Albrecht's charadeHow long would it last, and have ended?
Posted 05 March 2009 - 02:04 PM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 04:11 PM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:23 PM
The cad Albrecht (Nureyev, Bruhn) planned to move on, I think. For the True Lover Albrecht (Dowell and Baryshhikov, of those I've seen) things would be more complex. He might have set her up in a house and the relationship would continue.
On the fourth hand , there's the key to the Romantic personality: like James, if they touch their dream, it dies. If they reach the mountain, there's another, better mountain across the river.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:27 PM
Maybe this is a "fifth hand" to add to Alexandra's list of alternative interpretations?
I think one would have to be a Romanticist beyond the call of duty to imagine the relationship working out, at least as it is first presented in Act I. It's a lark, a sowing of wild oats, an example of risk-taking, and a "great time" -- so long as things are going well.
He doesn't have to be a cad; he's more of a kid. This is consistent with Baryshnikov's interpretation, since even kids can recognize that they may be in over their heads. And kids can have attacks of conscience now and then.
What about Albrecht's Act II transformation? I tend to think that his love for Giselle is something created by the suddenness, shock and finality of her death. Albrecht comes to appreciate the value of what he might have had with Giselle only after he has lost it -- or thrown it away as the result of his duplicity.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:31 PM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 10:18 PM
A modern scenario might have Albrecht dutifully marrying Bathilde and keeping Giselle on the side, but she could never be a Romantic heroine under such circumstance.
Posted 06 March 2009 - 07:09 AM
Mozart operas (late 1700s) often included someone "on the side", especially if there were a Lord of the Manor. Then again, the Romantic Age was a bit later.
One of the beautiful facts about stories true to human nature is that there are often a number of possible interpretations, so we can learn more about ourselves by discussing and re-viewing them.
Posted 06 March 2009 - 02:45 PM
Re: the happy ending in Prokofiev's score, which Morris followed:
I wonder if we'd conclude the same if Albrecht had never been discovered.
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