Stravinsky-Balanchine video in Saratoga
Posted 21 July 2003 - 07:46 AM
I am very pleased with yesterday's program. As it turned out, we were competing with two other dance events in town. I just hate when that happens! We go for months here longing for things, and then everything happens at once. But we were aiming for different audiences, so no big problem.
Jenifer Ringer was doing a children's program at the mall, so we didn't have young kids, just as well since my program would have bored them silly. The dance museum had a workout program, so the fitness buffs went there. And we got a group that was interested in the cerebral...so it was all good.
We had about 50 people, not bad on a day of glorious summer sunshine. Nancy Reynolds began the program. I asked her questions from a prepared list that I had emailed to her: about the video project and the foundation in general, about the intended purpose and audience for the video, about Stephanie Jordan's background and her own. We could have gone on forever but held that part to about 45 minutes because Nancy had to get back to the city and the video is over one and a half hours. Some attendees got restless during the video, some watched part and had to leave, but the majority stayed right with it, and that is no small trick: the material is dense and complex and it requires close attention.
Afterwards I introduced Chuck Joseph who is a friend of mine, and we followed the same type of question and answer format: Stravinsky and Balanchine and their backgrounds, their friendship, the structure of the music, memories as related to Chuck by Stravinsky's son, who was his teacher.
It was a long afternoon--almost 3 hours--and I got lots of positive feedback. I had asked Albert Evans and Wendy Whelan (both in the video) to come, but they were unable to, due to rehearsals--just as well, although they would have added so much, the time would have been just too long. Interestingly many NYCB dancers (including Peter Boal, who is in it) have not yet seen the full video, due to their crazy schedules.
The library is donating the video to the Dance Museum--it is intended for research purposes and my library has no research collection in video. This is just one more reason for all of you to come to Saratoga!! Come to the museum and view this work.
I really enjoyed the day, and meeting Iris was such fun. Farrell Fan: this morning I sent you a snail mail note telling you that we had met, and that we want to have a get together in DC during Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Start thinking of restaurants!
NOTE to admin: As I think about it, this should be moved. This is not a City Ballet event, but a Balanchine Foundation event. The Foundation was very clear about that. So can you move it please? And thanks!
Posted 21 July 2003 - 08:17 AM
Did Reynods mention any new projects upcoming for the Foundation?
Posted 21 July 2003 - 08:39 AM
Additionally, there has been "talk" about another "Balanchine and" video--she mentioned Tchaikovsky, but my impression is that is very early stage and heavily dependent on financial issues.
It should be an exciting year!
And re Stephanie Jordan's books: I have read "Moving Music", but not all of it. Like the film, it is dense and tough going. I think she is brilliant, and that she has the most interesting career. I was most fortunate to hear her speak about two years ago and I won't forget it.
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