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Then/Now photos

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My newest hobby has been to collect then/now photographs of the same ballet, different dancers. 

 

Waltz of the Flowers:

 

 

La Sonnambula:

 

Prodigal Son:

 

 

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Nutcracker pdd:

 

 

SPF:

 

Siren in Prodigal Son:

 

Firebird:

 

 

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Swan Lake:

Giselle:

 

 

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Oh, what fun!

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The Kitri jump: Plisetskaya, Kirkland, Osipova, Novikova:

 

 

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Who are the dancers in the four Sugar Plum Pas?

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if mem. serves and if this question relates to the 4 NYCB NUTCRACKER PdD fotos above, they show: 

top left; SHyltin w. AVeyette, top right:JdAmboise w/ SFarrell

bottom left: ALaracey w/ RJanzen, bottom right: AProkovsky w/ MHayden

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These are really addicting.

 

 

 

 

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These are so wonderful! Thank you for posting.

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I also did Raymonda. Love the continuity in the port de bras.

 

 

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La Bayadere over time:

 

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Thanks for all these comparison pics. I enjoy them!

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Dewdrop over the years:

 

 

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More Giselle:

 

 

 

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Oh, canbelto, these comparison photos are a delight! 

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love this!!! thank you!

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I also did La Sylphide:

 

 

 

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Biggest surprise was Serenade:

 

 

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I know what you mean about Serenade -- it's been through just about every change possible.  Apollo has had a similar history -- I love the early costumes for the muses.

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I've got more. 

 

Here's Swanilda with the iconic "doll" pose. Natalia Osipova, Patricia McBride and Vera Triflova

 

Bluebird over the years:

 

Pierre Vladimiroff (who would later become a famous teacher at SAB), Yuri Soloviev and Daniil Simkin:

 

 

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When I started making these collages I thought it would be difficult to find historical photos that matched contemporary dancers. But actually it was really easy. In fact the main differences I see in the dancers from the past compared to the present are differences in physique. Not surprising because the teachers of Petipa's era emphasized strength so the dancers could do all those then-revolutionary feats. Nowadays the musculature is different and that's no doubt because of more emphasis on stretching, and also doing strength conditioning exercises like pilates. 

 

The other difference is costumes. I notice that ballerinas in the past favored wearing rather curly wigs and costumes were less tightly fitted.

 

But really, to see the continuity from the past to the present is remarkable. 

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Marvelous! Thank you so much for these! 

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Apollo through the years:

 

 

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I don't know how to do screen captures, so a video link will have to do -- from the Dance in American program with Baryshnikov dancing Balanchine.  He's doing the black tights version, and the muses have some kind of design on the edge of their bodice -- are they supposed to be laurel leaves?

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I've got one more: Fille mal gardee:

 

 

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