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:
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.