I watched The Black Swan because I was really curious at how it would turn out (pun unintended, haha). The trailer had me quite intrigued—the intro with the bourre-ing feet, the dark stage and the white costume gave quite a thrill. Alas, quite disappointing film. Pedestrian dialogue. I was hoping for substantial lines and fleshed out characters, not the lazy scriptwriting, a laundry list of ballet clichés and cardboard cutouts for characters. The music was great—but then again, they were borrowing from Tchaikovsksy. In hindsight, if they had wanted to portray a dancer’s descent into madness in her quest for perfection, perhaps Giselle might be a better fit, what with the mad scene and all.
Originally Posted by Olympia
I’ve never seen a ballerina dance in real life, but I have watched lots of videos online many times. I agree—once you’ve seen how a real dancer moves, you can’t ever go back. I can certainly understand why Sarah Lane was compelled to speak out about her role as dancing double. There is a clip of her rehearsing Swan Lake with Angel Corella--he invited her to dance Odette/Odile with his company, something that ABT has sadly not let her—and you could see the purity of her classical technique.
Have you seen ‘The Red Shoes’? I much preferred it to ‘Black Swan’. Real ballerinas. Moira Shearer was great in the lead role. It looks dated of course, but the dancing is wonderful. I sort of wish someone would remake it—with real dancers, of course. Also, who needs ‘Black Swan’ if you’ve read Kirkland’s autobiography? Or are following the present-day drama at the Bolshoi after the acid attack on the A.D.?
Well, figure skating did have Lynn Holly Johnson’s “Ice Castles”… Cheesy romance, but she could actually skate and was a decent actress.
I am curious what sort of programs V/M and Marina will come up with. IIRC, Scott has indicated in a post-competition interview that they’re ‘not going back’..? Hopefully the programs will be for the ages.
I have seen The Red Shoes: a delectable film with a real dancer playing the main character, and a look at that postwar London ballet world that was so full of artistic flowering after the privations of war. Moira Shearer was made for technicolor, with that red hair, and she was both a good actress and a splendid dancer.
I am so excited about what Marina will come up with. I hope it will lead to one of those moments that we all remember forever.
I too think (hope!) Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde. It would be terrible to have these two never have a R&J program. Although, it does seem kind of obvious and predictable. Marina has said that she's known for a while what they would use, so that could be why they haven't already done it. I could also see her giving them some beautiful but relatively unknown piece and just letting them tell their own story, without characters. That would probably be the best set-up for another OGM. No one does that like the two of them!
In other news, since they declined to go to WTT (as did D/W), we've seen our last performance of Carmen. I'm going to miss it!
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