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#16 Alexandra

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 08:52 AM

I'd like to see Undertow again. I saw it in the late '70s, early '80s when there seemed to me to be a generation gap between ABT and Tudor -- Romeo, Pillar and Undertow didn't work. Danilo Radojevic was just no Hugh Laing :crying: I had a sense that the dancers were doing their level best, but Tudor's aesthetic was no longer the company's. They were wonderful in "Leaves are Fading," but the older works needed an expressionism that just wasn't their native language. About the same time, DTH began to do older ballets -- "Fancy Free," "Graduation Ball," "Streetcar," "Fall River Legend" -- that I thought DID work. They looked as though they'd been watching 1940s movies, if not 1940s ballet.

But I'd still like to see Undertow again.

And I think I'd rather see the Kirov tackle Hans's Wish List. I know staging Fokine at the moment is impratical to impossible (for bureaucratic reasons), but I'd like to see his "home company" try those works.

#17 samsara

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 10:13 AM

Hello Alexandra,

What a great idea to post those works we want to see done and/or revived by ABT!However, how can we let ABT know our wishes and requests? Once there's a substantial list, would it be possible for you to send the list to ABT's artistic management? Again, thanks for yet another wonderful Ballet Alert idea.

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#18 Alexandra

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 10:16 AM

Thanks, Samsara,

I'm not sure it's Ballet Alert!'s place to make formal suggestions, or even pass along members' suggestions. BUT we always encourage people to let a company know what they like about a season, or don't like, or what ballets they'd like to see, or their opinion of new rep, revivals, etc. I'm sure they'd like to hear from you, too. You can find the addresses of companies on their web sites -- so write, write, write :crying:

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 10:36 AM

Maybe, Symphonie Concertante and Ballet Imperial( w/ Gillian murphy) as Balanchine centennary tribute.

Joe

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 10:49 AM

If we're talking about ABT Balanchine revivals, I'd like to see this crew do Stravinsky Violin. They could probably do very well with Sonnambula, too. Love that ballet. :D Suggested casts: Sleepwalker: Julie Kent/Irina Dvorovenko*; Poet: Jose Carreno/Marcelo Gomes/Max Belotserkovsky; Coquette: Michele Wiles/Monique Meunier (who's already done it at NYCB).

*Yes, I know :crying: , but I really think she could make it work.

#21 Alexandra

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 10:58 AM

Thanks Joe and Carbro -- good ideas. Why shouldn't ABT have a Balanchine tribute? It would be fascinating to see Ballet Imperial in one house and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto across the Plaza. The ballets mentioned above haven't been in rep for a generation, so there are a lot of people who haven't seen them.

#22 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 12:07 PM

I wonder if Waltz Academy, made in '44 for Ballet Theatre by Balanchine to music by Rieti is revivable (or even worth reviving). Accordingly to the Catalogue of Works, it was revived by Ballet Theatre in '48 (retitled Six Waltzes) I don't know when it was dropped again.

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 01:06 PM

Shadowplay - Tudor

And I am always a sucker for a fun Gala Performance, Gaite or Grad Ball.

I second La Sylphyde with Ballet Imperial to open.

#24 Mel Johnson

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 01:14 PM

:crying:

Wouldn't it be interesting if ABT mounted a better Balanchine Tribute in 2004 than NYCB has so far announced?

"May you live in interesting times." - Scottish curse :D

#25 atm711

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 03:40 PM

My wish list for ABT is to have them pour as much money into their Tudor legacy as they have into those recent flops 'Othello', 'Pied Piper', and 'Hereafter'. Shame! Shame! :green:

#26 Alexandra

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Posted 14 July 2003 - 03:46 PM

I see all our Devils are out, with the most angelic notions :wacko: I think you have a good point, atm.

#27 Hans

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Posted 15 July 2003 - 07:52 AM

You're right, Alexandra--my list probably would look better on the Kirov! But I do think it would be fun to see Dvorovenko or Ananiashvili in Esmeralda, not to mention Ferri in Pas de Quatre.

I wonder if Jeux would look as athletic to us as it perhaps did to audiences at its premiere, considering the general athleticism of ballet these days.

#28 Alexandra

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Posted 15 July 2003 - 07:56 AM

Maybe they could get the Williams sisters to do a guest gig :wacko:

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Posted 15 July 2003 - 08:03 AM

:wacko: They probably would, too :green: It would increase ticket sales, no doubt....

#30 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 15 July 2003 - 08:08 AM

i remember enjoying voluntaries a great deal, has it been a long time for that one?


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