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French term or phrase:juste, justesse
English translation:capture/strike the [right] tone; true;
Entered by: David Vaughn
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15:38 Dec 24, 2003
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French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary / performing arts
French term or phrase: juste, justesse
Words used to define the interpretation of stage performers.

It often implies the idea of a performance that is appropriate, honest, true, subtle, sensitive - but remains vague enough that I find no suitable English term. The French does not contain the English idea of "fair" as in justice.

"Il est assez juste pour susciter l'intérêt de chorégraphes comme[...]"

"Admirablement belle parce que toujours juste [...]"
David Vaughn
Local time: 18:42
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Summary of answers provided
4 +7true, in the right tone (register)
cjohnstone
3 +7optionsRHELLER
2 +7true/faithful to the text
Amy Williams
4 +2nice, nicety
Katerina Kallitsi
5accurate/accuracy
alx
4Voire ci-dessous
Denali
4unerring, spot-on
Richard George Elliott
4Right execution / correct rendition / perfect movementssktrans
4appropriate
R. A. Stegemann
3precise, precision
Steven Capsuto
3soundAlexandra Douard
3expressive, expressiveness
Steven Capsuto


  

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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
sound


Explanation:
Sound or Appraising. Hope it'll help you.

Alexandra Douard
Local time: 18:42
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Steven Capsuto: "Sound" might work, though depending on the context it sometimes implies a competent but unexceptional job. "It was a sound enough performance, but..."
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8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
expressive, expressiveness


Explanation:
It's the only generic praise for performance I can think of that works in both sample sentences and maintains the level of vagueness needed. The donatative meaning isn't the same as "juste", but it might be a good equivalent functionally.

Steven Capsuto
United States
Local time: 12:42
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 44
Grading comment
the French are often used as opposites to expressive, in the same way "subtle" might
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Comment: the French are often used as opposites to expressive, in the same way "subtle" might

12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
appropriate


Explanation:
It describes well, or fits the situation.

R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 02:42
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 168
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14 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
nice, nicety


Explanation:
Also propriety, delicacy

Katerina Kallitsi
Local time: 19:42
Native speaker of: Native in GreekGreek
PRO pts in pair: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
5 mins

agree  Federica Masante
23 hrs
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21 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +7
true, in the right tone (register)


Explanation:
true is my favourite..; short and I think sweet here

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Note added at 21 mins (2003-12-24 16:00:30 GMT)
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sorry orgot another useful adjective \"genuine\"

cjohnstone
France
Local time: 18:42
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1632

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxBourth: Right. I mean you're right about "right". MX
2 hrs
  -> and merry Xmas

agree  NancyLynn
2 hrs
  -> and happy Xmas

agree  John Garside
3 hrs
  -> and happy Xmas

agree  writeaway
8 hrs
  -> and happy Xmas

agree  Federica Masante
23 hrs
  -> happy Xmas

agree  Jane Lamb-Ruiz: :)
1 day 21 hrs
  -> thks and belated merry Xmas

agree  Jose Paez
3 days 5 hrs
  -> thks
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18 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): +7
true/faithful to the text


Explanation:
Just an idea. 'True/faithful to the text' may be taking the idea a bit far though.
'Well-executed'?
They don't work for 'juste/justesse' but might fit for the quotes.
'appropriate, honest, true, subtle, sensitive' - almost 'fits the bill', but that's no good, really.

Not great, but hey.
Back to the mulled wine :)

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an \'effective performance\'? -
\'spot on\'
\'balanced\' etc.

Amy Williams
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:42
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 254

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  cjohnstone: sorry Amy did not read things through before answering, shall I be forgiven?
3 mins
  -> thanks CJ :)

agree  NancyLynn
2 hrs
  -> thanks, NancyLynn

agree  John Garside
3 hrs

agree  Shog Imas
6 hrs
  -> cheers :)

agree  writeaway
8 hrs

agree  Federica Masante
23 hrs

agree  Jane Lamb-Ruiz: true or faithful...choreographies have no "text'' per se
1 day 20 hrs
  -> thanks :)
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33 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
accurate/accuracy


Explanation:
...

alx
Local time: 17:42
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Right execution / correct rendition / perfect movements


Explanation:
q.q.suggestions supplémentaires

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Choreographers have shown interest because of his right execution/correct rendition ...........

Amirably beautiful thanks to her perfect movements /great posture/ elegant movements..........

since you talk about danse


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sktrans
Local time: 12:42
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 761
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +7
options


Explanation:
his performance rings true enough to

beautiful because"
"rings true"
" alway right on "
"hits the nail on the head"
"strikes the right chord"
"on the money"
"nails it"
"is an honest portrayal

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she gets it right every time
never misses a beat

RHELLER
United States
Local time: 10:42
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1582

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  William Stein: Those are all great options, Rita.
37 mins
  -> showbiz talk :-)

agree  xxxsarahl: right on the nose, Rita!
58 mins
  -> thanks Sarah, happy holidays!

agree  NancyLynn
1 hr
  -> thanks Nancy!

agree  John Garside
3 hrs

agree  Shog Imas
5 hrs

agree  roneill: I like "strikes the right chord"
2 days 3 hrs

agree  HugoSteckel
4614 days
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
unerring, spot-on


Explanation:
these suggestions perhaps work better with your second example than with your first....

Richard George Elliott
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:42
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PRO pts in pair: 19
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
precise, precision


Explanation:
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Steven Capsuto
United States
Local time: 12:42
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 44
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1 day 4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Voire ci-dessous


Explanation:
l'idée de "juste performance" fait également penser que l'interprète ne force pas son jeu, ne caricature pas son interprétation du personnage. Ce qui revient à dire que l'on y croit, que l'interprète devient son personnage. On pourrait donc essayer de traduire par:
"We believed enough so that choregraphers..."

"Remarkably beautiful because we believed..."


Denali
Local time: 12:42
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 20
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