Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:37 AM
Sorry about the snarkiness -- and I admit it, that's a fair cop, I did say it snarky.
But o god where did I read this, somewhere: Balanchine said that the only male dancer who had real plastic possibilities was Lifar -- otherwise, it was only women whose bodies were proportioned right and were flexible enough for their positions to be really beautiful. but Lifar had one-in-a-million looks. balanchine himself was rather short with a big head and he knew it.
Re Apollo -- the rest of hte argument is that the shortened Apollo is like a classic torso -- it only suited the really classical dancers (of whom Boal was one, along with Martins) but with Martins's legendary pallor and coldness onstage, the "character" parts of the ballet (including the Graham floor-writhing, the Charleston steps of the handmaids, and the baby Apollo's first steps) were out of keeping with hte values the dancer could project.
Hubbe looks to me like someone who could manage both -- he and Kistler are like children, so warm, endearing, playful. he can do the noble thing, and so can she, so the performance -- even just those 30 seconds -- is astonishingly rich, almost paradoxical. Gods and muses must have been kids once too -- though the only myths I know about such are about the childhood of Krishna.