The Fred Stepnotes by Alastair Macauley
Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:18 AM
(For those who don't know the site, of which I am the caretaker, for David Vaughan's chronology of Ashton's ballets. which includes subsequent productions anc casts, it's http://www.ashtonarchive.com ).
Posted 13 June 2005 - 12:46 PM
Posted 13 June 2005 - 04:39 PM
I remember during the NBoC's 50th anniversary season they gave a series of master classes. Karen Kain led a class focusing on Ashton and she taught us the "Fred Step", so it's great now to read about it in so much detail.
Posted 13 June 2005 - 06:30 PM
I am embarrassed to admit that I heard about the Fred Step years ago and assumed it was something done by Fred Astaire.
Posted 13 June 2005 - 06:33 PM
Posted 13 June 2005 - 07:49 PM
on stage now at ABT, i don't know if alastair macaulay knew it when he published his essay identifying the Fred Step in ashton's ballets, the 'peasant' women who join the bucolic dance begun by the other peasant men women in the first act of SYLVIA, execute THE FRED STEP on a lovely, small-scale w/ their little wheelbarrows and other rustic props at the front of the 16(?) dancer group in the grotto of eros.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 02:23 AM
Thanks for this link!
Posted 14 June 2005 - 08:09 AM
My question about actually DOING the Fred step (Carbro, have you tried this? Bart, atm711, Choura?) is about that pas de bourree -- after the developpee in second (which as I'm picturing it is in ecarte back, the arabesque haveing been efface), is there a tombe, or do you step up up down -- he says there are four steps there, and I don't see how there can be FOUR steps into hte pas de chat unless you tombe pas de bourree (down up up down) into it.......
I would go check my Cinderella, but the VCR isn't working....
Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:15 AM
I could easily be completely wrong here and applying my own movement logic to a step I saw consciously exactly once.
Posted 14 June 2005 - 10:51 AM
Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:53 PM
Wll, yes, a kind of critical mountain IS being made out of a molehill -- but there are little ciphers people often put into their art. Hitchcock made a point of sneaking himself into some scene in most of his movies. Directors like to build little secrets into things that will bind the work, make it gel, like adding an extra egg to your cookies. But i' m telling YOU this?
And thanks, Mme. Hermine, for that insight into the pas de chat -- I did have the idea that that pas-de-chat thingy was kind of a throw-away move.... and a precipitee would fit that bill...
Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:40 AM
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