Four T's at NYCB
Posted 24 June 2001 - 05:25 PM
It's been so long since I've seen anyone besides Evans do the part.
What are others' thoughts about this section of Four T's?
Posted 25 June 2001 - 12:08 AM
In fact, I think that the choreography in the entire ballet is quite subtle, in terms of mimicking melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic, and choleric temperments. The first variation does not seem to embody melancholy to me. And the women's parts, even though they are different from one another, are not obvious reflections of the temperments that they are supposed to represent.
Overall, the subtlety seems refreshing. Balanchine doesn't need to draw us a detailed map, complete with mime, IMO.
In any case, Evans did indeed dance beautifully. As you say, a work of art. So even if he didn't seem phelgmatic to me, he was totally enjoyable.
Posted 25 June 2001 - 08:39 AM
Posted 25 June 2001 - 08:16 PM
Also, how does one dance lethargy? It's a conundrum. It reminds me of Swoosie Kutz playing Bananas Shaugnessy in The House of Blue Leaves - a character that is supposed to be catatonically depressed. Well, how the heck do you make that theatrical? Kurtz' solution was to make the character manically active, constantly searching for a solution to her illness. I take Evans' performance the same way, that the activity is a an attempt to shake the character free of a rut.
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