
About Danilova's illusion -- I think part of it, too, was that, especially in the 1940s and '50s, the notion of a woman carrying a man was .... surprising? Noteworthy? Out of the ordinary? In the reviews of the Royal Danish Ballet's tour of the States in 1956, every single newspaper review outside of New York (where both critics and audiences were familiar with the ballet) led with that ending, and some reviews devoted half their space to the ending.
I think you've hit on something, comparing Danilova's (non) walk on pointe to Fonteyn's (non) holding a balance -- when you see something you haven't seen before, the mind holds the experience as Extraordinary, and perhaps Fish Story Effect takes hold. I've also read early reviews of Nureyev that claim he did an entrechat vingt, or jumped 8 feet high and held it in the air.
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