"Sylphide": rare footage from 1903.Ellen Price, from the Royal Danish Ballet.
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I would say her technique is excellent! She is so light and delicate.
I agree. The lack of tension in her upper body while executing allegro work is lovely. Wow over 100 years ago!! I had never heard of this dancer.
A big thanks to cubanmiamiboy, I love this stuff too.
Posted 20 November 2008 - 09:18 PM
This clip was already fascinating, but after reading this I need to watch it again! Thanks for enlightening.
And she's in her mid-40s and dancing wearing several layers of closing, and in a corset
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Posted 21 November 2008 - 06:30 AM
i've now attached a scan of an undated postcard, which may or may not be vintage, of Ellen Price de Plane.
Posted 21 November 2008 - 10:53 AM
I have a question: what do you think about the upper body (corset aside), especially epaulement and arms.
For example, there are a couple of movements of hand to face, relatively slowly, which are lovely. But as for the rest, she appears to be throwing her arms out and up without much control or grace. I can't really see the shoulders (what with the costume and the long hair), but the impression (for me) is of stiffness and lack of subtlety.
I'm puzzled and need guidance.
Fro instance, does her upper body represent the way all or most Bournonville dancers moved during that period? How or why did things change in later years?
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In the faster sections, however -- such as the ballote-looking steps from side to side, or the tours n l'air with beats to the rear -- it seems a different story. Wouldn't dancers today strive to have their arms and shoulders disguise the strain of jumping more than Price is doing?
Posted 21 November 2008 - 12:15 PM
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