Edward Villella, virile lead dancer of the New York City Ballet, dissolves the notion that male ballet dancers are “sissified” in a montage of dances demonstrating the muscular power and control necessary in this art. He shows how the body is transformed into a smoothly working organism adhering to the demands of musical timing while expressing ideas and feeling through beautiful gesture, form and line. With members of his troupe, he shows the importance of the placement of the foot in gathering power for a bravura performance, and of the glove-like ballet shoe in providing freedom of movement.
A Pas De Deux illustrates how the male dancer supports and works in partnership with the ballerina. A segment from Giselle reveals the posturing, posing, storytelling qualities of the romantic ballet. Contrasted to this literal style is a sequence from Apollo, a 20th century neoclassic ballet. Total freedom with total control, the paradox of dance, is demonstrated in a brilliant performance of Rubies.
Release Year: 1970 • Aspect Ratio 4:3
27 minutes • Color