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She’s Amazing April 25, 2013

Filed under: ballerina,ballet — theworstat @ 5:47 pm

I have to admit something: it’s very rare that someone’s portrayal of the death of Nikya makes sense to me.  The extreme mood swing in the scene seems to be what stops most of them, although with a few dancers I get the feeling that they don’t make a connection between the choreography and the story.  Catherine Kondaurova is an exception:

Death of Nikiya

Although she and Evgenia Obraztsova are two entirely different dancers in (in some ways) opposite realms because of their height and movement qualities, emotionally I think Kondaurova has the edge right now…although Obraztsova will catch her, no doubt.  Emotion is Evgenia’s calling card, after all.  Kondaurova’s is more high theater.

This is what I would like to see in some up-and-coming young dancers — attention to character.  I was watching videos of one particular young dancer last night (I will not give her name nor her company).  She’s being pushed hard by her employers, but is merely doing steps and not really dancing with her soul.  Her head is often wildly out of place; her arms are merely correct at best; her upper body is static.  I don’t know if this is the fault of coaching or if she is just out of her league at present (she is on the young side).  I do know I have seen dancers even younger than she do better in far more complicated roles; Angelina Vorontsova’s Black Swan comes to mind.

Yet some ballerinas get all the way to the top without displaying much in the way of emotion.  Anyway, enjoy the clip and the almost silent-movie quality of the acting.  It’s brilliant.

 

An inspiring story April 15, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — theworstat @ 5:46 pm

The story of Michaela DePrince:
Unstoppable Ballerina

I’m convinced that most of my readers have heard of her.  If you haven’t, the first thing you will undoubtedly notice is that she doesn’t look like your usual ballerina.  

I’m convinced that this will hold her back in the world of ballet, but that the people who don’t see her uniqueness will someday be kicking themselves.  Ballet has to move on if it is to survive.

As for me, I’d love to see this girl dance Giselle, and I wish I had been there to see her Kitri.