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#61 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:07 AM

It's right at the beginning of the variation. Lopatkina does it at 8:05. Attitude turn into allonge, pas de bouree en tournant into fondu (I guess where Tereshkina does the beats?), serre, developee.


I love this video of Tereshkina rehearsing the end of the variation. Renverses to die for!


#62 Paul Parish

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:45 AM

Thanks you Cinnamonswirl for posting that. [NB Even Lopatkina only does the "beat-beat-down" move ONCE-- the other developpes happen without their grace-note.]

This little ornament is, I'd argue, MUSICALLY very important -- it is like the grace note before a long-held note in music. Think of the mordant before the first note of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor; it's KEY to the power and beauty of the big gesture, that it started with such a brilliant attack. The lustre of the long-held pose looks dull without the jewel-encrusted edge it should have begun with.

If we're talking canonical moves, I'd say this is more important than the fouettes, since Petipa DID choreograph it [which he did not do with the fouettes -- other brilliant moves for 32 counts will do to that music, as Plisetskaya proved with her pique turns].

#63 ksk04

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:13 AM

When Paul posted that yesterday I did a bit of looking on youtube and almost no ballerinas perform that step; it's not limited to the Mariinsky. Aside from Lopatkina doing it only the two times, Letestu does it in the POB DVD (she also adds double ronde de jambe en l'air before the developpe) and Nunez does it in the RB DVD.

Even Tereshkina has omitted it recently, and I couldn't find another video of her doing the variation.




I think it's must be a coaching preference, because, from my own experience, it's not the most difficult step, especially when you are considering the steps necessary to perform the ballet as a whole.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:00 PM

Here it is immaculately done by Marianela Nunez -- with truly astounding pirouettes in attitude as well......


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Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:46 PM

I believe Ksk04 is correct that Mariinsky ballerinas choose not to do the step but I think it is false that they cannot do it. Maybe Paul was given given false information? Every Vaganova graduate can do that step, so every Mariinsky 1st soloist or principal can do it easily, since it is an easy step.
I have seen Tereshkina dance Odile often in the past 4 years and she never does it, so I think maybe management deceived Paul? Paul is used to seeing Royal Ballet and Paris Opera ballerinas do that step, but Mariinsky ballerinas do not do it. Mezentseva, Tereshkina, Kunakova and Asylmuratova did not do it. Only Lopatkina seems to do steps that other Mariinsky ballerinas do not use. She has done that step and she enters as Odette with a glissade, but every other Mariinsky ballerina does not enter with glissade and it is not because every other Mariinsky ballerina cannot do a glisaade. It is because they choose not to do it, just like they choose not to do that petit battement step.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:18 PM

TIara, if I was given false information by the director of the company, what would THAT mean?

And I would say, from my own experience as a dancer, that develope in ecarte with a releve is not a difficult step, BUT that the releve with double frappe pique into a releve with a developpe in ecarte IS a difficult step -- the small work requires a very strong standing leg, the beat must be brilliant, and the co-ordination is tricky to link all the moves into one phrase

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:23 PM

Watch the following video of this 8 year old girl who seems to do the steps in question although she only does a single instead of a double! If Fateyev really means what he says, that he thinks the Mariinsky dancers can not do this step, they better hurry up and sign this 8 year old up to be Principal of the Mariinsky!!!! Maybe she will be Prima Ballerina Assoluta over Lopatkina, Tereshkina, Kondaurova, Vishneva, etc.!!!!! Posted Image



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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:27 PM

I meant to give the timing. The 8 year old does the steps around the 6:00minutes and 6:11minutes mark in the video above. I am dumbfounded that an 8 year old can do things the Mariinsky principals can't! How is this possible?

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:31 PM

I believe Ksk04 is correct that Mariinsky ballerinas choose not to do the step but I think it is false that they cannot do it. Maybe Paul was given given false information? Every Vaganova graduate can do that step, so every Mariinsky 1st soloist or principal can do it easily, since it is an easy step.
I have seen Tereshkina dance Odile often in the past 4 years and she never does it, so I think maybe management deceived Paul? Paul is used to seeing Royal Ballet and Paris Opera ballerinas do that step, but Mariinsky ballerinas do not do it. Mezentseva, Tereshkina, Kunakova and Asylmuratova did not do it. Only Lopatkina seems to do steps that other Mariinsky ballerinas do not use. She has done that step and she enters as Odette with a glissade, but every other Mariinsky ballerina does not enter with glissade and it is not because every other Mariinsky ballerina cannot do a glisaade. It is because they choose not to do it, just like they choose not to do that petit battement step.


