POLL: Should NYCB do "Swan Lake"
Posted 15 May 2003 - 10:37 AM
Now that it's a part of permanent repertory, do you think it's good for New York City Ballet to do "Swan Lake"? What do they gain, what do they lose? Do you think the production is improving? Do you think it's good for the dancers? For the audience? Vote yes or no in the poll, but please feel free to explain further below.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 10:48 AM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 11:00 AM
now, who's version it is, well...that's another poll.
But it's a good opportunity for them to emotionally grow in a role, I wish they spaced them out a bit more though.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 11:03 AM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 11:27 AM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 11:30 AM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:07 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:36 PM
I voted "no" because I thought the question referred to Martins' Swan Lake. It puzzles me that his production is still being performed. However, I'd still vote "no" except to the Balanchine version, even though it isn't to my taste.
As for your other questions, I can't say whether or not Martins' production is improving, but I don't think dancing it is good for either the dancers or the audience.
Then there's the question of whether or not it would be enjoyable for the audience to watch NYCB perform a real Swan Lake. I imagine it would probably just look like an unfortunate rendering of a good production done better by other companies. I guess you could say the same thing about Balanchine being done by companies not trained in his style, but there would be some historical interest in watching the Maryinsky perform "Diamonds" and "Ballet Imperial" and Paris Opéra dancing "Palais de Cristal," whereas seeing NYCB dance Petipa is sort of like watching Svetlana Zakharova dance the reconstructed "Sleeping Beauty."
Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:57 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 01:42 PM
Maybe whipping the Balanchine rep into shape would do the trick. Or maybe that's just too much effort. (Sorry. Couldn't resist the cattiness. They do seem to be working on that, and I remain hopeful that the Centennial will be a great artistic high point of the [ahem] Martins Years.)
Should NYCB do a traditional Swan Lake? Voted yes. Thinking here that Balanchine style has influenced everyone's dancing -- more aggressive attack, greater lower body emphasis, etc. Martins' keeps pushing them to sharpen the attack yet more, and more, and more. Enough, already! A dose of classical restraint would be good for this crew.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 04:00 PM
Besides the classics are not what NYCB does best. The neo-classics are.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 04:03 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 05:03 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 06:18 PM
Posted 16 May 2003 - 06:00 AM
There's always the problem, too, with a less than ideal production, that the audience will think that this is the standard "Swan Lake."
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