I am in the middle of watching the Nuryev version of Don Q on VHS tape. I am so far not impressed with the ballet, but I am amazed by Nuryev. I have heard so much about his footwork and speed, but I have never heard about how secure he was in lifting and assisting his partner in turning. Does he place his hand further in front of the waist and ribs than others, and is this the reason for the sense of security and ease? His partnering seems so secure and effortless. Usually, I see hands twisting and turning at the waist, but not with RN. Also, he seems so small, but lifts with such fluidity, strength, and ease.
Can you identify the time marker for the place you're looking at? I don't notice anything distinctive here about what he's doing with his hands, but perhaps I'm just not seeing it.
I can't even fix the tracking. I am lucky I can turn it on and off. Time = flash 12 flash 12. LOL.
Honestly, it is throughout.
I find it strange that he kicks and lifts his leg higher than his female partner, and don't know if that is variance in skill or intentional. The female looks sloppy, weak and/or constrained compared to him. Also, a lot of the turns involve semi-open legs, which seems unfinished, but, as in other dances, can be intentional. It is jarring, though.