Albrecht's Entrechats sixes
Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:46 AM
Posted 10 November 2011 - 06:24 AM
Posted 10 November 2011 - 06:31 AM
Is there any particular mark that you’re putting on “Giselle” tomorrow night?
The most prominent change that I’ve made in “Giselle” with the Bolshoi Theater is that in Act II Albrecht, my character, is begging for his life. Myrtha, who is the queen of the Wilis — I’ve come into her forest and she’s going to make me dance to my death. And I’m begging for my life. There’s a scene in what we call the coda, where he comes out in a diagonal — a shooting diagonal, begging — doing these things called brisé. And you do a set, and then you run back and you do another set. So, there’s that version.
But there’s another version that’s done primarily through Europe and in America, where the Albrecht comes out center stage and he does these beats — a series of beats called entrechat six.
And you do 24 or 32 and you do them over and over and you just keep going and going. And it’s really hard and it’s really tiring. And that’s not the Bolshoi version. And that’s what I will do.
Posted 10 November 2011 - 01:40 PM
In a later interview, Nureyev said he would do 24, and if the audience wasn't clapping, he would stop, but if they were, he would do 32.
Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:34 PM
Posted 10 November 2011 - 05:34 PM
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