Peasant pas or not?
Posted 25 April 2001 - 05:56 PM
[ 04-25-2001: Message edited by: BalletNut ]
Posted 25 April 2001 - 06:09 PM
In the Nat'l. Ballet of Canada production they made it a pas de quatre, which was quite nice, actually. Since there are two female and two male variations, that works out rather well.
Posted 25 April 2001 - 06:42 PM
I also think it detracts from the classical dancing that's in the act (there isn't anything big and showy besides the solo Victoria mentioned, which is a much latter addition by Petipa, but both Albrecht and Giselle dance in the first act). I think the lore is that, at the premiere, two of the Opera's leading dancers pressed for part of the action, as it were. I've read that version, at any rate; don't know if it's true.
In ABT's current production, they have a little bit of mime that helps set it up -- Giselle is very eager to dance for Bathilde, but her mother holds her back and gestures to her two friends, who do the honors in her stead. In that production, and the old David Blair one, the ppd dancers are introduced at the beginning, the first time the villagers come in. The two who will dance the pas de deux sit on the bench for an instant; my guess is this is a later addition.
I've enjoyed performances of the ppd -- I loved Marianna Tcherkassky in it -- but when it's over, I'm always jarred back to the story.
Posted 25 April 2001 - 10:54 PM
Posted 26 April 2001 - 05:45 AM
Whatever primary evidence may emerge about the nature of Nathalie Fitzjames and her "first-refusal contract", at least the use of a divertissement for the purpose of adding a breather before giving the audience a little jar with "hey! Pay attention! Here goes the story again!" is perfectly in tune with its time.
Posted 26 April 2001 - 06:20 AM
Posted 26 April 2001 - 10:46 AM
It's odd that that one got dropped, isn't it? Although in the 19th century, one often reads complaints that there was "too much dancing" in this or that ballet.
Posted 26 April 2001 - 11:44 AM
Posted 26 April 2001 - 12:17 PM
Posted 26 April 2001 - 03:26 PM
Posted 25 October 2004 - 12:01 PM
Does anyone know of a recording which includes the peasant pas de deux?
(I mean a CD or some other audio recording, not a video or DVD; it is the music I want)
Posted 25 October 2004 - 05:15 PM
Posted 25 October 2004 - 05:39 PM
as you may know this is a budget label so if it's still in print it shouldn't be too expensive.
there are doubtless other recordings which others can recommend and specify.
Posted 26 October 2004 - 07:17 AM
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