Posted 11 September 2003 - 03:55 AM
Posted 11 September 2003 - 04:11 AM
one footnote here, tho in no way contradicting your point, is the fact that the original creators of the ballet intended for the 3rd manager to be riding the horse we see riderless in the final version of the ballet. in fact, the floppy figure of a rider fell off the horse designed by picasso and built by whomever fell off during some rehearsal time. so the final choice was to let the horse become a riderless characer/manager.
i don't know of this concept: beauty is missing. but it is fascinating and in keeping w/ many of the things i do know of japanese aesthetics.
in all, a compelling thought.
Posted 11 September 2003 - 07:28 AM
I was struck, reading Cyril W. Beaumont's account of this, by the way he viewed the Acrobats -- as pathetic creatures, groping each other but without lust or love; another "absence."
I wonder if that was the first unitard pas de deux?
Posted 11 September 2003 - 02:03 PM
Posted 11 September 2003 - 03:12 PM
Let it be a lesson to the "human" dancers -- the old actors' warning about never appearing with a child or an animal! :cat:
Posted 11 September 2003 - 06:28 PM
I just was thinking about "Parade" in the concept of Zen, and that topic suddenly popped into my head. It's almost an extended koan.
I remember meeting a friend after I had left the Joffrey, and he told me that he had been part of the horse. "The head?" asked I, all innocence and figuring his height would have made him a natural for that tall structure. "No, the other end." "Oh, type-casting!" When I woke up in the alley....
I have quite a few souvenir buttons of the Joffrey in various colors, and of different folk, but only one of the horse. It wouldn't stay in stock!
Posted 12 September 2003 - 05:47 AM
According to the Gold-Fitzdale biography of Misia Sert, Cocteau and Satie intended PARADE as a side-swipe Ballets Russe hangers-on, whom they despised. That may be true, but Massine gave it something more than subtext. PARADE is quirky, but great, in its own unique way.
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