Question #6: Entrechats or Brises?
Posted 17 April 2001 - 10:36 PM
Which do you like? Or should Albrecht just be (mysteriously) off in the wings. (The question of, if Albrecht can fly off with Giselle into the wings, why doesn't he just get the heck out of there, could perhaps be a different topic.)
Posted 18 April 2001 - 01:17 AM
I don't really prefer any of the two, as long as the result is the same: exhaustion (and not like Baryshnikov who continues to look like an athlete...).
It's also quite important that there is an interplay between Albrecht and Myrtha at this point. She commands him to dance.
In the recent Giselles from the Kirov I saw there was none. Most of the Albrechts performed their diagonals of "brisés" like madmen, without ever waiting for Myrtha's signal to continue. It looked downright silly to see Myrtha raise her arm when Albrecht was already gone.
Posted 18 April 2001 - 03:11 AM
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Posted 18 April 2001 - 09:28 AM
I prefer entrechats six to brisés (probably because I'm better at them myself), but I also saw a combination of double sauts de basque to the knee, facing Myrtha. Each time he lands, she tells him to get up and dance some more.
And Albrecht can't just run away once he is in the wings because he's following Giselle, who must return to Myrtha and her grave.
Posted 18 April 2001 - 09:30 AM
One of my best Nureyev memories is of his entrechats in the National Ballet of Canada's production (I think it was Bruhn's). As he continued, his chest and shoulders sagged, yet the legs seemed to beat even faster, conveying quite clearly that his body was enchanted.
(I definitely agree about the tendency of some to turn this into a trick and forget about Myrtha.)
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