I have said in the past - and regrettably on occasion without kindness - that Alexandra Iosifidi is too soft as a Chosen One and I continue to feel that way. She is a ballerina, elegant, poised, every movement is present and the Chosen One needs to get absent, yeah? Look she's not a "dance-yourself-to-death" kinda gal.
Yesterday though, I found this crappy clip of Iosifidi in "le jeune homme et la mort"...
Let me tell you what I like about Iosifidi
The softness works perfectly. It is as if she is dancing without awareness of anything but herself and occasionally reigning in "the boy".
This particular moment above is almost motherly. That is some dark sh*t and she wasn't trying and THAT'S the character!
Now, on YouTube, people are commenting that she "dances it too much" "smiles too openly" "doesn't smirk enough".
Addressing only the issue of how she dances too much... How many minutes can a woman strut with that dragging leg before it becomes comical? I can tell you how many minutes.
After four minutes it is distracting. After 6 it is Petit's "almost-masterpiece". How ridiculous that there would be ballet in this thing and that someone would dance.
There are people who need to be told when to applaud. They need this very defined character to be redefined 30 or 40 times in a performance. I used to know people like that. In high school.
Iosifidi doesn't do this. She seems almost restless in the one-dimensional areas of the choreography and so she dances and she smiles happily here and there and by not forcing the character of Death, she is creepy.
This is a juxtaposition I can live with. This is working.
Marie-Agnes Gillot or, God preserve us, Tamara Rojo use a lot of tricks with their face but those run out fast. These and others - all fabulously filmed btw - overstate the character from start to finish. Too much sinister eye-squinting and siren slinking (made that up).
We know from the TITLE that this woman is going to ruin him. We know when we hit play or sit in the theater that she is the villain, she is a vamp she is a sadistic beautiful woman who likes to kill boys who love her.
What's not to smile about? Or dance about?
I think it is refreshing to see ballet in this ballet. All that Iosifidi-grace and removed Russian style make for a bad ass la Mort who doesn't sell it so hard...
because she knows we already bought it.
Dropping the mic like a weirdo,