Character dances in Coppelia
Posted 20 May 2001 - 03:05 PM
Is there traditional choreography for these dances and, if so, from where does it derive - Paris or St. Petersburg? Is it possible to trace its authorship?
The Stepanov notations of Coppelia include what was intended to be very elaborate documentation of the Act I mazurka but, sadly, the notation was not completed. I believe the mazurka called for 20 corps couples and 2 soloist couples (I'd have to check my notes).
[ 05-20-2001: Message edited by: doug ]
Posted 21 May 2001 - 12:10 PM
Posted 21 May 2001 - 08:09 PM
"Saint-Leon's skill at adapting national dances and weaving them into his ballets was turned to good account in the czardas in Act I, which repeated the success he had obtained with the hongroise in Nemea. He had hoped to infuse some authentic Hungarian fire into this dance, and had written to Nuitter [his librettist] in September 1869: "One of these days you will receive a card of mine which will be brought to you by one named Bekefy, a dancer of Hungarian and Slav pas -- in whort, of pas de genre. He is not a bad mime, and is gay enough in comic things. There is a shortage of men in the ballet personnel; perhaps use could be made of him. If he comes, please speak to M. Perrin abouthim. I do not think he will ask for much, and he has chic, which our own Zephyrs have not, in pas slaves....I was forgetting--as danseur noble, not strong.'
Bekefy was not engaged, but the czardas was received none the less warmly. It was danced, wrote Gautier, "with a verve and energy that reminded us of the great evenings in St. Petersburg. . . .An unusual success for a pas d'ensemble."
Posted 03 June 2001 - 06:38 AM
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