When Sir Frederick Ashton premiered Thaïs Pas de Deux, a duet set to the "Méditation" interlude from Jules Massenet's opera Thaïs, the ballet was immediately acclaimed as one of his masterpieces, despite the fact that it is only a few minutes long. In this clip from 2008, Lucia Lacarra and Cyril Pierre, then principals of the Bavarian State Ballet, give a tender, enchanting performance that is six-and-a-half minutes of pure beauty.
Appearing in a gossamer dress, Lacarra embodies a vision from a dream. Indeed, her limbs ripple and float with a liquid quality that seems beyond the human realm. Pierre complements Lacarra's virtuosity with exquisite lines and heartfelt emotion. Longtime partners and a former couple in real life, the pair dance together effortlessly. Soft rocking motifs throughout the pas de deux mirror the gently lilting score. At 5:35, as the melody resolves and Lacarra pirouettes, she unravels her arms, ribbon-like, before melting with a sigh in Pierre's arms. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!