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Monday, August 27, 2018

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Mad Monday Gargouillade Volé

I have written about gargouillade before: http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/search?q=gargouillade, but today I ran across a version of this step that I had never seen – or heard of: gargouillade volé.

You may remember that gargouillade means gurgling or rumbling, and volé means flown. Hmmm, a gurgling flying thing. Gotta love ballet! Anyway, this step is listed as a step of the Cecchetti method in Gail Grant’s book Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet. It is described as follows:

“Gargouillade vole (Cecchetti method) [gar-goo-YAD vaw-LAY].
Gargouillade flown. Fifth position R foot back. Execute a double rond de
jambe en l’air en dedans a la demi-hauteur with the R leg and finish with the R
foot in retire at the side of the L knee. Spring off the L foot onto the R and land
in demi-plie sur place, turning the body efface. As the R foot comes to the
ground, draw the L point upward to the side of the R knee and open it to the
fourth position en Fair, pointing to the left front corner of the room.
Immediately lower the L foot to the fourth position, pointe tendue, body
remaining efface. “

Well, this doesn’t seem too clear to me, so I tried to find a demonstration on Youtube, but nothing came up except the standard gargouillade. So there you are. It’s a mystery.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #15rrr:
“A seldom seen step is gargouillade volé.”

Link of the Day (gargouillades at 2:04):

Quote of the Day:
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― Garth Risk HallbergCity on Fire

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