Snow Queen Pas de DeuxOrigin and accuracy of the choreography.
Posted 16 July 2007 - 02:35 PM
Any info will be very appreciated.
Posted 16 July 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 16 July 2007 - 04:14 PM
Posted 19 July 2007 - 10:26 AM
Thanks for your clarification, Mel. I have great memories of this beautiful piece of choreography, and would love to see it again-(it won't be here in Miami, as MCB has Balanchine's version).
Is there any DVD that contains this Pas...?
Posted 19 July 2007 - 04:12 PM
Posted 19 July 2007 - 04:38 PM
What about the Snow PDD from the Nutcracker on the Dambois DVD with Melissa Hayden? Is this the same piece?
Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:15 PM
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:00 AM
It's a fascinating topic, which brought some questions to mind ----
Given the proliferation of videos on YouTube, have any examples of this version been posted there in the last few years?
Does BNdeC still perform this Alonso version?
Is it a good idea, or a kind of over-kill, to have a formal pdd at this point in the story and music? My own hunch is that it would slow the action and detract from the subsequent Sugar Plum Fairy pdd.
Posted 02 September 2010 - 08:22 AM
Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:28 PM
Definitely. Mme always said that the three things she had reproduced with no changes from Fedorova's take during her BT/BRM years had been the Snow Queen PDD, the SPF PDD and the Three Ivans/Trepak.
I strongly believes that it works but then remember that I-(as probably the majority of Cubans who grew up with Fedorova's)-am used to see this ballet in the same level as the other T/P's. Having a "formal" PDD in both acts with two Primeras Bailarinas-(plus Clara, another dancing character usually done by a First Soloist or a Principal)-definitely helps a lot to conform to this notion, plus having that old dilemma of "having to wait to the second act to see some classical dancing" resolved. Actually, the Snow Queen/Sugar Plum Fairy/Clara affair became the reason for which I saw so many times this ballet..who will dance what...? who will be better..? who will outshine who...? This is an old, well thought formula that ALWAYS works, as it does with Giselle/Myrtha or Aurora/Lilac.
In general, I HATE to get bored at the ballet, and this character's inclusion in the Cuban version definitely makes for an exciting Act I...and for a more motivated Fairy in Act II...I think...
No by Alonso's company, but there are clips by SFB and some other troups. I found some of pics of the Cuban version though...
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