Adagio - Illustrated Ballet Dictionary. Photos and Pictures

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Adagio ADAGE (French), ADAGIO (Italian)
Adage is a French word derived from the Italian ad agio, meaning at ease or
leisure. English ballet teachers use "adage," the French adaptation, while
Americans prefer the original Italian. In dancing it has two meanings:


(1) A series of exercises following the centre practice, consisting of a
succession of slow and graceful movements which may be simple or of the most
complex character, performed with fluidity and apparent ease. These exercises
develop a sustaining power, sense of line, balance and the beautiful poise which
enables the dancer to perform with majesty and grace. The principal steps of
adagio are pliés, développés, grand fouetté en tournant, dégagés, grand rond de
jambe, rond de jambe en l'air, coupés, battements tendus, attitudes, arabesques,
preparations for pirouettes and all types of pirouettes.


(2) The opening section of the classical pas de deux, in which the ballerina
assisted by her male partner, performs the slow movements and enlèvements in
which the danseur lifts, supports or carries the danseuse.

The danseuse thus supported exhibits her grace, line and perfect balance while
executing développés, pirouettes, arabesques and so on, and achieves
combinations of steps and poses which would be impossible without the aid of her
partner.


The Sleeping Beauty - Diana Vishneva - Viktor Baranov


Fountain of Bakhchisaray - Svetlana Zakharova - Ruben Bobovnikov

Additional comments :
The Sleeping Beauty - Diana Vishneva - Viktor Baranov

Fountain of Bakhchisaray - Svetlana Zakharova - Ruben Bobovnikov

Photos by Natasha Razina

Kirov Ballet Archives, St. Petersburg, Russia


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