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#16 bingham

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 03:53 AM

Martine Van Hamel, a great Myrtha,danced Giselle with C Tippett in the seventies(?) .Although she looked too healthy in the 1st act,I thought she did very well in the 2nd act.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:35 AM

Martine Van Hamel, a great Myrtha,danced Giselle with C Tippett in the seventies(?) .Although she looked too healthy in the 1st act,I thought she did very well in the 2nd act.

Cynthia Gregory also did Giselle in that era, partnered by Ross Stretton:
http://www.nytimes.c...in-giselle.html

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:25 AM

I was curious about Gregory, and was about to search a bit into it...

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:50 AM

Although she looked too healthy in the 1st act,I thought she did very well in the 2nd act.

Sergei Grinkov had congenital heart disease and won two Olympic gold medals and had a flourishing professional career despite it until his heart gave out at the rink one day. Appearances can be deceiving.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:15 PM

Maya Plisetskaya never danced Giselle but was considered a great Myrtha and danced it quite often to Ulanova's Giselle.
The photo of Plisetskaya is not from " Giselle " but from " Chopeninana " as " Les Sylphides " is called in Rissia.
She was not a romantic dancer per se but nevetherless was very sucessful in both of these ballets.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

Martine Van Hamel, a great Myrtha,danced Giselle with C Tippett in the seventies(?) . Although she looked too healthy in the 1st act,I thought she did very well in the 2nd act.

Yes, I remember that season, but unfortunately, I never saw van Hamel in that role. It was during a strange four-week ABT season at City Center -- two weeks of Coppelia and two of Giselle. My friends' reaction was very much like yours, bingham. We all hoped she'd be given more opportunities to work on her Giselle.

Cynthia Gregory also did Giselle in that era, partnered by Ross Stretton:
http://www.nytimes.c...in-giselle.html

Yes, Gregory was in ABT's regular rotation of Giselles. If they were presenting it and she was with the company, she'd be dancing it through the '70s and '80s. I found her unconvincing as both the naive teen and the forgiving spirit, and her attempts at Romantic style were pretty exaggerated for my taste.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:34 PM

Martine Van Hamel, a great Myrtha,danced Giselle with C Tippett in the seventies(?) . Although she looked too healthy in the 1st act,I thought she did very well in the 2nd act.

Yes, I remember that season, but unfortunately, I never saw van Hamel in that role. It was during a strange four-week ABT season at City Center -- two weeks of Coppelia and two of Giselle. My friends' reaction was very much like yours, bingham. We all hoped she'd be given more opportunities to work on her Giselle.

Cynthia Gregory also did Giselle in that era, partnered by Ross Stretton:
http://www.nytimes.c...in-giselle.html

Yes, Gregory was in ABT's regular rotation of Giselles. If they were presenting it and she was with the company, she'd be dancing it through the '70s and '80s. I found her unconvincing as both the naive teen and the forgiving spirit, and her attempts at Romantic style were pretty exaggerated for my taste.

During that season, Martine also danced Coppelia which I did not see.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:53 PM


Although she looked too healthy in the 1st act,I thought she did very well in the 2nd act.

Sergei Grinkov had congenital heart disease and won two Olympic gold medals and had a flourishing professional career despite it until his heart gave out at the rink one day. Appearances can be deceiving.


Absolutely, but conveying "congenital and previously undetected heart defect in otherwise robust person" is hard to do in ballet. Both Giselle and her mother know her heart is bad in most readings; from a theatrical standpoint it's easier to believe that Giselle has lived with this all her life if she isn't too hearty.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 08:37 PM

I know people, especially adolescents, don't believe how sick they are if they want to hang with their friends and do what they do, but for me, a robust Giselle reflects why she and most of the villagers usually consider Berthe an overprotective fussbudgit, until, of course Giselle dies and "I told you so" is of no comfort.

Dramatically, I find the sweet, passive Giselles dull.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:08 PM

I'm currently very high on Lorna Feijoo, shown here. No trace of noble blood, but absolute noble soul.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:53 PM

I'm currently very high on Lorna Feijoo, shown here. No trace of noble blood, but absolute noble soul.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFO5P1I_DE


Oh...divine Lorna. My last favorite ballerina.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:17 AM


I'm currently very high on Lorna Feijoo, shown here. No trace of noble blood, but absolute noble soul.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFO5P1I_DE


Oh...divine Lorna. My last favorite ballerina.

Who is the current Cuban Giselle ?

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:22 PM

I know people, especially adolescents, don't believe how sick they are if they want to hang with their friends and do what they do, but for me, a robust Giselle reflects why she and most of the villagers usually consider Berthe an overprotective fussbudgit, until, of course Giselle dies and "I told you so" is of no comfort.

Dramatically, I find the sweet, passive Giselles dull.


A Giselle can be both delicate and headstrong. It's not unusual for the chronically ill to react to their weakness with a determination not to be held back by it, and it's a very playable conflict in dance. I wouldn't rule a big hearty Giselle out of court - judging by the bits of surviving film, Spessivtseva was something like that - but I tend to agree with bingham on this one.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:06 PM

Valdes is Kitri...Annette Delgado is Giselle.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 07:57 AM

Thank you for publishing the clip of [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3]Lorna Feijoo. What a glorious upper body and port de bras she has![/size][/font]


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