Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:23 AM
Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:52 AM
Here's the intro:
As a student, Balanchine danced in Marius Petipa's Les Millions d'Harlequin. In Balanchine's two-act version, which he created for the 65th anniversary of the original production, the choreographer, by his own admission, "attempted to remain faithful to the spirit of Petipa's dances" and follows the tradition of the commedia dell'arte.
I'm looking forward to seeing it performed having only read about it in Villella's biography.
Posted 03 October 2003 - 09:58 AM
Posted 03 October 2003 - 10:12 AM
i know the late 20th c. recension of the ballet in USSR from a maly theater prod. by petr gusev (one of balanchine's contemporaries) on tape, and it compares remarkably similarly in many ways w/ what balanchine staged at NYCB, first in '65 and later expanded in '73. i've often felt that if one knew only the suite of dances for children that balanchine added in '73 one would have a fair idea of his masterly gift at ballet making in general and at petipa-lineage choreography in particular.
the work hasn't been revived in a good while now, so i hope when it's brought back for the centenary it can resemble its one-time enchanting self.
the pantomime is likely about as close as any other part of the staging to the original as balanchine knew it from petrograd.
the designs could use a re-vitalization, since these, by rouben ter-arutunian, were always somewhat make-shift as the scenery dervied in good part from recycling the setting r.t-a. had originiallydone for a '53 NYC Opera prod. of CENERENTOLA production.
Posted 03 October 2003 - 01:32 PM
I too have fond memories of Deni Lamont in the original cast, as well as of Suki Schorer, Pierrette to his Pierrot. Also memorable were Shaun O'Brien as a foppish suitor in a fantastic costume, the fabulous Gloria Govrin, "Big Glo," as the Good Fairy, and, of course, the incomparable principals -- Edward Villella and Patricia MacBride. It was magical, alright, and I hope some of that magic can be recaptured.
Posted 03 October 2003 - 03:45 PM
Still, I hope that this time The Powers cast a true demicaractere dancer -- not a prince -- as Harlequin.
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:33 PM
Oh, and I agree with Liebs- Ringer as Columbine would be amazing!
Edited by Marie Adelaide, 16 December 2003 - 05:35 PM.
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