B and I plan to see this movie tonight. I've been dying to see it for weeks! I know it's going to be creepy, and I typically avoid creepy films. But I'll see any movie about ballet, and Swan Lake is actually my favorite ballet. I really hope I have an opportunity to see it with B sometime. He enjoyed The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet very much. I'm sure he'll love San Lake as much as I do.
The lead role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake is very special. In my opinion, dancing that role would be a career high. It's one of the most difficult roles. I wonder if the movie touches on this?
The "black swan" is Odile (played by the same dancer as Odette, the "white swan"), and she has the most amazing solo in the Second Act. She does 32 fouette turns, which is a famous (I think one of the most famous) coda in this ballet, and quite a feat!
From Wiki's Glossary of Ballet, the definition of "coda":
Literally "tail". As in music, a Coda is a passage which brings a movement or a separate piece to a conclusion.
In ballet, the coda is usually the "Finale", a set of dances known as the Grand Pas or Grand Pas d'action and brings almost all the dancers onto the stage. A particularly large or complex coda may be called a coda Grande. If a large group of dancers are concerned, the terms générale Coda or Grand générale coda may be used.
In ballet there are many famous codas, such as Le Corsaire Pas de Deux. Swan Lake has the Black Swan Pas de Deux where the dancer performs the famous 32 fouettes en tournant.
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Another famous part of Swan Lake is the Pas de Quatre (dance of four). Below is a clip from ABT's Swam Lake:
For those of you who are non-dancers, or not fans of ballet, I hope you found this post and these clips interesting. If you've never seen Swan Lake and have the opportunity to ever do so, I highly recommend it! I hope I can say the same about Black Swan!
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