Question #4: The circle
Posted 15 April 2001 - 06:26 PM
Posted 15 April 2001 - 10:07 PM
[ 04-15-2001: Message edited by: Drew ]
Posted 16 April 2001 - 01:03 AM
The Wilis circle I always thought was because they can't touch Giselle and Albrecht who are together INSIDE the magic circle - the wilis can only get at them if they are apart - but they aren't powerful enough to keep them apart for long. Myrtha only has the power to make Albrecht continue to dance.
There's another circle of sorts: the corps girls make the spokes of a wheel and rotate around in a circle - they are actually in concentric circles. Albrecht and Giselle are on the outside of opposite spokes and are trying to "catch" each other - but can't until the "circle" breaks up. So the girls who represent "ordinary" life are on the inside, while Giselle and Albrecht, who are about to be excluded from ordinary life are on the outside.
Circles are very powerful: there is an inside and an outside, but there is no beginning or end. What a choreographer does with them can be far more interesting than straight lines of any kind.
As a total non-sequitur, but it's always made me giggle: there's a feature of the circulatory system in the brain called "the circle of Willis" It was the one part of the anatomy of the brain I never had a problem learning!
Posted 16 April 2001 - 07:04 PM
Posted 16 April 2001 - 07:12 PM
Posted 16 April 2001 - 08:30 PM
Posted 16 April 2001 - 09:16 PM
Posted 16 April 2001 - 09:24 PM
I think, though, that the circles are beyond taste and time, and were quite consciously used because pagan rituals were circular. (One fascinating little tidbit I learned from my first dance history class was that patrilinear societies have linear shapes -- long houses, villages with streets in rows, and dancers in straight lines -- while matrilinear societies have circular shapes -- circular houses, all of the houses arranged in a circle around the campfire, and circular dances.) But French choreographers would have known about Maypole and other rural dances and there was so much research into the European pagan past as part of Romanticism, I think this was quite deliberate.
Posted 17 April 2001 - 01:19 AM
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