What happens when you’re very into the music that you’re dancing to? And maybe that’s put you in your own world… even while you’re performing? This movement of mistakes, purposeful mistakes set to Frédéric Chopin’s Waltz in E Minor, is from the Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2002, The New York Times suggested “that this incident may represent a choreographer’s nightmare.”
Performed well, the silliness seems almost improvisational, but as with all of this legendary choreographer’s work, the spontaneous beats are very, very specific.
It only works if the dancers have the technical prowess and the comic chops to pull it off.
“It does feel really good to make the audience laugh. Laughter is a very rare response to get from a ballet. Hearing an audience applaud is one thing, but hearing them laugh is a much more genuine response, and makes us feel really proud for our performance.”
Be sure to watch this next: The giant tap-dancing noses of Shostakovich’s ‘The Nose’.
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