Do you agree with that Buddy? and i hope you soon@urélie
Do I agree with Brigitte Lefevre's comparison of French and Russian School dancing characteristics? I guess in general I do, Laurence. I've only seen the Opera dancers perform about eight times so I am not that familiar with their style. I would say that the Opera dancers seem to be more 'precise' than perhaps dancers from Russia. This also depends on the artist who is performing and the work being performed. I find Aurelie Dupont for instance to be a much looser and more expressive dancer than perhaps the exquisitely refined Agnes Letestu.
In the famous video version of La Bayadere by the Opera dancers I also find something else. The wonderful women who perform the Shades, especially at the beginning when they are descending in a row, show a most beautiful almost mystical French manner reminiscent of the elegantly beautiful French maidens depicted in much French renaissance art. This is completely their own.
Many women dancers from Russia do have a wonderful 'poetry' to their dancing as well as an unequaled command of 'technique' or ability to make what they are doing appear 'correct' and extremely 'well performed'. I agree with Brigitte Lefevre's wording completely in describing the qualities of dancers from Russia.
Dancers from Russia also have for me the amazing ability to be convincingly multicultural in their characterizations.
The Opera men seem to be very strong in technical prowess like ABT men, but perhaps more precise again. I would say that the men from Russia can be more flamboyant and in the case of Leonid Sarafanov can be both technically flamboyant (huge jumps, amazing spins--with fine technique) and wonderfully lyrical or poetic at the same time.
In my video of Jewels on the other hand I find the Opera dancers to be maybe looser and more expressive than the Kirov dancers that I've seen performing the same work. This is perhaps because of the Western cultural orientation of this work by George Balanchine.
For me both schools of dance and the dancers representing them have their own individual and wonderful characteristics.
Mikhail Baryshnikov once said that if you take the upper body of a dancer from Russia and the precise footwork of a dancer from the Opera and put them together you would have the ideal dancer.
P.S. What do you feel about Brigitte Lefevre's comments, Laurence?
[typo error corrected--and another]