Who are (or were) the glamour ladies of ballet?
Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:19 AM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:44 AM
The same for Fonteyn, who is utterly glamorous, beautiful, even though not with a body like Sizova which just throws off animal spirits with a carefree abandon that even upstaged Nureyev in that Corsaire film IMO (I've never seen THAT glamour-icon upstaged any other time. No wonder he wasn't exactly thrilled with sharing a flat with her...). Paul Parish once mentioned how much the young Fonteyn resembled the queen of England when still a princess. Yes. And the queen of England is glamorous. Anyone who has seen her in person knows that middle-cult wardrobe is a clever disguise--it's not easy to inhabit a lot of palaces these days, and she knows how to turn on the Royal Glamour quite as well as she uses that amusing 'royal wave' thing.
Edited to add: I believe that was Harry Cohn for Judy Holliday and Mayer for Turner. Sorry, I'd forgotten who was so hateful to Judy.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:52 AM
Also, the very last ballets that she danced well into the 90's, were strange creations of her own that primarly focused in female characters greater than life. It was sort of like she was trying to portray her own life onstage trough Maria Callas, Cassiopeia, Cleopatra and some others. The ballets were just a vehicle to show her being carried from side to side in extravagant costumes and makeup. They looked all more or less like this.
Of course, we all loved them.
It's interesting nobody has mentioned Dame Markova...
Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:04 PM
Leslie Caron I would not think of glamourous, but of having a certain charm, at least in Daddy Long Legs, American in Paris and Lilli. I agree with Patrick that Rita Hayworth had some vulnerability that checked her glamour. In "Lady from Shanghai" Welles seems to want to make turn it up full blast and then selfishly deromanticize it.
At New York City Ballet Roma Sosenko was always all out charm, and Irma Nioradze in Don Quixote in Berkeley last fall seemed 3/5 glamour and 2/5 charm, each element using the other for some of its effect. Suzanne Farrell I would think of as having a cool and sly charm.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:18 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:40 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:27 PM
Her infinite variety: other women cloy
The appetites they feed: but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies.
I have a question about glamour as it applies to ballet particularly. Are there particular balletic skills that give the impression of "glamour" (and/or charm) on stage. Do the dancers mentioned above have similarities as to body type -- or the way they move. The dancers I'm thinking of were multi-talented, but each of them had the ability to give weight to their movements -- and to command close attention.
I'm thinking of things like the creamy push of an arm to arabesque -- the perfectly controlled lifting of the extended leg to the side while the unsupported body stands secure and serene -- self-confidence and variety in the use of eyes -- mastery of epaulement -- hands that are expressive but never fussy. Even in allegro, these dancers project the qualities of concentration that other dancers usually muster only in adagio.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:38 PM
Oh, good heavens yes there has to be 'some self-awareness of sexuality', which IMO she had IN SPADES, but I don't think there has to be a 'willingness to use it', which she most certainly would not, at least overtly or casually. I saw her more in the 70s-80s period, but by then it could show without management intrusion, of course. On the other hand, I can't speak much for the period in which you saw her, having seen only one performance toward the end of that period, but this may also have to do with our separate perceptions of what signifies 'sexuality' as well. This was a self-possessed sexuality if there ever was one, like Garbo's maybe, although I prefer Martha Graham's or Marlene Dietrich's approach if I do say so me-self. There is also one picture of her as a child of maybe 11, and she is already just exuding sensuality all over the place, I think it's one leaning to the side on her elbow, I forget now. So by now that makes at least two of us who see her that way.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:51 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:54 PM
Tanny LeClercq is another very glamorous star from the past.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:55 PM
Totally agree, she is amazing in 'Diamonds', and while musical in 'Tzigane', it also needs someone a little more worldly, just as does the Striptease Girl.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:58 PM
Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:33 PM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 08:11 AM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 01:35 PM
I started watching NYCB after she left the company. Photos -- especially those taken by Jerome Robbins -- convey some of her beauty (inner as much as outer) and charisma. The film of Afternoon of a Faun, with d'Amboise, is a stunner. At one point her eye is drawn to her own image in the mirror. She pauses, turns her head, and looks into the mirror. She seems hypnotized as she gazes at her reflection. I have often thought: "A lot of men would KILL at get a beautiful woman to look at them that way." Talk about magnetic !!
Makarovafan -- do didn't mention .... Makarova! What can you tell us about her?
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