Must Odile do fouettees?
Posted 30 June 2001 - 04:08 PM
Should a ballerina who would make an outstandingly good Odette/Odile but can't reliably do 32 fouettees be allowed to do something else instead, or should she struggle, or should she not be given the role at all?
Posted 30 June 2001 - 04:30 PM
Posted 30 June 2001 - 05:24 PM
But to return to the thread question: sure, if the ballerina is otherwise outstanding, change it.
Posted 30 June 2001 - 06:09 PM
the idea of the fouettees is, partly, a device to entrance/draw into the web of deception and if the dancer feels that the characterization is being harmed by something that night, I think that most will do something else.
I love when they are strongly and cleanly done, but I don't count them or care if somethiing is substituted for good artistic reason.
[ 06-30-2001: Message edited by: Juliet ]
Posted 30 June 2001 - 08:30 PM
I once would have argued that you should keep them for the reason Legnani put them in -- it kept away pretenders (those who wanted the Ballerina's Crown without having the technique necessary to wear it). But nowadays, when probably everyone in the corps can do the 32 fouettes, but perhaps not much of the rest of the role, I'd say, chuck it if necessary.
As always, if I have a balletmaster I trust, I'd trust him/her to make the right decision. When it's "The third caller to guess the right number of jellybeans in the jar gets to dance Odette Tuesday!" casting, that's a different story.
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Posted 02 July 2001 - 12:27 AM
Fonteyn was another dancer who cut out the fouettes - at least at the end of her career.
Posted 03 July 2001 - 02:45 PM
Nureyev had arrived in London and was stirring up the pot. He had just done Albrecht and had replaced whatever was the traditional 2nd act "dance 'til you die" step with entrechat six, which got him a lot of play.
Soon after, Nadia Nerina, knowing Nureyev was in the audience, replaced the fouettees in Swan Lake with 32 (could that be?) entrechat six, as if to say "We girls can play that game!"
Solway said that Nureyev immediately left the theatre in a rage.
Posted 03 July 2001 - 03:22 PM
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