Posted 15 August 2001 - 04:45 PM
My daughter just got a "Great Pas de Deux" video which includes K. dancing in "Sleeping Beauty" with Sergei Berezhnoi. I was sorely disappointed! Granted, I'm a neophyte when it comes to understanding the details of ballet. There may be some quality she had IN HER DAY that was unusual but because I'm not familiar enough with ballet history, I'm not seeing it. I DO know that I love what little I've seen of Fonteyn, for instance.
In this Kolpakova/Berezhnoi pas de deux, I found her to have an excessively stiff upper body. Her head, neck, shoulders and back weren't the least bit expressive. And she had a set amateurish smile (reminded me of your "ballerina polish" thread) plastered on her face the whole time which made me feel almost as though she weren't really "there" but going through the motions. I don't know where, in her career, to place this dance. Was it early on? Late in her career? Was she nursing an injury?
Posted 15 August 2001 - 05:03 PM
[ 08-15-2001: Message edited by: pmeja ]
Posted 15 August 2001 - 06:48 PM
Posted 15 August 2001 - 07:11 PM
I think there are so few classical ballerinas dancing today -- classical in the sense that Kolpakova and Fonteyn were classical, in the sense of employ, not good, bad or indifferent -- that they don't appeal to those who've grown up on Romantic and/or neoclassical ballerinas (the willow trees and the high kickers). I see a bit of Kolpakova in Lezhnina (who's Aurora is available on video, I believe). This may be fanciful, as I didn't see the older ballerina in her prime. But there's the same crystalline purity that, to me, is right for Aurora. I like the little pieces of video I've seen of Sizova as well, but I do not believe it's possible to make a judgment about a dancer based on only seeing them on video.
Posted 15 August 2001 - 07:22 PM
Posted 15 August 2001 - 07:33 PM
This kind of chemistry is very difficult to see on the video, but try to believe me, she was one of the few.
Posted 15 August 2001 - 09:45 PM
Posted 16 August 2001 - 10:27 AM
I wish I could've seen her during her prime. While I know that videos never do justice to the real performance, I'd still be interested in any recommendations any of you can make.
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