JewelsWhich section is your favorite?
Posted 19 August 2003 - 05:49 AM
So my question is this, which section is your favorite and why? I love Emeralds the best. It's so elusive and poetic. It's such a romantic and delicate world Mr. Balanchine created. Faure's music is gentle and sweet but not cloying. The relationship between the men and women are so subtle and courtly. I just want to heave a big romantic sigh everytime I see it.
So please respond and tell your favorite section of Jewels. This is my first topic starter posting, so please be kind to the poor "virgin". Also I'm going thru NYCB news withdrawal with the season over and the new one so far away, that any talk of it is welcome!
Posted 19 August 2003 - 06:37 AM
But it's worth asking the question again, as probably there are a lot of new members who hadn't seen the previous discussion, or some people who hadn't replied to the poll.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 07:45 AM
Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:18 AM
Posted 19 August 2003 - 10:01 AM
Of course Diamonds is a homage to Imperial Russia - I remember I recognizing parts of ballets in it: the promenade in passe reminded me of Don Q pdd, the hand raised with the palm touching the back of the head reminded me of Raymonda, some tombes with cambre derreriere of Swan Lake, and some developpes a la seconde of the Nutcracker.
I wonder if you agree with me?
Posted 19 August 2003 - 01:26 PM
Mimi Paul and Francisco Moncion had the "walking" pas de deux in Emeralds and they were mesmerizing. Verdy's partner was Conrad Ludlow, one of the greatest of all NYCB partners. In 1976 Balanchine expanded Emeralds with an additional pas de deux for Verdy and Anthony Blum, and a pas de sept for all the principals. (Jewels had its premiere in 1967.) Coming at the height of the "dance boom," Jewels was a great hit. The New York State Theater was packed at every performance. Nevertheless, at most performances that I saw, the audience response to Emeralds was merely polite.
The original cast of Jewels was long-limbed-- Mimi Paul and and Patricia Neary, the "pin-up girl" in Rubies had glorious legs. The combination of McBride and Villella was a long-established partnership at NYCB and everybody loved them. All these years later, there's been nobody as adorable as McBride and nobody with the same kind of magnetism as Villella.
Diamonds featured another beloved NYCB pair, Farrell and d'Amboise. In Repertory in Review, Nancy Reynolds quotes an opinion from Partisan Review: "When Farrell is at her best, Diamonds is one of the largest, most intense, most uncluttered experiences in ballet." I'm my own kind of partisan, and all I can say is I never saw Farrell when she was not at her best.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:03 PM
Posted 19 August 2003 - 05:14 PM
I first saw "Jewels" in 1975. Merrill Ashley danced Violette's role. John Clifford, Sarah Leland, with either Colleen Neary or Wilhelmina Frankfurt (as the tall girl) danced 'Rubies', and Kay Mazzo danced Diamonds with Peter Martins. Heather Watts was in the corps.
I have to say that I prefer the original scenery.
Posted 05 September 2003 - 01:30 PM
glebb, as an aside, what was Mazzo like in "Diamonds"?
Posted 06 September 2003 - 04:31 AM
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