In Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake one of the highlights – and test of a company’s Coryphées – is the brief pas de quatre for the cygnets in Act 2. It’s a delightful little interlude as four dancers imitate (?) the movements of baby swans as imagined by Lev Ivanov’s . It is also one of those moments in ballet that is ripe for parody.
Yesterday my friend – and balletomane par excellence – Simonetta posted a delightful take-off on this iconic moment in dance. But first I thought I’d post a video of how it is usually done, here by members of the Swedish Royal Ballet.
And now for one of the most original comic takes on that little dance that I’ve ever encountered:
I don’t know who the four dancers are or what the (obviously) gala occasion was but it certainly starts my week off on a fun note.