Saturday, July 14
Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:18 AM
The Myrtha, Emilie Cozette, was a bit earthbound (the French don't seem to have a high-flying jump). The introductory bourrees were slower and more deliberate than ABT viewers are used to, but with those soft and elegant feet, they had a hypnotic power. The real power, and the absolute glory of this production, though, was the corps. They were simply lovely in the first act, with the women's slightly sloped shoulders and elegant tilt of the torso. The men, who seemed uniformly handsome and beautifully proportioned, played more of a part in the group dances and got to show of their wonderful petit allegro. The women in the second act all wore black wigs adorned with flowers, which help give them an otherworldly symmetry. Their shoes were lightly blocked, which made the group dances almost silent. Even the famous chugs (so often accompanied by thumps) seemed to float, and they almost rolled over their points, giving them an air of taking flight. This wasn't just a style show though, there was a point and a meaning to their moves.....
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