Will the Real MYRTHA Please Stand Up........?
Posted 13 March 2001 - 03:29 AM
[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited March 13, 2001).]
Posted 13 March 2001 - 02:16 AM
Posted 13 March 2001 - 05:12 PM
Posted 12 March 2001 - 11:38 PM
I was lucky enough to see Van Hamel many times and I loved her Myrtha (still do) but when I saw Mette-Ida Kirk in Copenhagen, it changed my idea about the role. Kirk was small and fragile and a demon. An absolute demon. (Myrtha has become a "tall girl" role, probably because the part needs authority, but it wasn't originally.) She had a huge jump, was really like an arrow shot through the air every time she jumped. But she was also vulnerable; you could sense that under the ice.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 10:21 AM
I also saw Silja Schandorff in Copenhagen when she was very young (19). It was still a bit sketchy dramatically, but beautifully danced. When the Danes dance Giselle, especially the act, oddly it looked more French than Russian -- more bound than free, in the few words of "effort/shape" that I can use with any confidence.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 02:07 PM
When Myrtha is danced by a star (and Giselle and Albrecht too, of course) then you get high drama!
Posted 13 March 2001 - 04:36 PM
Posted 13 March 2001 - 05:57 PM
Another Danish Myrtha I forgot to mention was Kirsten Ralov. I never saw her, I've just seen photos and a tiny bit of film, but she was another short Myrtha with tons of authority. She first danced it at 18, when she was very beautiful (another nice attribute for Myrtha to have) and her authority leaps off the page. (She had the same kind of authority as a mature woman in rehearsals )
Just to say that typecasting ain't always a bad thing!
I wonder who the great French Myrthas were?
p.s. to 4Ts, I had heard earlier in the year that Terekhova was going to go back to Russia in any event. This is from a very fuzzy memory, but I thought it was to work with the Bolshoi (out of the frying pan....) Perhaps someone knows more about this?
who believes it's just fine not to "get over it" where history and art are concerned
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Posted 14 March 2001 - 10:45 AM
Posted 23 February 2002 - 09:20 PM
Paul's comment on the jumps makes me want to sneak in another plug for Mette-Ida Kirk, who had a lovely jump, and added an element of the demonic to her portrayal. A Myrtha with a big jump AND epaulement -- now, that's a Myrtha.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 02:57 PM
Posted 19 March 2001 - 04:59 PM
Posted 14 March 2001 - 05:59 AM
Like 4Ts, I was disturbed at her being 'let go' by Boston Ballet. (What CAN they be thinking of??) So I hope you are right, Alexandra, about her return to Russia.
If anyone has any more information on this, I would love to hear it.
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Posted 19 March 2001 - 06:40 AM
I hope very much that things go well for her in Boston.
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