McGregor: Ballet or Gymnastics?
Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:34 AM
Having just seen the Rythmic floor execises from the Olympic games, I am convinced this is where he is coming from. But in no way does his choreography compare with the true genre. It waas truly wonderful, the performers were elegant highly trained and remarkable in their technical achievements.
Often with steps we often see in ballet, in their routines. They were at times even turned out, and were lyrical and performed re-acting to express the music chiosen for their solo's. Their costumes were stunning, bejewelled colourful and fitting perfectly. Every girl's hair was neatly coffered in a bun and they were a great credit to their respective countries.
Comparing them with the Ballerina's that have moved over from Gymnastic training to Dance you can see the results of that training and disapline, and how it must have helped then to make the trancision.
I cannot help thinking of Natalia Osipova who in fact started up in this field and has now achieved wonders in her career as a very talented Ballerina.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:03 AM
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Regarding von Aroldingen ---
Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:32 PM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:55 PM
Sylvie Guillem is the daughter of a gymnast and studied gymnastics for a number of years.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:33 PM
We'll, Balanchine uses my acrobatic nature, for one thing. When I was little I was more on my hands than on my feet. On the street I did cartwheels. When Balanchine made Violin Concerto for me he asked me if I could do a bridge, and I did one, and then he said, "Where do you fall from there?" So I twisted myself out of this very strange bridge which I remember doing as a child. It was easy for me, and he liked it and put in in a ballet...
I did have to rearrange my body for him, though, and unlearn everything. It took a long time for me to please Balanchine. I had to go back tot he basics. My body is modern, sculptured. I never was the ballerina type. I couldn't have been a dancer in Russia a hundred years ago. People have put me down for looking cold and hard, and masculine, although I feel very much like a woman."
She also does a handstand in "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" towards the end of Aria I, the same section with the bridges.
There's nothing in the interview or bio intro that mentions any formal gymnastics training, only early private ballet lessons, and her comment is "My schooling was Russian, and my first love was the Bolshoi...", but it's clear that she was tumbling/gymnastics-oriented as a child.
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