Archive for Dance Technique

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #25 – Natasha in center floor

 

Fascinating. Natalia Makarova practices in center floor. The video quality is very poor, but we can still see her extraordinary control and balance. Notice how she always “gets on her leg”—she places it accurately and it is absolutely perpendicular to the floor—and therefore the free leg and her torso and arms simply float into position. She knew she had to place her toe and drive down. And notice when she does the pirouette en attitude en dedans how she throws the leading arm and simply “coasts” the turn. It’s mesmerizing.

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #24 – Gelsey in Theme

 

A thrilling performance from the 1978 Wonder of the World. How about the solo-defining pas de chats en tournant? Notice how she works in opposition to the direction and movement. She is the classical example of “ears back” and reaching back so you can move forward. When the music speeds up, she is still ahead of it, fearlessly, even while turning and changing directions. And, does it matter that she had limited extension? Not a bit—she pushes the air with her pointes and phrases her movements so beautifully her movements have amplitude and power. So inspiring! Bravo!

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #23 – Makarova & Dowell in Manon – Bedroom pas de deux

Makarova & Dowell in Macmillan’s bedroom pas de deux from Manon. The longest kiss in the ballet repertoire? They display the sculptured poses that highlight this rapturous music with polished performances that can only come from fabulously successful careers. At this moment in time they are reigning spirits of the ballet stage.

natasha & dowell in manon

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #16: Makarova & Nagy in Swan Lake Act 2

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #15 – David Hallberg dances Albrecht in Giselle Act II

He dances with controlled abandon, classical restraint, and fiery passion. Thrilling performance!

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #14: Marianela in Giselle Act I

Such ease, such naturalness, so effortless. And that lovely natural smile as she acknowledges the people around her. Never any tension. Energy radiates equally in all directions, every moment. Her musicality is exceptional.

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #13: Marianela Nunez as Gamzatti in Bayadere

How gorgeous she is. She is beautifully dressed in a costume which seems to be a part of her body and complements every move. Notice how she has such complete freedom of movement and expressiveness in her torso. And such soft arms as she extends her legs. Mesmerizing.

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #12: Makarova & Baryshnikov in Other Dances by Jerome Robbins

Here are Baryshnikov and Makarova in “Other Dances” —the contemporary masterpiece to Chopin—by the great Jerome Robbins. This is your lucky day if you’ve never seen this video. It was never sold as a DVD, and I saw them perform it and recorded it on VHS at the time, but this was before cable and the reception with rabbit ears was poor. Although this recording is not sharp and clear, you can still appreciate the amazing talent of these two great artists.

misha & Natasha play in OD

 

Misha & Natasha play in OD

natasha & misha in OD in air

 

Misha & Natasha in OD mid-air

natasha & misha OD arabbesque

Misha & Natasha in OD arabbesque

natasha &misha arms pose in OD

 

Misha & Natasha arms pose in OD

natasha back bend OD

 

Natasha back bend OD

natasha solo OD

 

Natasha solo OD

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #11: Erik Bruhn

Erik Bruhn—the greatest male dancer of his time—danced with The Harkness Ballet of New York in1965. I was in the company at that time and got to know Erik quite well during our rehearsal period at Watch Hill, RI. When The Harkness debuted in Cannes, he mentored me— let me watch him put on his make up, warm up with him backstage, and explained his ideas of costuming and movement. Here’s Erik doing his Don Q Solo in 1961. This great dancer—probably the most super-elegant of all time—had lightning-quick turns, soaring jumps, and perfect line.

This is a superbly interesting video of Erik and Rudi working together in class and trying new jumps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxg42z06W_4

 

THE FJ STORY Part 11: Erik Bruhn

Erik Bruhn—the greatest male dancer of his time—danced with The Harkness Ballet of New York in 1965. I was in the company at that time and got to know Erik quite well during our rehearsal period at Watch Hill, RI. Here are some of my recollections of this legendary dancer.

Erik & Rudi in Cannes 1965

Erik & Rudi in Cannes 1965

Erik & Rudi in class

Erik & Rudi in class

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Erik 1963 by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1963, photo by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1965 by Fred Fehl (2)

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik 1965 by Fred Fehl (3)

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik 1965 by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik 1965 photo by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik in Carmen by Fred Fehl

 

Erik in Carmen, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik

 

Harkness Ballet 1965 Erik

 

Harkness Ballet 1965

Harkness Ballet 1965 in Don Q

 

Harkness Ballet 1965 in Don Q

Harkness Erik 1965

 

Harkness Ballet 1965