Midsummer Night's Duet
After about a month I am still watching this Duet (Divertissement Pas de Deux--Louise Nadeau and Olivier Wevers) last thing each night--at least twice.
Thanks to several articles, cited by Francis, I can help explain why.
"Louise Nadeau....has been variously described as captivating, ethereal, quietly feminine, rare, magical...."
"There are very few ballerinas like her. She makes you go beyond herself to see the entire work. That is transporting." (Peter Boal, PNB artistic director)
"....one associates Nadeau with musicality, in which she folds herself into the music, illuminating it in ways few dancers do."
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical ... eau15.html
"She is that rare thing: a lyrical ballerina — she really breathes music," (Peter Boal, PNB artistic director)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/t ... adeau.html
She just goes somewhere. And dancing with her, it was the same way." (Paul Gibson, former dance partner)
I have to add that although I love this Duet 'more than anything' I am more and more awed by the marvelous dancing of Patricia Barker in the first Act I Duet.
Also the brilliance and mental agility of George Balanchine more and more amazes me. How he can take the most beautiful music in Act I and turn it into a duet (second Act I Duet) between a fairy queen (Patricia Barker) and a donkey and make it something of irresistible charm and brilliantly constructed humor is really an accomplishment. His first Act I Duet, as performed by Patricia Barker, is simply a masterpiece.
[Charles Newton is Patricia Barker's partner in the first Act I Duet and Timothy Lynch is her donkey partner in the second Act I Duet]