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Helen

25-04-00, 07:09 PM (GMT)
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"Great Ballet Moments"
 
   One of the Sunday papers recently had a list of Great Film Moments, and that started me thinking
about what my (and other Ballet.co readers') Great Ballet Moments might be - moments you wait for with bated breath. Most of my Great Ballet Moments are entrances, for some reason - Aurora's first entrance, and Odette's; Armand's last entrance, running, in Marguerite and Armand; Albrecht with the lilies in Act 2 of Giselle: the entrance of the Shades in Bayadere. (I rather like the entrance of the elephant, too, in the Nureyev version!) I suppose some of them are key moments in the drama, and also anticipation has something to do with it. I expect some people look forward to technical feats, like the 32 fouettes in Swan Lake, or tricky lifts. I think those are my Worst Ballet Moments - I get scared for the dancers! Any other ideas for Great Moments?


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Great Ballet Moments Barbara 26-04-00 1
     more Great Ballet Moments Stephanie Wragg 26-04-00 2
         A new mini poll Bruce? cf 26-04-00 3
             RE: A new mini poll Bruce? JS 26-04-00 4
                 RE: A new mini poll Bruce? alison 27-04-00 10
             RE: A new mini poll Bruce? Bruce Madmin 26-04-00 6
         RE: more Great Ballet Moments Pauline 26-04-00 5
             RE: more Great Ballet Moments Anneliese 26-04-00 7
             RE: more Great Ballet Moments Jane S 26-04-00 8
                 RE: more Great Ballet Moments Susie 27-04-00 9
                     RE: more Great Ballet Moments lucy joyce 07-05-00 12
                         Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers Stephanie Wragg 07-05-00 14
                             RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers alison 08-05-00 16
                             RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers Stephanie Wragg 08-05-00 17
                             RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers Jane S 08-05-00 18
                             RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers alison 09-05-00 19
  RE: Great Ballet Moments Bruce Madmin 30-04-00 11
     RE: Great Ballet Moments Russell 07-05-00 13
  RE: Great Ballet Moments Trog Woolley 08-05-00 15

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Barbara

26-04-00, 12:00 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Great Ballet Moments"
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   There are so many favourite ballet moments, but here are four that immediately spring to mind:

Siegfried rushing in to beg forgiveness of Odette in Act IV of Swan Lake.
Giselle drifting away from Albrecht at the end of the ballet and leaving the flower.
Any moment from the last pas de deux in Manon (sorry Helen, that includes all those amazing lifts and throws!).
Romeo kissing the hem of Juliet's skirt in the Balcony pas de deux!

Barbara


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Stephanie Wragg

26-04-00, 12:29 PM (GMT)
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2. "more Great Ballet Moments"
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   What a great idea!

I think my worst ballet moment is in Swan Lake: I just can no longer watch the dance of the 4 little swans. It is usually danced with such regimental precision and tension (the faces are so blank) that it just makes me laugh out loud, and that's not watching the Trockadero Company do it!!!

Also qualifying as worst moment is any pas de deux involving the ballerina hauled over the back of her partner with her head down (such an example is in the recent de Valois Coppelia)like a sack of potatoes, although they do it quite gracefully.

The best moments: watching the shades enter the Kingdom of the Shades in Bayadere. I also like the mime scene in Act 1 of Giselle where Giselle and Loys play 'he loves me-loves me not' with the daisy. I also love the mime scene in Fille mal gardee where Lise dreams of her future life with her beau whose name escapes me at the moment. Anything from Giselle really also fits this bill. I also love the pas de deux danced to the Sugar Plum fairy pas de deux music in the Baryshnikov version of Nutcracker (ABT, 1977 or so), I watch the video every year just to see how much better the choreography/story fits this particularly moving music than the traditional cold version

I look forward to reading other contributions.


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cf

26-04-00, 01:13 PM (GMT)
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3. "A new mini poll Bruce?"
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   This is an interesting topic, what about making it a new mini poll?


