Posted 16 November 2001 - 02:15 AM
In 1965 when the RB came to NY with 7 ballerinas performing the role (which everyone got to do twice), they seemed to be engaged in a "miss the prince" competition. The "competition" was won by Antoinette Sibley, who gave her hand to the first prince (end of Rose Adagio), performed the promenade, raised her hand and balanced, and balanced, and balanced right up until time for the allongé into arabesque. This feat quite brought down the house.
And, of course, Aurora does have several other opportunities for show-stopping feats of balance. The "reconstruction" even has a built-in moment: in the vision scene where Aurora balances in the sea shell.
So are extremely long balances something to be applauded or abhorred?????
Posted 16 November 2001 - 03:11 AM
Posted 16 November 2001 - 06:26 AM
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Posted 17 November 2001 - 10:43 AM
Posted 17 November 2001 - 10:52 AM
As for balancing in Don Q or other showpiece ballets, I guess they're all right at a gala, which is a kind of Fool's Night, where vulgarity is permitted smile.gif
Posted 17 November 2001 - 01:49 PM
If the balance changes the intention of the Rose Adagio, then it becomes vulgar. If the orchestra has to slow down because of the balance, it becomes vulgar. But the vulgarity probably doesn't diminish the heart-stopping excitement of an extremely long balance.
I heard a fellow dancer call an Aurora a "show-off" for her balances. It made me giggle.
Posted 26 November 2001 - 02:56 AM
Posted 26 November 2001 - 10:27 AM
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Posted 26 November 2001 - 12:15 PM
Posted 26 November 2001 - 12:31 PM
Bottom line is, Fonteyn's balances were extraordinary. If there were a way to "cheat" to achieve the same effect, there would have been dozens of dancers buying those shoes.
Back to heart-stopping balances, every one of the Cuban ballerinas can balance for days -- on normal shoes. This is another aspect of technique that has been downgraded, as it were, in favor of other things, especially high extensions. I thought the Cubans' balancing was quite tasteful. They didn't do it in "Giselle," just in "Coppelia." Rock solid, those balances. "Parked on pointe," as they used to say.
Posted 26 November 2001 - 01:42 PM
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Posted 07 December 2001 - 09:56 AM
[ December 07, 2001: Message edited by: Prima_B ]
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