What do you think of the Balanchine Celebration?
Posted 28 June 2003 - 08:51 AM
Please feel free to expound upon your answer below, including what you like about the season as announced, what you would do differently if you ruled the world, etc.
Posted 28 June 2003 - 09:55 AM
Suzanne Farrell should be in charge of NYCB.
Posted 28 June 2003 - 10:38 AM
Posted 28 June 2003 - 10:38 AM
NYCB is clearly using the unique opportunity of Balanchine's 100th Birthday to launch a huge, empty marketing gimmick. During the Master's lifetime, one of the complaints was the extremely low key of the company's marketing efforts. But then, NYCB eschewed vulgarity on stage and in the media. Publicity? How common!!!
This is clearly business-as-usual, slightly rearranged, and wrapped with garish, oversized ribbons.
Posted 28 June 2003 - 10:41 AM
Posted 28 June 2003 - 03:26 PM
All the arts in New York City are facing difficult challenging times in our current economy. So I am upset by the allocation of NYCB's precious resources: i.e., the amount of money it will take (1) to mount new works and (2) to bring the Georgian State Company to perform. This means that there will be less money available to "fuss" over (read coach) the few Balanchine ballets that are revived.
Posted 28 June 2003 - 03:36 PM
Originally posted by Helena Handbasket
Perhaps we could all amuse ourselves by planning "The Peter Martins Very Special 100th Birthday Season" I can't quite come up with anything at the moment, but maybe that's just me.
"Something humourous, but lingering. With either boiling oil or melted lead, I fancy. I forget which. Boiling oil figures in it somehow, but I'm not sure."
Sir W.S. Gilbert
Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:12 PM
Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:17 PM
Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:22 PM
Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:28 PM
And, we can leave NY during the heart of the NYCB Nutcracker season and go to Washington D.C. to watch Farrell's company do an all-Balanchine program.
Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:32 PM
Posted 28 June 2003 - 07:41 PM
A person should not be in charge of this company who does not in his (or her) heart love producing Balanchine. The first requirement of a ballet master at NYCB is respect, from the heart, for that repertory. Actions speak louder than words.
Posted 29 June 2003 - 04:52 AM
As disturbing as this NYCB program is, and I know that you all have deep feelings about this, there are only a few options: Begin a letter writing/email campaign to NYCB with copies to appropriate entities including The Balanchine Trust and make your own plans for the centennial celebration.
It does seem to me that Dale's suggestions are really worth considering for those of us who are interested and able.
P.S. All this said, I'm sure I'll still be in attendance during the year at The NY State Theater. ;)
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