Danila Korsuntsev and Uliana Lopatkina taken during two different performances of the Black Swan pas de deux.
Turned out standing leg, aligned hips, high arabesque…, straight knees (!!); see, it’s possible (for some). Beautiful.I’d rather see this than an ‘a la sebesque’ with a higher leg and slightly bent knees. I’m old fashioned that way. :P Small details are what separate the good from the exceptional…
aye. an arabesque slightly higher than 90 is far more beautiful to me than one that makes you look like a rhythmic gymnast.
Indeed. Aside from a few freaks of nature (like Guillem, Zakharova, and a select few others) - most bodies aren’t built for a properly aligned yet super high arabesque - and that’s just FINE imo. In trying to emulate something that isn’t possible in their body type, the technique gets distorted and errors start to become accepted because “everyone does it like that”. Where is the line drawn? How is ballet preserved while also moving forward in a way that is still in harmony with its traditions? I don’t have the answer.
All I know is that I appreciate a thoughtful dancer when I see one… Lopatkina has always been very aware of her flaws, and her strengths, and she knows how to use it for her benefit. That is a smart dancer in my eyes.
(Not to mention it’s quite harder to have an arabesque at her height, with the proper alignment and turn out, than it is to have a higher one without hitting the rest of the details).
Disclaimer: this isn’t to diss any dancer in particular, because I also know that companies expect everything from their dancers and it’s a lot to live up to. These days, in most major companies, dancers are forced to go from classical to contemporary and back again non-stop. Very few have the luxury Lopatkina has of controlling and choosing what she wants to dance, and how. Dancers do the best they can with the opportunities they are given, so as a whole I will always respect them. Plus I danced many years myself, and I know how freaking hard it is, and how many expectations there are to be met.
Weeee ballet rambles!