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JS

26-04-00, 01:50 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: A new mini poll Bruce?"
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   The bit in Snowflakes in Nutcracker when the choir comes in - whatever the choreography, and however many times I've seen/heard it, it's one of the most magical moments I can think of.

Another one is the bit in Coppélia Act II when the automata come to life.


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alison

27-04-00, 01:11 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: A new mini poll Bruce?"
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   I'd go slightly farther back than that, to the bit where the transformation to the (full-size) prince occurs - the music at that point always turns my legs to jelly anyway, and if you happen to have a really good-looking prince as well that's the icing on the cake!


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Bruce Madmin

26-04-00, 05:46 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: A new mini poll Bruce?"
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   Could do.... but Mini-polls really need short answers. Lets have a look at the end of the week and see if we have all the main possibilities listed. Not just ballet either...


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Pauline

26-04-00, 02:18 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: more Great Ballet Moments"
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   I totally agree with you, Stephanie, regarding the 4 little swans ! I cannot bear it anymore, though I love Swan Lake, it should be renamed "the 4 little robots"...However, I should say that each time I see Swan Lake, I can't help thinking that the famous Odette/Siegfried's pas de deux in Act II is really wonderful : Siegfried taking softly Odette's hands, Odette standing up , the harp and then the violin solo....Ahhhhh.Like Helen, I love entrances in general (Aurora, Giselle, Odette...). In fact Giselle is full of these "Great Moments" : I like very much the last Giselle's solo at the end of Act II, starting with a very large and slow "développé", with the ballerina lifting her leg higher and higher with the violin solo (again!). Her first appearance/resurrection in the Willi's kingdom in Act II is also quite magical : Giselle getting out of the tomb, advancing very slowly then stopping with her hands crossed in front of her breasts in a typical "romantic" position,then suddenly turning on her self in an arabesque with a very vigorous music...Aurora's Rose adagio is both my best and worst moment : music and choregraphy are so beautiful but sometimes this variation turns like a sport competition with spectators as judges, staring at the ballerina's balance on the scene...breathtaking but not very lyrical!Sorry for my bad English...


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Anneliese

26-04-00, 09:32 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: more Great Ballet Moments"
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   oooh, what a great idea for a minipoll! Aurora's entrance and first variation, but ONLY the RB version; and I'm realising that most of the other things that spring to mind are musical moments! Act II pdd from Fille; also he loves me/loves me not from Giselle and then that lovely bit with the steps whose name I can't remember at the end of the act I pdd (bouncy 3-time bit); Lilac fairy and her entourage in prologue to Sleeping Beauty; "Spring Waters" - that wonderful flying leap; Manon bedroom pdd; pigs' pdd from beatrix potter (SO THERE all you who say it's not real ballet); I could probably go on but my phone bill won't stand it!


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Jane S

26-04-00, 09:44 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: more Great Ballet Moments"
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   The moment in the last section of Theme and Variations when the Polonaise breaks out in the orchestra and the ballet turns into Sleeping Beauty.


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Susie

27-04-00, 09:39 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: more Great Ballet Moments"
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   To add to the list...

Antoinette Sibley in a perfect arabesque Act 1 Sleeping Beauty.

Bell ringing tableaux that slowly builds up at the end of Les Noces.

Lynn Seymour first entrance as Odette preening her feathers.

Anthony Dowell in Hans van Manen's 4 Schumann Pieces.

Opening of Agon with the four boys dancing together and in canon.

Jennifer Penney and Julian Hosking - the original Gloria pas de deux cast - especially when she is lifted bent double from the waist with her legs beating gently.

Mukhamedov solo at the end of Spartacus Act 1 with Bolshoi on his first visit to London.

A fantastic moment in In the middle somewhat elevated final pas de deux with dancer tilted way off balance and lifting the leg I thought she was standing on - magic!

Ending of Checkmate.

There are some cases where it is really hard to pick out a single moment - what about a list of ballets which have a real impact overall?


