Partagé entre l'horreur d'être et l'attachement à l'être, entre la séduction de l'anéantissement et la “tentation d'exister”, il ne lui reste plus que la honte de son imposture. Inconfortable statut en effet que d'avoir percé à jour les illusions de notre aventure humaine sans pour autant les rejeter. Celui qui pense le non trahit par le simple fait de vivre un irréfutable oui à la vie. A la fois ivre et dégrisé, il est une navrante contradiction : “Même un rien d'existence suppose une foi inavouée.”
The reason why I dislike most Odette/Odiles is because with most dancers, the transition between good and evil is so unbelievable. When dancers portray Odette as the ultimate fragile, innocent mythical creature and then go ultra sharp, cold and mischivous in the third act I find it difficult to believe these two are supposed to be the same woman. Yes I get that O/O are the polar opposite of each other but isn’t the whole point of act three to let Siegfried believe he is swearing eternal love to ODETTE? How can he do that if there is not an ounce of fragility or sweetness in your portrayal of Odile??? I mean yeah Siegfried is stupid, but not that stupid. It annoys me so much that lately the whole ‘making Siegfried believe he is dancing with Odette’ is thrown out of the window in favor for sharp arm movements, really awkward and almost scary grins, and shoving your crotch in his poor face (I might be exaggerating a bit). What I’m trying to say is that there is too much emphasis on Odile being the polar opposite of fragility and innocence and not so much on Odile feeding off Siegfried’s memory of what Odette was like and seducing him with that. But that is exactly what Guillem does. She is sweet and innocent but seductive nonethless. She keeps shying away from Siegfried, looking at Rothbart asking him what to do, then looking back at Siegfried and flashing him the sweetest smile. She doesnt flap her arms about every minute to remind everyone that she is a swan, she just is. Her portrayal of Odile is one that is confident, playful, and decisive, yet has enough innocence and sweetness to make Siegfried believe that she is Odette. The only other dancer (that I know of) that does this is Marianela Nuñez, and I’m starting to think that she looked at footage of Guillem’s Odile for inspiration. Especially the diagonal where she bourrées towards Siegfried and tilts her neck a bit is very similar. This video is probably the worst bootleg video on yt in terms of quality but even with shaky video images the power of Guillem is palpable.
Partenered by Nicolas Le Riche and Wilfried Romoli in Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake, probably in the nineties.
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