A Portrait of Giselle
Posted 08 April 2011 - 10:09 AM
Posted 08 April 2011 - 06:01 PM
Posted 08 April 2011 - 09:23 PM
I love the sequences with Karsavina. She's quite feisty still and my favorite moment of the film is when she describes Giselle as the "holy" ballet.
...and when she reminisces about Vaganova-("it was a disaster!"-her Giselle)-and Pavlova-("I was in tears"-on their rivalries). Quite a charming lady. Actually all the ladies being interviewed show a remarkable allure and class, each of them with a little different touch that I'm sure went on to color their portrays. Chauvire and her great sense of wittiness and self security, Alonso, always showy, dramatic, centered and pointing her foot even while being interviewed, Markova...just epitomizing what an English Dame should look like and talk like, divine Spessistzeva still in her sleeping while mixing both French and English in her conversation-("yes...MY solo"), just as I guess was the rigeur during her Giselle days; Fracci, very fresh and sparkling just as the Giselle in her film and Makarova, the one who inherited the very essence of the Russian school-("I like my body to sing...Kirov training"). I wish they would have make McBride's appearance more interesting, for which it is very obvious-(almost painful to watch)- how she really falls way behind during her talking parts when compared to the rest of the women.
Posted 08 April 2011 - 10:23 PM
IYes, that's right. I also saw Spessivtseva for the first time in this film and she was a revelation even though the clips were so poor.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:07 AM
divine Spessistzeva still in her sleeping while mixing both French and English in her conversation-("yes...MY solo"), just as I guess was the rigeur during her Giselle days
i visited olga spessivtseva some years after that. by that time you could no longer speak english to her and the only way i could speak to her was to speak in french, she responded in russian and the nurse attendant would translate what she said into english back to me.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:14 AM
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:35 AM
Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:32 PM
So who choreographed her solo?
Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:58 PM
After I looked at these comments I went back to several of the threads on the ballet, trying to figure out if anyone has attributed Spissetseva's solo to a particular choreographer. There are so many threads and so many comments that I really couldn't untangle the mystery.
So who choreographed her solo?
I thought more convenient to move this answer to one of the threads on the Pas Seul, so I took it here...
Posted 12 April 2011 - 02:57 AM
Alas, the user has removed the video .
Yes, unfortunately, this user very often removes the video only a day or even hours after posting. If I have no time to view it right when I first find it, it is gone. -sigh-
Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:29 PM
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