Which one is your favourite pas de deux?
Posted 25 August 2007 - 11:08 AM
I'm waiting for your answers;-)
P.S. I didn't know where to post this so if You want to move it to a more appropriate forum It's no problem.
Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:20 PM
I, too, love pdds, and agree that White Swan is perhaps the most eloquent.
My all-purpose favorite, however, is probably Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Another favorite -- while not a complete entree-adagio-variation-variation-coda pdd (then, neither is White Swan), is from Sleeping Beauty's Vision Scene.
Hmmm, I hope my taste is more eclectic than this post suggests! Okay, a favorite non-Tchaikovsky pas would be the slow movement from Symphony in Three Movements -- Stravinsky. I find the choreography so witty and original, even with dancers who may not be either.
Posted 25 August 2007 - 02:51 PM
Posted 25 August 2007 - 05:45 PM
The one I particularly love, however, is the ppd from the 2nd act of Balanchine's Midsummer Night's Dream. It never fails to move me.
Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:30 AM
Posted 26 August 2007 - 06:38 AM
Another close runner is the grand pas from Act 3 of Sleeping Beauty
OK - Top 5: The Dream
Act 3 grand pas from Sleeping Beauty
Don Quixote pdd (because it is so kitsch)
Two Pigeons (final duet) - absolutely heartbreaking
I appreciate that my first and last choices are not conventionally structured pdd but they do it for me!
Posted 26 August 2007 - 08:59 AM
Giselle Act 2 pdd (both of them) - in fact, the moment when Giselle touches Albrecht for the first time may be my favorite moment in the entire ballet. But the grand pas de deux when done well is always breathtaking. And this isn't really a pas de deux, but when dawn comes, the Wilis depart, and Giselle lifts the near-dead Albrecht up and then tells him that she must leave him forever never fails to get me.
La Bayadere - Shades pas de deux between Solor and Nikya
Symphony in C - movement 2
Bottom/Titania pas de deux
Posted 26 August 2007 - 09:08 AM
Does this have to be about grands pas only? If we may also talk about male/female duets of other kinds, I'd also mention a few that I have sometimes fantasized dancing (if only I could dance ).
A few of these are fairly cheesey, I'm afraid, so pass on if you are a strict classiscist.
-- Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins)
-- Spartacus, his pdd with Phrygia (Grivgorovich)
-- The two contrasting pdd in Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Balanchine)
-- balcony pdd in MacMillan's (but not Lavrovsky's) Romeo and Juliet
I love the opportunities for passionate movement and acting given to males in these. I can't imagine fantasing myself as a Nutcracker or Diamonds Cavalier.
Two examples of male-female partnereing don't count as pdd's, since the man and women interact with other characters on the stage:
-- the parts of Giselle in which Albrecht is forced by the Wilis to dance to exhaustion, and Giselle tries to save him. This is the height of dance-as-love in all ballet, as far as I am concerned (Edited to add: canbelto was posting something similar, much more eloquently, at the same time I was typing.)
-- James and the Sylphide in La Syphide Act II (Bournonville)
I'm also with carbro on Symphony in 3 Movements -- and with several of you on the Titania/Oberon pdd in Balanchine MSN'sDream, which I prefer to Ashton's, perhaps because I saw this from the beginning.
Posted 26 August 2007 - 10:55 AM
I was one of those that mentioned Bananchine's MSN's Dream, but I didn't mean the Tatania/Oberon ppd. I meant the ppd in the 2nd act. I think it is divine.
Sorry, I just wanted to be clear.
Posted 26 August 2007 - 11:08 AM
Posted 26 August 2007 - 11:22 AM
Posted 26 August 2007 - 11:45 AM
Posted 26 August 2007 - 05:44 PM
Oh dear! I am being so unclear. I mean the ppd in the 2nd act that does not involve Titania. I don't know what to call it. Can someone help? It is a true gem.
Posted 26 August 2007 - 06:06 PM
Thank you - that's what I meant.
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