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lucy joyce

07-05-00, 00:21 AM (GMT)
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12. "RE: more Great Ballet Moments"
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   the marvellous performance danced by Charles Jude and Elisabeth Platel at Palais Garnier on his farewell, unforgettable
The not to be named dancer n the final act of Romeo and Juliet who crepy into the crypt still wearing his legwarmers, I am sure many will rember this.
Unforgetable the Giselle with Fontyn and Nureyev, the first tine at c.g never to be forgotten.
there are so many wonderfull moments in dance one could write a book, is there someone out there who can put pen to paper.


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Stephanie Wragg

07-05-00, 10:36 AM (GMT)
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14. "Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers"
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   The not
>to be named dancer n the
>final act of Romeo and Juliet
>who crept into the crypt still
>wearing his legwarmers, I am sure
>many will rember this.

Oh please, name the dancer who did this? I have heard of this occurrence before but never encountered someone who saw it! Please!!!


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alison

08-05-00, 12:54 PM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers"
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   Oh, all right, it was Stuart Cassidy. But someone who posted here recently said there was an even worse case of an American dancer (can't remember who) who did the same thing on a live televised broadcast. Oops!


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Stephanie Wragg

08-05-00, 01:14 PM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers"
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   >Oh, all right, it was Stuart Cassidy.
> But someone who posted here
>recently said there was an even
>worse case of an American dancer
>(can't remember who) who did the
>same thing on a live televised
>broadcast. Oops!
No kidding. I received an e-mail from perhaps this person who didn't want to post the name of this American dancer performing in legwarmers....Suffice it to say that this dancer's name was recently mentionned in relation to the directorship of a UK dance company.

In the Cassidy incident, what was he dancing in?

(not related to this thread: By the way, where is he dancing now?)


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Jane S

08-05-00, 04:37 PM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers"
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   It was Romeo and Juliet - fortunately his leg warmers were grey and lots of the audience didn't even notice; I heard him say later that his other pair had one red leg, and one green - or something - which would have been a lot more fun.

He's now with Kumakawa's company in Japan.


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alison

09-05-00, 12:46 PM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Great Ballet Moments in legwarmers"
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   >>Oh, all right, it was Stuart Cassidy.
>> But someone who posted here
>>recently said there was an even
>>worse case of an American dancer
>>(can't remember who) who did the
>>same thing on a live televised
>>broadcast. Oops!
>No kidding. I received an e-mail from perhaps this person who didn't want to post the name of this American dancer performing in legwarmers....Suffice it to say that this dancer's name was recently mentionned in relation to the directorship of a UK dance company.

Oh yes, I had a suspicion it might have been him, but wasn't sure.

>In the Cassidy incident, what was he
>dancing in?

It was his debut Romeo and Juliet, which apparently has gone down in legend

>(not related to this thread: By
>the way, where is he dancing
>now?)

As far as I know, still with K Ballet, who I assume are still in Japan.


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Bruce Madmin

30-04-00, 11:24 AM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Great Ballet Moments"
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My great ballet moment was seeing Irek Mukhamedov dance in Mayerling.

It was at the end when he shoots himself and comes staggering and crashing through the screen to die before us. Except this time he fell on the middle panel of the screen and each of the side panels somehow flipped up - first one came over him and then the other - totally encasing him! Many of us were in fits of laughter and you could see Irek too was having a good giggle at the preposterousness of it.

I have more positive moments of course, but will have to put those down another time...



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Russell

07-05-00, 00:26 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Great Ballet Moments"
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   the Jude and Platel final performance was Giselle a truly remarkable evening so many of the audience were in tears, were you there??? if so please tell your feelings.


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Trog Woolley

08-05-00, 11:22 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Great Ballet Moments"
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   My favourite moment is White Mischief in "Still Life at the Penguin Cafe". A very moving scene. The death of the zebra has me in tears every time. Also, it still surprizes me when the haughty ladies appear on stage.
Worst moment - generally the end of the performance ('cus the magic has ended), although I can think of some where the start was the worst moment!


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