Posted 19 November 1998 - 11:39 PM
I'm going to put up a "Favorite Men" and "Favorite Women" thread, too, if anyone was holding back, worried that his/her favorite wasn't a Great One. Feel free. (And these threads will never expire.)
But on this thread, please nominate your favorite partnership, or reminisce about any great partnership you were privileged to see.
Posted 20 November 1998 - 11:06 AM
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Posted 23 November 1998 - 03:39 AM
Maximova and Vassiliev (Bolshoi)
Sibley and Dowell (Royal Ballet)
Fonteyn and Nureeyev (Royal Ballet)
Thesmar and Denard (Paris Opera)
Loudieres and Legris (Paris Opera)
Maybe they are some of the most legendary...
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Posted 25 November 1998 - 01:30 AM
Funny, but the three Great Partners I'd nominate weren't really part of Great Partnerships, to me, in the same way as Olivier's List. My three Great Partners are Ivan Nagy, Peter Martins, and Arne Villumsen. I loved sitting close and watching them work, watching their hands. Although I saw Nagy/Makarova and Farrell/Martins dozens of times and I know they're great, I never saw a performance where I thought their souls fused. I didn't see Villumsen enough (but his Onegin, with Heidi Ryom, was incredible; only Danes would maintain eye contact during a running over-the-head crotch-hold lift) to note more than the partnering skill.
One of the greatest partnering performances I ever saw was Gelsey Kirkland and Anthony Dowell in the snow scene of Baryshnikov's production of Nutcracker. They actually seemed to fall in love on the stage -- not as Clara and the Prince, but as dancers, as though they were discovering each other and what they could do and fell in love because they were so absolutely sublime.
Posted 02 December 1998 - 01:09 PM
I wish I had more opportunities to see Legris and
Loudieres together (I only saw them in Neumeier's "Sylvia").
I've read Jacques Garnier had created a special dance
piece for Denard and Thesmar in the early 80s, called "A coeur ouvert", about an "old" couple of dance partners and all its problems. I wish
I had seen it.
Among the present POB dancers, perhaps one could add Hilaire and Guerin, and Letestu and Martinez.
Pietragalla and Belarbi used to dance together quite often, but now it seldom
happens, I don't know why.
Posted 03 December 1998 - 02:10 AM
Manuel and Monique are fabulous together...Their personalities really compliment each other !
Posted 03 December 1998 - 01:23 PM
As far as I know, there are at least two other couples "in real life and on stage" at the POB: Lionel Delanoe and Delphine Moussin, both "premiers danseurs" (but Delanoe was severly injured a few seasons ago, and I haven't had real opportunities to see them together since then), and Nicolas Le Riche and Claire-Marie Osta (but he's a principal and she's "only" a soloist, so she isn't given much opportunities to dance with him).
Posted 03 December 1998 - 09:28 PM
In rehearsal you know the other person so much that you push each other to the extreme (you also help each other), which makes the process quite interesting !
Sorry I don't have much time to elaborate...I am on my way to one of my Nutcracker show...
Posted 04 December 1998 - 10:14 AM
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