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Monday, May 14, 2018

Mad Monday Fly

Mad Monday Fly

A step that is often seen in Bournonville technique is the brisé volé. Translated, this means “flying brisé” and that describes the step pretty well. It involves not only the standard brisé to the front, but a brisé back as well. It can be challenging, to say the least.

So, you may ask, what does “brisé” mean? It means broken or breaking. So brisé volé means broken flight or maybe even a flying broken thing. Hmmmmm….

Brisé volé is most famously seen in the coda of the Blue Bird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty. The male dancer does a series of brisé volés traveling across the stage (see today’s Link of the Day). Needless to say, I don’t think he looks like a flying broken thing….

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #15mmm:
”Brisé volé means broken flight.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan

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