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Bonne Bouche Cov.Gdn. 1953 - need helpRoyal Ballet by Cranko


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#1 eabock

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 09:59 AM

I'm trying to locate a scene by scene description
of the dancing in this Cranko ballet. I saw it
performed in 1953. (see Ballet Annual 1953, pp31-35.)

Can anyone suggest where in New York or London
I might find details and photographs?
Edwin Bock

#2 Jane Simpson

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 10:14 AM

Ed, you need Richard Buckle's Ballet magazine for June 1952, which has an immensely detailed description of the action by Cyril Beaumont - pages and pages of it!

There's also quite a lot about it, with rather more pictures, in Dance and Dancers, May 1952.

I assume NYPL would have both of these.

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Posted 17 August 2003 - 01:03 PM

Jane,

Pleasant to be in touch again -- with you
being helpful as of yore. Many thanks.

Here's a coincidence: I found that Ballet Annual in the
second-hand section of a Barnes and Noble store
right next to Franks biography of Svetlana
Berisova -- the same book, you may recall,
I was looking for when we went to the old ballet
bookshop. Its cover largely intact. That made
me think of our expedition -- and now your
helpful advice seems to close the circle.

Not quite closed. I will be in London the last two
weeks of September. Any additional Cranko-Beriosova
hunting grounds come to mind?

Ed

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Posted 18 August 2003 - 01:28 PM

Ed, you might try the Theatre Museum - or did you go there last time? The only problem is that their reading room gets booked up very early, so if you do find they've got some interesting stuff you need to be reserving a space very soon - like now!

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:18 AM

Jane,

I'll try to review the Bonne Bouche materials you kindly listed above
when I go to the J. Robbins NYPL library next week. (Budget cuts
have forced that library to open only in the afternoons now.)

Four of my days in England will be spent in Oxford attending
the Waugh centennial conference. (Sept 24-27) Has anyone
made a ballet in which Waugh appears? A short, energetic
and somewhat comic
person -- might be fun to depict. (Perhaps a pdd with Nancy
Mitford, or maybe in a ballet version of Brideshead?)

Do you think any retired members of the RB who worked
with Svetlana would be willing to talk about their recollections?

I will get to work on the Theater Museum as you suggest.
Hope to see you in London.

Ed


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