French and Saunders Dancing Academy
Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:05 AM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:33 AM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:06 AM
When since the days of Nureyev's celebrity did U.S. television attempt something comparable concerning real (as opposed to comic-book) ballet? Other than the Muppets, I mean?
There's so much to think about in these videos. For example, from the first clip:
-- Am I insane, or is Dawn French's positioning of her head actually quite beautiful at times? (She's absorbed a bit of "La Sylphide," I think) Not to mention those assemblees performed WITHOUT LEAVING THE FLOOR. (Later on, Saunders critiques Bussell is critiqued for attempting air-borne sautes "I can't believe it, she's still leaving the ground.")
-- Is the "good toes/ naughty toes" line actually used in ballet classes for children? The instruction to ... "Paint the ceiling"?
-- Have you ever seen someone think (as Saunders obviously does) that "marking" hand gestures are actually choreography?
-- Is Saunders right that Busssell is "too bendy and jumpy."
-- Have you ever been told in class to "start at the barre" and thought they were suggesting that you all go downstairs to the pub?
-- Saunders says, "I'm not happy with [Bussell's] demi-bras." What's demi-bras? Is that Cecchetti or something?
French says: "I mean, sometimes, I wish I COULD be ungainly. But unfortunately, that's not for me at all." What a great line.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:41 PM
Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:42 AM
Complete (a piece was posted some time ago but this is the whole feature)
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