Posted 30 April 2001 - 12:31 PM
Youskevitch is high on my list of Dancers I Wish I'd Seen. His name came up on the Favorite Albrechts thread -- and he was considered by many a very great Albrecht. I've only seen bits of film -- bits of Albrecht, and the solo in "Theme and Variations," which I've never seen anyone, live, come close to matching in speed and power.
Describe Youskevitch to me. Is there anyone since who was like him? He had an interesting beginning -- as an athlete, not a dancer, and was a very late starter. Bruhn lists him as a role model, which is curious, as they seem to have been very different.
I'm also curious as to whether he "fit in" to ABT, the way Baryshnikov did, or if he was always obviously a European dancer?
Posted 02 May 2001 - 04:12 PM
I agree with you completely, Alexandra, about "Theme". Balanchine captured his qualities beautifully. And that wonderful diagonal with the tours and pirouettes was what he was all about. He also took on Tudor in "Shadow of the Wind". The ballet was not a success at the time, although I'd love to see it again.
Also, there is the Gene Kelly (1952) movie with him--"Invitation to the Dance"
A tough question--"Who is most like him today?---I have my eye on Belotserkovsky.
Posted 02 May 2001 - 06:29 PM
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