OneGiselle is noticeable because of the positioning of the dancers across the stage. There’s a prominent male and female dancer among the rest of the group but much of the male dancer’s time is spent off to the side or not directly in the focus of the shot. Mikhail Baryshnikov does a fantastic job of not dominating so much of the lead position and works well in unison with Alessandra Ferri. There’s a sense of unity in the way that they move across the frame and it separates them largely from the rows of dancers on either side. Towards the end, when both dancers split off and move independently of one another, there’s a great sense of fluidity and natural rhythm in their movements and this translates well to the overall nature of the dance itself.
The movements throughout “Rite of Spring” are quite different than those that are typically represented throughout ballet and dance. There’s a deliberate movement to each person and the way that they carry themselves across the stage very distinctly sets the choreography of this production aside from many contemporaries. I could see the crowd rioting, given that they quite possibly had never seen anything like this before. It definitely stands in contrast to the various other performances of the time and even if it were a marketing ploy, it would be understandable to see such a reaction from the crowd.
“La Sylphide” represents more of a typical Romantic play. The en pointe form of dancing is prevalent here and I can see why this was a large aspect of the play, as it was integrated into the performance in various ways. The contrast of the one male dancer in red with the several behind him is interesting. Also, the spacing and the dynamic of the show really work well as the dancers use most of the stage adequately. This particular dance is intricate and has a lot of very aesthetically pleasing components to it.
Swan Lake is a classic ballet, to say the least. After seeing the production value and the performances from each of the dancers, I understand why. The overall aesthetic was unmatched and the spacing and distance between each dancer transitioned effortlessly. The costume design was a noticeable attribute worth mentioning as well, and the visual productions for the stage design and effects were also incredibly well done.
The clip from “Agon” looks incredibly interesting. The way that both dancers are dancing and performing in this clip is representative of a peculiar kind of movement, at least to me. There’s something that’s very much different about the approach of both the dancers and as a result, this clip highlights the unique attributes of the show well. Having the interview form the perspective of Megan LeCrone and thus showing her contributions also provide the opportunity to focus on her performance mostly and it pays off, as she does an excellent job practicing and dancing in great form.
It’s very interesting to see “Swan Lake” with a predominantly male cast as the primary dancers. I think that it’s a fantastic transition and one that required a lot of confidence to attempt. The overall aesthetic of the whole performance is great, and the performers work well together to achieve a wonderfully choreographed show as a result. Having this sort of show, which is historically represented by a larger female cast, being performed by a male cast is intriguing to say the least. There’s a shift in traditional roles for sure, because of it and the men move across the stage in a form that is hard to describe but wonderful to watch overall.