Posted 24 March 2003 - 07:42 PM
The video I watched featured Wendy Whelan and Nilas Martins as the lead couple. I believe the ballet was originally choreographed for Maria Tallchief.
There were several short but wonderful solos in the men's section and the women had some very difficult pointe work. They actually waited their turn to dance, balancing en pointe. The pas de deux work was enjoyable to me. The ballet seemed different and similar in many ways to other Balanchine ballets. I did notice one short, exact passage from "The Four Temperaments".
The ballet in my opinion is worthy of a long life. It should be done often as so many others are. I wonder why I have never even heard of it in all my years of being a Balanchine/NYCB fan.
I was unable to find any info at the NYCB website. Has anyone seen this ballet with it's original cast or the more recent cast?
Posted 24 March 2003 - 07:58 PM
It had quite the original cast.
Elise Reiman was one of my teachers at SAB in 1970.
Posted 24 March 2003 - 08:33 PM
Posted 24 March 2003 - 10:41 PM
Posted 25 March 2003 - 07:46 AM
Posted 25 March 2003 - 08:47 AM
It lasted a couple of seasons after the Balanchine Celebration and then disappeared again.
Posted 22 April 2003 - 06:10 PM
According to the Fall 1985 issue of Ballet Review, Francisco Moncion reconstructed the ballet for Kansas City, at the urging of Todd Belender, who also was in the first cast. Tallchief and Le Clarcq contributed as well. It wasn't in Marilyn Hunt's article, but it would make sense if Una Kai was involved, as she was the ballet mistriss during the 50s.
As far as it's life now at NYCB, the current administration appears not to be interested in many revivals. Maybe Divertimento will be done for a Balanchine Celebration in 2004. There was some criticism of some of the revivals (Bourree Fantastique and a few others) and the higher-ups seemed to go, "See, we told you. Balanchine didn't want those ballets back for a reason. They weren't good." I liked the revival of Bourree Fantastique (both at ABT and NYCB). And today, it would make great use of Maria Kowroski's comic abilities in the first movement. Somogyi in the 2nd and Bouder in the third...
Maybe another company will do Divertimento, such as Miami or the Joffrey
Posted 22 April 2003 - 10:34 PM
His opinion, not mine. But after all the great things I'd read about the Haieff, that performance was a bit disappointing.
Terribly sad that neither Moncion nor LeClerc is around to supervise a staging for the upcoming festival.
Posted 23 April 2003 - 10:22 AM
Carbo, there are some conspiracy theorists out there who think your reaction ("This ballet was so wonderful?") is why the company brings ballets back this way.
That's why I'm not looking forward to such a big festival next year. I know how it's going to be done and how it will look. I'd love for these ballets to be lovingly restored, with time and care.
When Martins first took over, he (and Von Aroldingen) did bring back Leibeslieder that way (although he had two ballerinas who knew their parts from Balanchine's era in Farrell and McBride). He had the Tallchief part mostly restored in Firebird and reconstructed Gounod Symphony. I'd rather seen that - a ballet brought back as the highlight of a season.
Posted 23 April 2003 - 10:57 AM
I think that in some cases, when the ballets were still known by those in the company -- either the dancers or ballet masters -- it is likely that the alumni were asked for a final look. There were cases, though, where the consulting showed brilliant results and suggest a considerable investment of time and heart by guest ballet masters. Harlequinade, for example, which was coached by both McBride and Villella, revealed Peter Boal's newfound sense of dramatic projection. A real milestone, I think, in his artistic growth.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:55 PM
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