Pas de dix
Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:45 PM
So why is it called a Pas de dix?
Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:04 PM
It seems to me that the actual pas de dix may be the earlier portion of the larger Pas Classique Hongrois, before the other couples arrive. The last time I saw this, by Paris Opera Ballet, this was the way it was done. In this pas de dix the 5 couples dance in unison; Jean and Raymonda dance alone; Raymonda is partnered briefly by each of the other 4 men; the 4 men have a variation, as do the women. It is a real "pas de dix," followed by an the arrival of more and more dancers, culminating in the grand finale.
A quick Google reveals that many, many sources on the internet are just repeating the rather opaque Wikipedia article on Raymonda:
This implies that both terms refer to the same thing, which can't be right.
I'm looking forward to what our experts say.
I know that Balanchine choroegraphed a ballet called Pas de Dix in the 1950s, a grand divertissement which did indeed have only ten dancers: 5 women, 5 men. His 1973 Cortege Hongrois -- "conceived in the late style of Petipa" -- has 2 couples (one classical, one character) assisted by 16 additional couples. Some of this came from Pas de Dix; the rest was Balanchine taking from other parts of Glazunov's score. There is a grand pas de deux at the end, something not found in the current Soviet version.
The thread containing Doug's post on the 1898 Raymonda is here. It's Post #1.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:02 PM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:04 AM
Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:45 AM
Oh, maybe that is it! When you look for info about Raymonda it is often referred to as a Pas de dix, but that could be because of what you say, and some people have accidentally called it that nowadays even within the full-length.
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