Chopin — Waltz in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1 (Ballspiel)
Chopin — Waltz in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1
- Original choreography by: Isadora Duncan (c. 1901)
- Categories: lyrical dances
Reconstructed by Julia Levien. A dance with an imaginary ball, demonstrating rebound and buoyancy in the body.
Andrea Mantell Seidel
In [this dance], while similar in theme to the Schubert Ballspiel, the soloist is less innocent and on the cusp of adulthood. She teeters back and forth between the yearnings of a young woman blushing with the excitement and tantalizations of her first love, both real and imagined, and the playfulness of a child. In one moment, on the halting rhythms of the Chopin score, she hops, skips, and turns as she delights in her childhood games, bouncing an imaginary ball and catching it in the air like a flying Mercury. As the music grows more languid and slow, she pauses to flirt shyly with an imagined boyfriend, darting behind imaginary trees and then reappearing again.
Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck
Reference: Nahumck, Nadia Chilkovsky. Isadora Duncan: The Dances. Washington DC: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1994.
An effective bit of sleight of hand takes place during the opening theme, in which the movements depicting the bouncing and tossing of an imaginary ball resemble the themes in the Schubert Ballspiel. A somewhat plaintive second theme, with its halting waltz rhythm, suggests an interlude in a more adolescent mood.
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