Toughest Evening Length Ballet for Male Principal?
Posted 18 December 2005 - 10:53 AM
Posted 18 December 2005 - 11:22 AM
Posted 18 December 2005 - 12:12 PM
My vote would be Spartacus: there is so much powerful dancing in it - tremendous jumps, turnings, press-lifts ... and the hero has to bridge the gap between war-scenes and the more lyrical ones to be convincing.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 12:40 PM
La Sylphide: ATM makes an important point, except James doesn't have to do any heavy lifting, which can drain stamina.
Don Quixote: Basil has lots of strenuous partnering, as well as big, heroic jumps, etc.
Sleeping Beauty: Desire doesn't even appear until halfway through the darned thing.
Dachnitsa may have fingered the real toughie, but it's not as prominent in the US balleto's mind as the other options BalletNut offers.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 01:43 PM
Posted 18 December 2005 - 02:35 PM
It's an hour and a half long and he dances at least 45 minutes. Beats, jumps, everything and he's not spared the lifts. Wrong for the period, entertaining for the audience, exhausting for the dancer. I get tired just looking at him
Posted 18 December 2005 - 02:52 PM
The first is big, athletic, obviously requiring great stamina. The other demands speed, lightness, and strength of a rather different sort.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 09:55 PM
Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:06 AM
Posted 19 December 2005 - 06:14 AM
Greetings from Moscow
Posted 19 December 2005 - 08:47 PM
Posted 19 December 2005 - 09:25 PM
You're welcome, dachnitsa. Now I'm interested to see Spartacus. (I presume we're talking about the Grigorovitch version, correct?)
Posted 19 December 2005 - 09:33 PM
Posted 20 December 2005 - 07:41 AM
Posted 20 December 2005 - 04:18 PM
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