Posted 28 March 2003 - 12:50 PM
Posted 28 March 2003 - 01:38 PM
Posted 31 March 2003 - 11:13 AM
thanks for your advice regarding Autora's Wedding variation. However, I have not seen Sizova. I have seen: Asylmulatova, Lezhnina, Maximova, Kolpakova, Semizorova - but I do not recall the cambre back. I think they do it straignt upwards?
How about Sizova's performance as Aurora?
Posted 31 March 2003 - 04:41 PM
the only version I know of is the video of Sleeping Beauty where she dances with SOloviev -- it's a little weird, since one of hte great dancer-teachers -- Dudinskaya, I think -- dances Carabosse, and there's TONS of extra choreography for Dudinskaya in a grotesque mode which mostly comes off OK(but somehow the filming process makes her look small and prevents her from making any truly tremendous effects)...
But SIzova is astounding -- her first variation, all 20 seconds of it, is simply heart-stopping -- she absolutely flies through hte air, more fairy-like than any of her fairies, the sauts de chat are unbelievable-- I've watched them over and over in slow motion, never seen feet like that, nor such beautiful co-ordination of every aspect of a jump into something that looks as natural as the white-cap on a wave, and as artificial as a statue of gold by Cellini....
and hte wedding variation is very beautiful, also -- though I find it not very moving; for some reason she does a version of it that truncates the Russian dance, adding extra soutenus and such with baroque arm gestures rather than hte corkscrew wrists....
I THINK this is what people are referring to as he wedding pas de deux, rather than an "Aurora's Wedding" variation --
for "Arora's Wedding" was just a western European/USA 1-act version of Sleeping Beauty, useful for performing on tour, etc. IT's a Ballets Russes thing, invented by DIaghilev-- htey don't use it in Russia, (Again, I'm not SURE of this, but I don't think so.)
So what you're looking for is hte Kirov Sleeping Beauty, 1964--
F0nteyn did an Aurora's Wedding, not a great moment for her -- though SIBLEY is on that tape in Bluebird-- which i think you've seen
Posted 31 March 2003 - 08:40 PM
Posted 01 April 2003 - 10:48 AM
Posted 01 April 2003 - 11:53 AM
Hans, I see what you are referring to: it is the use of the upper back which is so unique to the Russians, and which is linked to the "epaulement": they sort of detach their upper back from their lower back, and make movements flow from there, and giving them an "airy" look. I think that is the reason why their "swans" look so good.
Posted 01 April 2003 - 12:10 PM
Posted 02 April 2003 - 10:12 AM
Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:18 PM
Silvy, that is exactly what I meant--isn't it amazing what Russians can do with their backs?
Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:43 PM
Posted 02 April 2003 - 09:45 PM
Posted 03 April 2003 - 05:11 AM
Oh, her Corsaire when she was just a student was SO incredible
Posted 03 April 2003 - 11:02 AM
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