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HUGH LAING

Posted by , 19 August 2005 · 86 views

A Personal Memory


To say that Hugh Laing was unique as a dancer would be a considerable understatement.  No one performed as he did.  The only other dancer of his generation who had the same impact on the stage as he---was Leonide Massine.
He had the same intensity and dynamism.  As the Gypsy Boy in "Aleko" he was favorably compared to Massine...


WILMA CURLEY

Posted by , 14 August 2005 · 128 views

I am currently reading Deborah Jowitt's biography of Jerome Robbins---the third book I have read about him in the past three years.  The other two were the Greg Lawrence biography, "Dance With Demons" and Christine Conrad's "That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man".



Whenever I read about Robbins my thoughts go back to Wilma Curley....


AN ANNIVERSARY

Posted by , 14 August 2005 · 49 views



I have an anniversary, of sorts, coming up this month.  It will be 60 years since I saw my first ballet performance on Saturday evening April 22, 1944.  Accompanied by my sister Marie and her friends we went  to the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City to see Ballet Theatre.  Our seats were in the first row of the balcony around the curve of the...


A NYCB SWAN

Posted by , 14 August 2005 · 41 views

My current favorite Swan Queens have come from the ranks of American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi and the Kirov and not from the New York City Ballet.  Recently a poster on Ballet Alert enthusiastically wrote about Miranda Weese and I thought it was time for me to go back for another look at my video tape of Ms. Weese in the Peter Martin production.  Martins...


Alicia Alonso: The Prime Years

Posted by , 14 August 2005 · 32 views

Alicia Alonso had a diverse range as a Ballerina.  She excelled in romantic, classical and contemporary works, and she was equally accomplished in performing Coralli, Petipa, Balanchine, Tudor or deMille.  In this respect she outrivaled most of the ballerinas of her generation.  When I ponder her technique, it is not the bravura that comes to mind, although...


A 'SNAKE'

Posted by , 13 August 2005 · 51 views



Before there were glossy brochures for upcoming ballet seasons there were 'snakes'.  They were long sheets of plain white paper approximately 5"X18" on which was printed, in  two long columns, the programs for the coming season.  They hung on a hook in the theater lobby.  I still have the original 'snake' of the Sadler's...


ALEXANDRA DANILOVA

Posted by , 13 August 2005 · 40 views

When I began to learn about ballet, the period that held the most interest for me were the Diaghilev years.  There was a vast amount of his ballets still being performed in the 1940's and 1950's.  During my first few years of attending performances I saw 'Prince Igor', 'Les Sylphides', 'Carnaval', 'Scheherazade',...


Degas Dancers

Posted by , 13 August 2005 · 34 views




"Degas: Dancers Practicing At the Barre"


The original painting is square in shape, approximately 36"X36", painted with mixed media on canvas, and framed with a clear glass covering.


It portrays two dancers in extended positions at the barre: the one on the left stretching in Arabesque, and the dancer on the right, with her back to...


Nureyev's Swan Lake

Posted by , 13 August 2005 · 45 views

I recently acquired a DVD player and before buying a disc I have been previewing it by borrowing the discs from the New York Public Library.  (I am fortunate to have such a good source.)  I have had pretty good luck so far; I look up titles on Amazon and request them from the NYPL and then decide if they are worth buying.  The most recent was a 'Swan...


Alicia Markova

Posted by , 13 August 2005 · 41 views

There doesn't seem to be much curiosity about Alicia Markova as a ballerina.  The first time I saw her dance was my very first ballet performance, in April 1944 at the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York.  She performed 'Les Sylphides' with Anton Dolin.  Since she was born in 1910 she was 34 years old--usually considered 'prime...






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