Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:08 AM
What character is dancing it? where in the ballet does it come? who was it choreographed by? what is the dances' meaning? I bought a DVD of Paris Opera performing Paquita but it is not on the dvd and I couldn't even find the music with a different dance to it!
Posted 26 September 2011 - 05:09 AM
The POB DVD of the full-length Paquita by Lacotte would not have this or any other interpolated solo in the Act III Grand Pas. POB includes solos for only Paquita herself (the 'jete variation' which was created by Petipa/Minkus for an early-1880s revival of the full Paquita ballet) & for Lucien.
I hope that this helps.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:31 PM
Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:16 PM
Dancing with this kind of lighting -- a stark white figure against a black background and on a black floor -- is very exposing as to line, etc. Everything is etched. No fudging, no blurring.
Her sense of timing made me feel that her body was actually CREATING the music, not just responding to it.
Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:12 AM
So it is not Paquita herself dancing? Then who might it be and what is she 'saying'? I am performing this variation and I feel I need to know what I am dancing about!
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 05:44 PM
There aren't that many characters IN Paquita to fill up all the variations which CAN be tipped into this "Grand Pas" (which never happens in the original scenario, anyway).
I see it just as in Raymonda...lots and lots of courtiers and family members and friends dancing around in a wedding party. I never felt the need to know their names or what their specific link with the main character was to find their celebratory dancing completely logical and certainly non-plotless. There's a wedding party going on and everyone dances, family and friends...just as we do in 2011.
Now, a weirder, harder example to determine could be, let's say, the "demi-girl" in Scotch Symphony... Plotless or not...? "real" character or not..? Effie's nemesis or just a girl who happens to be a reminder of Effie in a ballet that happens to have another girl dressed in a Sylph-like costume interacting with a boy who happens to be a James-look alike...? Why is she dancing and why is this "character" so smily and happy...?
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