William Forsythe, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Cast of 1987: Isabelle Guerin and Laurent Hilaire, Sylvie Guillem, Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Manuel Legris
Cast of 2012: Alice Renavand and Vincent Chaillet, Aurélia Bellet, Amandine Albisson
ph. Icare (?), Jacques Moatti and Anne Deniau
"Vital to all these works is Mr. Forsythe’s canny understanding of the culture of the Paris Opera Ballet, with its formal hierarchies of grades and its deeply rooted competitiveness, which begins at the Paris Opera Ballet School, where students are ranked from top to bottom each year.
This ranking continues through their professional life — once in the company, promotion can be achieved only through an annual competition. “In the Middle” perfectly captures the intimate, prickly, ambiguous relationships of dancers who grow up together but must never forget that their friends are also their rivals.
When “In the Middle” is performed by other companies, this wary surveillance, the bravado that masks fear, is often enacted as a vaguely sulky aggressiveness. But when the curtain went up on Dec. 8 and 9 at the Palais Garnier, and Alice Renavand and Aurélia Bellet eyed each other warily, it was immediately clear what was at stake: center stage.” [source]
Evgenia Obraztsova in class.
Anastasia Lukina of Vaganova Ballet Academy
Photo by Darian Volkova
I LOVE HER SO MUCH LOOK AT HER LEGS AND FEET IM CRYINGGGGG
Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin in rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty with Royal Ballet in 2011
Natalia Bessmertnova and Mikhail Baryshnikov in ‘Giselle’, 1972
photo by Nina Alovert
Vaganova Ballet Academy By Stanislav Belyaevsky
Artists of Paris Opera Ballet in Balanchine’s Le Palais de Cristal 1st and 2nd movement
Dancer’s name on the caption
The 3rd gif of blue on the right is so gross that move is horrifying
I’m sorry but what was Balanchine thinking?! Just like Ryan said, I think, what was he thinking when he came up with the claws and what possesses someone to do the most unpleasing movement in a ballet 😂😂😂😷😷
guys come on, please don’t hate on the Balanchine technique!
i know everyone has varying opinions on his technique and style, but for someone who has been trained in the Balanchine technique I think that how he did things was pretty revolutionary and perfect for incorporating the American culture into the ballet world.
he made things jazzier because that was what the culture was pointing towards and he had the dancers trained to move exceptionally quickly because that’s how he saw the American people.
And I understand that the 3rd gif hops on pointe looks kind of gross but still I love whenever we do those in rehearsals.
You may not like the style but still Balanchine was a great choreographer.
And for the record the so called “claws” were originally that way to show off each part of the dancer, including the fact that a dancer has multiple fingers. The claw today has just developed from people going to extremes and others making fun of it.
So please respect the Balanchine technique. There is a lot of hate towards it on tumblr and I just hope that that can stop.
(sorry for the mini rant)
I’m really curious though, since when doing grand plie in second position is gross? Le Palais de Cristal is neo classical ballet, if you actually have seen the ballet in it’s entirety, that movement is actually very musical and quite witty I have to say. Balanchine is one of our most celebrated choreographers because his works are that great. period.
If you want to see “unpleasing” in ballet, look no further than Sleeping Beauty - many ballerinas nowadays display prominent crotch shot in Sleeping Beauty rose adagio which actually inappropriate (imo) considering the context of the ballet is a 16 yo princess introduced to her suitors and the ballet is actually a classical ballet which required stylistic purity of the lines and forms in the dancing.
can’t say I agree about sleeping beauty but I honestly can’t deal with people who only like classical ballets like god there is so much more to the dance world but there are so many people purposefully closing their eyes to it
as a modern/contemporary dancer, balanchine’s complete reworking of ballet is like….so nutso crazy cool to me. The dude had the same rock and roll mentality that the modern dance pioneers of the day had, he just applied it to ballet, and I think that to me is why I like Balanchine. He took SO many risks choreographically (hell, you can see it even in the first relatively classical looking gif — not many classical ballets include that much complexity in one space) and totally revolutionized ballet. I get really irked when classicists ignore the sheer guts and creativity that Balanchine had just because “”“it’s ugly”“”.
That said….I appreciate the guy, but I’m not a big fan of the aesthetic. With art especially, just because you don’t like something, that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
hold up everybody stop what you’re thinking about and just look at all of the sparkly things in the last gif
the guy in the back is just standing there and his shirt(vest?) is just… twinkling…
and the woman, her tutu looks like van gogh’s starry night come to life
so much beauty….
k u can go back to ripping each other’s heads off now & I’ll just sit here peacefully like an angel
I REALLY NEED TO WATCH THE ENTIRE VIDEO SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE
miami heat and the miami city ballet
David Donnelly and Olivia Cowley in rehearsal for The Concert
Photo: B. Cooper