Monday, February 02, 2015

Lunedi Lunacy

In Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake one of the highlights - and test of a company's Coryphées - is the brief pas de quatre for the cygnets in Act 2.  It's a delightful little interlude as four dancers imitate (?) the movements of baby swans as imagined by Lev Ivanov's .  It is also one of those moments in ballet that is ripe for parody.  

Yesterday my friend - and balletomane par excellence - Simonetta posted a delightful take-off on this iconic moment in dance.  But first I thought I'd post a video of how it is usually done, here by members of the Swedish Royal Ballet.

And now for one of the most original comic takes on that little dance that I've ever encountered:

I don't know who the four dancers are or what the (obviously) gala occasion was but it certainly starts my week off on a fun note.

February 2 - 1709:  Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

So funny! That's a great kickstart (so to speak) to my Monday, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Loved it. Thanks to you for posting and Simonetta for sending!
So clever and I'll bet it's not easy either.


Ur-spo said...

My favorite spoof is 'Swine Lake' where the evil magician Trichinosis turns Miss Piggy into a swan.