Serenade. Ballet of the Week 11/14/03WITH PHOTOS!!
Posted 14 November 2003 - 06:51 AM
Why not start with Serenade, Balanchine's first American ballet (1934). There are photos from the first rehearsals -- very eager, rather hefty young women. The ballet has changed over the years. I'm sure many here on the board know those stories and I'll leave you to tell them!
Lore, questions, favorite performances......your experiences with "Serenade," please.
Posted 14 November 2003 - 07:40 AM
Usually I am unable to speak after seeing it; once I came out onto the Promenade after a performance and burst into tears. And I'm not the crying type...at all.
I find Kyra Nichols ideal in the central role...so vulnerable & luminous. Kowroski and Kathleen Tracey have been gorgeous recently in the Angel role (who gave the role that name? surely not Balanchine?) but the beauteous Alexopoulos remains vividly in my memory. And at present I really am impressed with James Fayette in the second male role.
The unmatched beauty of the music, the arresting sight of the girls when the curtain rises...there can be nothing that compares.
Needless to say I will be there next Tuesday...with a box of tissues. I'm getting chills just thinking of it.
Edited by oberon, 14 November 2003 - 07:41 AM.
Posted 14 November 2003 - 11:09 AM
how about 30,000 = 3 pix.
i'm HOPING to post 3 historic photos of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo version c. 1940 on the ballet history topic, where i have the option of posting pictures.
Edited by Alexandra: Thank you, rg! I've moved them from the Ballet History forum onto this thread (and, with apologies, made them smaller).
Posted 14 November 2003 - 11:14 AM
i have corresponded w/ ms boris about this pose and she confirms that indeed it was an improvizational pose of her own devising, and not a moment from the ballet itself.
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(What stories these dresses could tell )
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