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B plus, in front

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#1 glebb


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Posted 26 May 2002 - 05:16 AM

I've seen reproductions of the lithograph of Marie Taglioni in 'La Sylphide', standing in the window, in B+ with the foot in front instead of behind.

Carlotta Grisi is seen in the same pose holding grapes from the harvest, in 'Giselle'.

The pose comes back in Balanchine's 'Square Dance'.

Does anyone know the proper name for this position and anything about it's history?

#2 Victoria Leigh

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Posted 26 May 2002 - 06:48 AM

Glebb, to my knowledge (which certainly does have limitations :eek: ), there is no name for this position. But, maybe there is and I just don't know about it! How about rétiré devant à terre? Would that work? ;)

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Posted 26 May 2002 - 07:01 AM

That's the best explanation so far! Thanks Victoria! :)

The position seems to express something earnest or humble. Maybe it was an expression of simple femininity in those times.

I think Mr. Balanchine gave the "B+" position it's name. Does anyone know that to be a fact?

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Posted 03 June 2002 - 10:41 AM

I love those two lithographs you are speaking of--but I have never heard the expression "B+"---why is it so named? You have sent me scurrying to my 5 technical manuals and I can't find any answers.

#5 Mel Johnson

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Posted 03 June 2002 - 02:03 PM

It's a rather recent addition to American Balletspeak. It certainly wasn't called that in my student days, nor in Glebb's. I think the designation attitude dérriére à terre would do for the B+ position, with devant substituted for the ones that seem to be "B+ in front"!:(

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