Pas Deux Of The Sugarplum Fairy Analysis

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The “Pas De Deux of the Sugarplum Fairy” is a classic piece from The Nutcracker created by contemporary ballet choreographer, George Balanchine. The Nutcracker, comprised of two acts, is about a young girl waking up to a fairytale journey involving many characters like the Mouse King, the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavailer, and the Nutcracker who turns into the Prince. The “Pas De Deux of the Sugarplum Fairy”, a piece from the second act, specifically revolves around the Sugarplum Fairy and Cavailer paying homage to the young girl and Nutcracker Prince for battling the Mouse King. Balanchine’s expresses the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavailer’s homage by creating a redefined version of grand pas de deux and several other reformed ballet movements…show more content…
At 1:37, Kisler keeps her body stiff and straight as she falls toward left. Not supporting herself at all, Woetzel catches her and holds her in her stiff, straight position effortlessly. Woetzel holds Kisler up when she’s only two feet away from the ground, exhibiting high strength and athleticism. Also at 2:26-2:29, both dancers run across stage together. As they run, Woetzel plants his legs apart with his toes pointed outward as he lifts Kisler up. Kisler extends her arms, exhibiting “port de bras” with right arm slightly curved and pointed up while her left arm slightly curved and pointed to the side. She has her legs apart with her toes pointed. Woetzel exhibits high athleticism by carrying Kisler in her pose, while Kisler exhibits “port de bras”. Also at 2:32-2:38, Kisler and Woetzel exhibit high athleticism as they run to each other from different points of the stage and perform another lift. This time, Kisler leaps into the air and lands onto Woetzel’s shoulder without any help. Once she lands, she bends her legs and crosses them over. Woetzel holds her by one thigh as he turns and faces the audience. Kisler remains in her pose until Woetzel brings her down to the
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