Raymonda in 2004
Posted 25 March 2003 - 12:54 AM
According to the blurb on Ms. Holmes on the contributor page of the April/May issue of Pointe Magazine, she will mount the production on American Ballet Theatre in 2004. ABT's Le Corsaire was set on the company by Holmes.
Personally, I think this is great news. ABT had Nureyev's production of Raymonda about 20-something years ago and I didn't think it did the company's ballerinas justice (RN rechoreographed it so the man had the best parts). I can think of several excellent potential Raymonda's in the company right now In addition, we haven't seen the ballet in New York in quite a while.
Editing to add that further into the magazine, it says the ballet is a "Finnish National Ballet/American Ballet Theatre co-production." The last co-production ABT was involved with was Kudelka's Firebird (with NBoC and Pennsylvania Ballet, which will show it this Summer). Firebird was to have been shown last Met season in New York, but was cancelled due to budget cuts.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 06:10 AM
Posted 25 March 2003 - 08:49 AM
The only Raymonda I have in my head is Balanchine's Raymonda Variations.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 09:48 AM
It originally had chorography by Petipa to the most glorious music by Glazanov, which Balanchine loved and choreographed to several times with the feeling (but not literal) of Petipa. It has lots of Hungarian character dancing and typical Petipa "dream ballet" or white act. The part of Raymonda, at least the only other production I've seen other than the old ABT version, is very large and contains several solos. And the ABT managment will love that it has two big male parts.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 04:19 PM
Posted 26 March 2003 - 06:38 AM
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