I just checked and Gillian Murphy doesn't do it in the ABT video either. I really never thought about this step so much and can't remember whether this is the norm or not at ABT but I would assume so. Whatever you think of her as a dancer, her technical proficiency is never at issue. She certainly *could* do the step.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:00 PM

Watch the following video of this 8 year old girl ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NtmN4SW8M4


Wow...her fouetees are better than Somova's...(at least those I've seen on video..)

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:12 AM

If Fateyev really means what he says, that he thinks the Mariinsky dancers can not do this step, they better hurry up and sign this 8 year old up to be Principal of the Mariinsky!!!! Maybe she will be Prima Ballerina Assoluta over Lopatkina, Tereshkina, Kondaurova, Vishneva, etc.!!!!! Posted Image



Don't give anybody ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted Image

#72 Natalia

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:31 AM

The Mariinsky 'acting director' was probably just being dismissive -- and being highly protective of his own recent casting choices for Odette-Odile -- when he told someone that the curent Mariinsky ballerinas cannot perform the double-frappe/fondu 'grace note move' in the Odile variation. Such Petipa-choreographed 'grace notes' are important reminders of the elegant Imperial-Era qualities in ballet. Then again, would you expect a desire for 19th-C aesthetics from someone who has banished the Vikharev reconstructions from the stage of the Mariinsky?

Just look at the video-clip of Marienella Nunez of the RB, above, to see the overall languid grace and demeanor of a ballerina who is 'doing it right.' This Odile is relaxing and floating in her moves...she has all the time in the world...not rushing for her cellphone or trying to catch a subway. [It also helps that said RB production is notable for being staged in the mid-1980s using the N. Sergeev/'Harvard' notes. If you want to come closest to seeing what Petersburg audiences saw in 1895, see the RB's treasure of a production.]

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:16 AM

TIara, if I was given false information by the director of the company, what would THAT mean?

And i would say, from my own experience as a dancer, that devellope in ecarte with a releve is not a difficult step, BUT that the releve with double frappe pique into a releve with a developpe in ecarte IS a difficult step -- the small work requires a very strong standing leg, the beat must be brilliant, and the co-ordination is tricky to link all the moves into one phrase

It would mean exactly what you would think: you were misinformed by management. Yuri Fateyev wanted you to think other ballerinas in the company were not capable of performing this step, a slur upon them them that is not correct. What his reasons for doing this were, only he knows.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:57 AM

The Mariinsky 'acting director' was probably just being dismissive -- and being highly protective of his own recent casting choices for Odette-Odile -- when he told someone that the curent Mariinsky ballerinas cannot perform the double-frappe/fondu 'grace note move' in the Odile variation. Such Petipa-choreographed 'grace notes' are important reminders of the elegant Imperial-Era qualities in ballet. Then again, would you expect a desire for 19th-C aesthetics from someone who has banished the Vikharev reconstructions from the stage of the Mariinsky?

Just look at the video-clip of Marienella Nunez of the RB, above, to see the overall languid grace and demeanor of a ballerina who is 'doing it right.' This Odile is relaxing and floating in her moves...she has all the time in the world...not rushing for her cellphone or trying to catch a subway. [It also helps that said RB production is notable for being staged in the mid-1980s using the N. Sergeev/'Harvard' notes. If you want to come closest to seeing what Petersburg audiences saw in 1895, see the RB's treasure of a production.]


That element is not from the Sergeev notes, or Petipa-choreographed, although it may perhaps be arguably closer to the original choreography than the other version typically done today.

The petipa version seems to be a ronde-de-jambe a la second.

You can see this in the wonderful PNB After Petipa demonstration at the Guggenheim available in full on youtube.
This variation is at around the 50 minute mark



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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:28 AM

What's interesting is that the host talks before the variation and his theory for the reason female variations did not vary as much as male ones over time was b/c people may have thought a ballerina could not do it, if she didn't do it as always done. This may very well be true, since that issue has come up here. The Mariinsky dancers don't seem to do it, so now they are being accused of being unable to do it.

It is amazing that Fateyev slandered his own dancers. Very strange.


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