Nureyev and Fonteyn first performed together in Giselle. She was 42 and he was 24. Their performance was a great success; during the curtain calls Nureyev dropped to his knees and kissed Fonteyn’s hand.
No but the reason Robert x Giselle are so shippable is that they both learn so much from each other.
Robert was always too serious and was so invested into reality he never had fun.
Giselle was always too dreamlike and was so invested in her fantasy world and happily ever after that she never knew the joys and sorrows of “reality” or genuine emotions.
Robert taught Giselle reality, and Giselle taught Robert how to believe in magic and happy endings.
And the end result is a couple who live a realistic and well adjusted life together while still carrying out their personal fairytale, enjoying the best of both worlds. Robert and Giselle are the personification of fairytales becoming reality.
Look at her head, shoulder, the curve of her hands and her turn-out. Elegance personified.
I love photos that was taken mid performance like this one, it tells you a lot about the dancer’s technique if she can make this kind of line during the performance as opposed to controlled environment such as photo shoots in studio where one can repeat until the desired results achieved.