Favorite pas de deux?
Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:47 AM
Also, the betrothal pdd from Bayadere, especially Gamzatti's variation.
Posted 27 August 2009 - 11:50 AM
Posted 27 August 2009 - 03:40 PM
Oh, yes ! How could I have forgotten something so unforgettable?
Greatly stretching, and technically breaking, the definition of a pas de deux, I love "The Unanswered Question" section of Balanchine's "Ivesiana."
In the world of Romeo and Juliet and Siegfried and Odette, is it really a pas de deux when the man cannot make contact with the woman; the woman appears to be unaware of his existence; and four expressionless men in black manipulate her and keep her from touching the ground? Why not? Or, if not a pas de deux, how about "anti-pas de deux" (like anti-matter)?
Thanks, kfw, you bring back images of Allegra Kent epecially, but also Margaret Tracey later on.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 04:45 PM
Swan Lake: Pas de deux in the second act. This is a classic and it beautifully shows the despair and love between Siegfried & Odette. In the version from Nureyev, there's another beautiful pas de deux in the last act, danced on the music which was originally used for the pas de six in the third act.
Those two definitely come to mind
Posted 06 January 2010 - 08:37 PM
Mine is the pas de deux from 'The Leaves Are Fading'.
I've said this before, but I have to mention it again because I just came back from seeing the NYCB Midsummer Night's Dream. The 2nd act pas de deux - Divertissement. I think it's one of the best ever created. In fact for me, it is like a great work of Bach in that it feels so inevitable that it seems to be revealed not created. Few pieces of dance move me like this pas de deux does.
Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:16 PM
Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:28 PM
The Step PDD from Emeralds
Divertissement PDD from A Midsummer Night Dream
Second PPD from Stravinsky Volin Concerto
Afternoon of a Faun
Leaves are Fading
Balcony PDD from Romeo and Juliet
Bedroom PDD from Manon
Final PDD from A Month in the Country
Oberon and Titania from The Dream
PDD from After the Rain. There's a video on YouTube with Damian Smith and Yuan Yuan Tan from San Francisco Ballet that is simply breathtaking!!
Nuages - I discovered this on YouTube. Beautifully profound.
And of course the following...
Black Swan PDD
Giselle PDD - Second Act
Sleeping Beauty Grand PDD
The Shades PDD from La Bayadere
Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:20 AM
Oh yes and the final pdd of Cranko's Onegin is DIVINE! The emotion in it when Onegin grovels at Tatiana's feet and then she sends him away. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry!!!!
Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:01 PM
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