Questions on Simone/Kronstam Sleeping Beauty pdd(Voice of Firestone, 1963)
Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:21 PM
(1) The fish-dives: Kirsten Simone's legs during the pose are pointing higher up than I ever recall seeing them -- almost vertical, in fact. Was this something characteristic of the Danish style at the time? Was it peculiar to Simone (and possibly Kronstam)? Have others performed this particular pose in the same way?
(2) The tempo: this is the peppiest Sleeping Beauty pdd I've ever seen. (Others -- including an ABT performance I saw last season -- seem positively sluggish in comparison.)
Both dancers handle the speed easily and with great precision. Was the tempo possibly selected to highlight particular allegro strengths of the dancers. What should the tempo be at this point in the ballet? IS speed really desirable or appropriate? (I love it in this particular video, but am not sure how it would come across in the context of the full ballet.)
Posted 07 July 2009 - 12:34 PM
Posted 07 July 2009 - 05:47 PM
From several videos, both of Western and Russian performances of that period, I think the tempi were faster generally before the 1970s. There's one Bayadere Shades from about 1940 that's positively peppy. As we've become obsessed with line and stretching and extensions, we've slowed down.
I'd point out one aspect of Kronstam's dancing on this tape that it took me several viewings before I saw it, and then I became fascinated by it -- watch his arms, the way they cross the chest, and how musical the arm movements are.
Posted 08 July 2009 - 01:23 PM
PS --There's NOTHNIG of Henning Kronstam on Youtube. Now what's up with that????
Posted 08 July 2009 - 01:36 PM
I wish someone could answer Paul's:
Posted 08 July 2009 - 05:01 PM
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