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Battements fondus Thomas Edur – Chopin Mazurka Op. 67 No. 3 from Les Sylphides

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This is day 9 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II)
091206.jpg I think the male solo from Les Sylphides is one of the hardest thing for a dancer to pull off, starting with the bizarre cravat in the costume, and continuing through the wafty poetry of the steps and the unlikely premise of a grown man in a woman’s world getting up to dance in front of a load of sylphs, asserting his masculinity but not being so masculine that he jars with their fluffy white lala-land. He’s got to look noble and strong, but bend to every nuance of the music, a man enchanted by another man’s romantic musical outpourings, brought to life by (mostly) more men in an orchestra pit, but not a bit gay. He’s got to be a dreamer who remembers to put the rubbish out.

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