Humble, true Ballerinas
Posted 17 November 2001 - 11:36 AM
My first favorite was Violette Verdy, partly because I lived in Miami and she performed there at least once every year. We had many other great Ballerinas come to town including Fonteyn, whom I had the incredible good fortune to be in class with and to meet, but Violette was my first Giselle, Sylph, Odette/Odile, Aurora.
Later I lived in NYC and loved Kirkland, Makarova, Farrell and Nichols, Watts, Lopez, Tcherkassky and Messac.
Even though all of the above Ballerinas were the central figure of every ballet in which they appeared, they never for one moment projected anything but humility and consideration for the ballet as a whole, truth. They were super beautiful, super talented and super musical, and projected complete respect and consideration for the choreography, music, sets, costumes and cast. For the art!
Because I am so busy with work in Chicago, I don't get to NYC but once or twice a year. I always go to the ballet, but I wonder who the total Ballerinas are these days. Who will balance, but not over balance at the expense of the music and other dancers? I always think of Makarova balancing a little too long in Don Q, but making it musical. Remember Farrell's curtain calls? She always projected thanks to the audience, and retreated behind the curtain a little earlier than the public would have wanted. It was humility projecting to the back of the house.
Who are today's humble, true Ballerinas?
[ November 17, 2001: Message edited by: glebb ]
Posted 17 November 2001 - 02:31 PM
I'm probably just having a mental block here smile.gif but of the stars from the 1970s through today, I can't think of many who could just come out and hold the stage by her presence alone, and didn't have to kick the sky, hold a balance forever, or do double fouettes in both directions to get attention. Perhaps Elisabeth Platel and Isabel Guerin of the Paris Opera (not to slight other Parisians; there are some, like Loudieres, whom I didn't see enough to judge).
Posted 17 November 2001 - 02:54 PM
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Posted 17 November 2001 - 04:13 PM
Please stick to the topic (begging, humbly.)
Posted 17 November 2001 - 11:33 PM
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Posted 18 November 2001 - 11:55 AM
I'd also like to add a couple more names from the RB - Miyako Yoshida demonstrates a great respect for the stage. Her dancing is beautiful without being showy. The word arrogance just isn't in her vocabulary.
I wonder if men could come under these descriptions as well. I can think of no more than a couple from this side of the Atlantic.
[ November 18, 2001: Message edited by: sylvia ]
Posted 19 November 2001 - 03:23 AM
I can think of several other performers who might fairly fit Glebb's description, but Ringer was the only one who came to mind spontaneously...
P.S. I thought I had outgrown craving to see dancers whom I have little or no chance of seeing (though I vaguely regret having seen so very little of Guillem over the years) -- but, goodness, I think that if I do not have a chance to see Alina Cojocaru sometime in the next few years I will become a very desperate ballet fan...
Posted 19 November 2001 - 01:52 PM
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Posted 19 November 2001 - 04:30 PM
Both have a humorous quality that only adds to their stage personas.
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