Who was the Greatest Dying Swan?
Posted 23 March 2001 - 12:24 AM
Sometimes, for me anyway, it's a little too easy to overact, and I'll not be able to manage those boneless arms. When I overexert my arm carriage, my shoulders may rise and the blades may stick out from my back. So for a young girl's sake (I'm to perform D. Swan at our Spring Concert, and if I can find a tape, I could learn) -- who never left the stage without a single dry eye in the audience?
"When I get onto stage, I think, I'm dancing on my grave."
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Posted 23 March 2001 - 06:46 AM
Posted 23 March 2001 - 09:10 AM
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Posted 23 March 2001 - 09:17 PM
Many years later I saw the Dying Swan performed by a beautiful Cuban ballerina named Lydia Diaz-Cruz. She was the closest I have ever seen to Pliesetskaya.
This is, as you well know, Lukayev, a very special role. I have never seen it danced by someone of your age, and I really wonder if someone 14 should even be attempting roles such as this, or Odile (which you mentioned in another thread that you are doing), even just the variation. They are roles for a mature ballerina, and even those young dancers with as much intelligence and savy as you seem to have must be severely challenged by not only the technique, but the artistry and emotional maturity required for these two solos.
Posted 24 March 2001 - 01:20 AM
But this is one question about ballet history that allows of a dogmatic answer. Without question -- the greatest Dying Swan was Anna Pavlova.
Posted 26 March 2001 - 04:58 PM
Lukayev, if you are having trouble stabilizing your scapula, you need to do special exercises to strengthen the muscles responsible. One of the reasons the Russian arms look so wonderful is that they are taught from the beginning that arms do not start at the shoulder joint - they start with the scapula - and as muscles attach the scapula to the spine, you can say that the arms start at the spine. The muscles you particularly want to work on are the middle and lower trapezius. Go see a physical therapist. He/she can show you some simple exercises you can do to strengthen this area. Scapular stabilization is very important for achieving beautiful arms.
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