Natalia

Royal Ballet in Washington, DC, June 2009

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.....In the play, Natalya Petrovna is actually 29......

So Ansanelli IS the exact age of Natalia Petrovna. That is my main point. So much for people writing that Ansanelli is "too young" for the role. :wallbash: Thank you, Leonid.

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Regardless of the dancer's actual age, isn't it most important that she be able to "project" the appropriate age for the part? Like many ballet dancers, Ansanelli appears (onstage, anyway--I haven't seen her in person) rather younger than she really is. As much as I enjoyed her dancing, I really thought she came across more as a young woman than a mature, married lady with a 12-year-old son.

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Regardless of the dancer's actual age, isn't it most important that she be able to "project" the appropriate age for the part?
Thank you! Ballet is not a literal art. You do not cast a ballet the same way you cast a film. You find a dancer who can, through movement, hit the right emotional notes and relate appropriately to the other characters.

If necessary, go to the make-up box. And if necessary, have the dancer change her/his posture, but then, we're again talking about movement.

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