The Russian Back
Posted 15 January 2006 - 03:58 PM
Contrast this with Irina Dvorovenko, whose also bent backwards at an extremely sharp angle. But her entire spine is curved. This is what I'm talking about -- most ballerinas have a supple back, but the Russian-trained ballerinas have that curved spine that, as I said, resembles a crescent moon.
More comparisons of the same position:
All similar positions, but you can see how Bussell and Guillem essentially keep their spines straight, while Novikova's has a strong arch.
And carbro, my dog certainly adopts that posture, along with huge sad eyes, that scream, "I love you, I adore you, and I'd love you that much more if you gave me a bite of that steak."
Don't believe me. Look here.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 08:45 PM
canbelto, on Jan 15 2006, 06:58 PM, said:Gelsey Kirkland. In all fairness, Novikova's photographer did not ask her to face the camera and smile.
canbelto, on Jan 15 2006, 06:58 PM, said:
Editing to add links: Voici!. Et viola! Obviously, the dogs' backs are not arched, but their tender undersides are exposed. That was the analogy I was trying to draw.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 09:00 PM
carbro, on Jan 16 2006, 04:45 AM, said:
And Novikova's image is from a performance, while Kirkland's is a studio shot.
Posted 15 January 2006 - 10:10 PM
Posted 15 January 2006 - 11:06 PM
The second picture is one I found by googling "cambré" in Google Images. It's from a dance school's website somewhere in the U.S. These girls look to be at least 13 -14, too. The difference is not only in the backbend but in the fifth position. By that age, for students who aspire to dance professionally, the fifth position should be tightly closed and fully turned out. Perhaps these dancers are recreational. I am not judging them, only comparing training techniques. Also, none of these girls are lifted off their legs. It's all in the training. (Note the juxtaposition of the photo of the dancer on the studio wall.)
Posted 16 January 2006 - 04:56 AM
Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:10 AM
But can anyone tell me ... when did this "trend" start? Maya Plisetskaya was the first ballerina where I could really notice it, but it must have started earlier.
Posted 16 January 2006 - 01:07 PM
carbro, on Jan 16 2006, 08:36 PM, said:
With all the ice skating I've been watching , at a quick glance I thought it was a skater going into a Beilman!
Posted 16 January 2006 - 03:25 PM
Alla Sizova 1
Alla Sizova 2
Posted 21 January 2006 - 06:15 AM
What a charming picture of Cojocaru, Canbelto! Are there any more pictures of her on that website? (Tried to find some, but couldn't even find the one you posted this link to)
Posted 21 January 2006 - 09:48 AM
Ostrich, on Jan 21 2006, 02:15 PM, said:
Yes, there are. They are lovely.
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