Posted 09 June 2001 - 11:48 AM
Do you like unitard ballets? Do you like unitards? How do you think the unitard trend has affected dancers? Has affected choreography?
In short, are unitards a good thing or a bad one?
Posted 09 June 2001 - 06:31 PM
Posted 09 June 2001 - 07:17 PM
That having been said, a unitard is a wonderful base to paint, dye, or otherwise modify for costume purposes. However, if this plain base is used as an excuse to avoid building the correct costume (more complex, more expensive, etc.) in the first place, then a unitard surely deserves the term "peeve".
Angel Corella's Pied Piper costume for the new ABT production (on the cover of Dance, May 2001) is IMO the height to which a unitard may aspire. It's outstanding.
Posted 10 June 2001 - 05:23 AM
Actually, the "Pied Piper" costume seen in the ads and on the cover of Dance Magazine is never worn in the actual ballet. The Pied Piper actually wears a short tunic, much like the costume from "Prodigal Son".
So nice unitard, but it's only for the promo shots.
Posted 10 June 2001 - 07:33 AM
They are now very dated in my opinion. Of course given the recent comeback of the sixties thourgh the eighties in fashion....
Unitards may also drive unhealthy behaviors, anorexia, more so than other costume types. I am happy to see less of them and more costuming that flatters the ballet and the dancer.
Posted 10 June 2001 - 10:38 AM
Thanks for enlightening me----and you're positive that unitard is for PR purposes only???? It remains great to look at.
Posted 10 June 2001 - 11:48 AM
Posted 10 June 2001 - 12:59 PM
Posted 10 June 2001 - 01:04 PM
Yup..no unitard in "The Pied Piper"-and I saw it performed last month, BTW. The cape is in the ballet though.
Posted 11 June 2001 - 12:36 PM
Posted 13 June 2001 - 08:31 PM
I like them...in the right context. I'm a great believer in the appropriate costume at the appropriate time.
I saw Nacho Duato's Without Words this year. It's a leotard ballet. They were perfect for the work.
I Agree that sometimes unitards are just a cop out. That's when I hate them as much as you, beckster.
Posted 17 June 2001 - 12:03 PM
What I personally dislike -- this may shock you -- are the short, stiff classical tutus. They may be traditional, but they look unnatural to me, and visually they chop the ballerina in two. I'm sure I'm very much in the minority here.
[ 06-17-2001: Message edited by: Tancos ]
Posted 18 June 2001 - 03:34 AM
Now, I don't doubt maybe the unitard has merit sometimes, but I can wager most sane individuals would rather wear something that didn't hug all the curves you usually strive to conceal. Granted, the average professional dancer looks a darn sight better than I in a unitard...
But few other costumes show off bony hips and ribs, or that little 'pooch' of a lower tummy most people have with such undisguised exposure...
Granted, line is unencumbered by the unitard, and it can be used to show say, vunerability as already mentioned, and because of its shape (or lack thereof) its quite a neutral costume.
I do concede that they go well with much of the modern neoclassical choreography that I have seen, with its emphasis on clean unfettered lines and more undefined gender roles... The unitard doesn't tend to detract from the choreography. I'm generalising here, of course...
But theres never a situation in which a leotard and tights doesn't look better than a unitard (unless its a really low cut leotard, ergh, I hate those as well).
Oh Tancos, you're words have pierced my heart, as there's nothing I love more than wearing a tutu and feeling pretty ;)
Posted 18 June 2001 - 07:10 PM
Posted 19 June 2001 - 10:12 PM
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