Will the Real MYRTHA Please Stand Up........?
Posted 12 March 2001 - 10:50 PM
Robert LaFosse once described Gregory as the most chilling Siren he ever danced with in Prodigal, so I think I could picture her as Myrtha as well.
van Hamel is often praised (and rightly so), for her strong performances as Myrtha - who else do YOU feel was, or is now, effective in that role (or is van Hamel pretty much the "ultimate"?)
Who was dancing Myrtha the last time that ABT was performing Giselle?
Posted 12 March 2001 - 11:26 PM
I saw a tape of an ABT Giselle with Fracci and Bruhn. Toni Lander danced Myrthe and was terrific.
I understand that Monica Mason of the Royal Ballet was also a distinguished Myrthe.
Posted 12 March 2001 - 11:38 PM
I was lucky enough to see Van Hamel many times and I loved her Myrtha (still do) but when I saw Mette-Ida Kirk in Copenhagen, it changed my idea about the role. Kirk was small and fragile and a demon. An absolute demon. (Myrtha has become a "tall girl" role, probably because the part needs authority, but it wasn't originally.) She had a huge jump, was really like an arrow shot through the air every time she jumped. But she was also vulnerable; you could sense that under the ice.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 01:59 AM
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Posted 13 March 2001 - 10:21 AM
I also saw Silja Schandorff in Copenhagen when she was very young (19). It was still a bit sketchy dramatically, but beautifully danced. When the Danes dance Giselle, especially the act, oddly it looked more French than Russian -- more bound than free, in the few words of "effort/shape" that I can use with any confidence.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 01:39 PM
Posted 13 March 2001 - 02:07 PM
When Myrtha is danced by a star (and Giselle and Albrecht too, of course) then you get high drama!
Posted 13 March 2001 - 02:57 PM
Posted 13 March 2001 - 03:05 PM
The first time I saw Irina Dvorovenko she was dancing Myrtha, a couple of years ago, and I thought she was tremendous -- the epitome of the short, jumpy, angry Myrtha as opposed to the tall, queenly and angry Myrtha of Van Hamel.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 04:36 PM
Posted 13 March 2001 - 04:58 PM
Alexandra, I never really thought about Myrtha's vulnerability underneath all that ice - but you are SO right! Once upon a time Myrtha must have had her heart broken very badly to come back with such a vengence - you know what they say about a woman scorned!
Posted 13 March 2001 - 05:12 PM
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