A Month In The Country
Posted 18 November 2003 - 10:44 AM
I have a video called Great Pas De Deux that has a short piece of it with Makarova and Dowell dancing a pas de deux. It's a very bittersweet and lovely pas that looks like Beliaev has just told Natalia he is leaving. It's make me hungry to see the whole ballet! I don't think it is available on video (Hopefully I'm wrong.)
Also is the ballet still being performed by the Royal Ballet? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks
Posted 18 November 2003 - 11:08 AM
the ballet was filmed and telecast but not, to the best of my knowledge, released commercially. perhaps someone in your area has an off-the-air copy of the television program.
here are the credits for that filming:
A month in the country 1978.
45 min. : sd. color
Telecast on November 15, 1978 by WNET-TV/13 on its series Great performances. A BBC Television presentation by John Vernon and Colin Nears taped in performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Includes opening interview by Robin Ray with Sir Frederick Ashton.
Choreography: Frederick Ashton. Music: Frederic Chopin arranged by John Lanchbery. Based on the play by Ivan Turgenev. Scenery and costumes: Julia Trevelyan Oman.
Performed by the Royal Ballet, London. Cast: Lynn Seymour (Natalia Petrovna), Graham Fletcher (Kolia, her son), David Drew (Yslaev, her husband), Denise Nunn (Vera, Natalia's ward), Anthony Dowell (Beliaev, Kolia's tutor), Derek Rencher (Rakitin, Natalia's admirer). Piano soloist: Philip Gammon.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 02:55 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 03:03 PM
I saw it several times when it was new, and several times since, with different casts. Like many Ashton ballets, it's lost its subtlety over the years -- more histrionics, more, well, everything. And it's still a great ballet.
Ashton is rarely seen as an innovator, because his innovations are so quiet. I read something once -- I think it was by Clive Barnes, although I've never been able to find idt and may be misremembering -- that you'd go to see a new Ashton ballet and think it was just more of the same, until a week or so later, you realized that there were many new things in it -- new steps, a new way of structuring a work or, as in "A Month in the Country" a new way of telling a story using steps to depict mood and character, or to actually advance the story -- but he's so smooth and subtle they don't look new, and so you miss them.
It's still in repertory -- not every season, of course, but done frequently. Among its many charms was its perfect casting -- another Ashton hallmark.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 03:26 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 03:36 PM
I'm really a bit of a novice when it comes to Ashton's ballets, but what I've seen so far I love.
I find it a bit weird that the two choreographers I like and admire the most (Balanchine and Ashton), are so different from each other! It makes me wonder what it is that makes me respond in such a positive way to each of thier ballets.
To my eye they are both very musical and what Alexandra said about Ashton "so smooth and subtle" could also apply to Balanchine I suppose.
If anyone else has anything to add about this ballet please do. Thanks again!
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Posted 19 November 2003 - 06:55 AM
so far as i know there have been no other productions of this ashton work other than that at the royal ballet. so the original designs have been used exclusively to date, unless there's a subsequent production i've not heard about.
Month in the country : Chor: Frederick Ashton; mus: Frederick Chopin (Variations on "Là ci darem," Fantasy on Polish airs, Andante spianato and Grand polonaise in E flat) arranged by John Lanchbery; lib: freely adapted from Turgenev's play; scen: Julia Trevelyan Oman; lighting: William Bundy. First perf: London, Covent Garden, Feb 12, 1976, Royal Ballet.//First perf. in U.S.: New York, Metropolitan Opera House, Apr 27, 1976, Royal Ballet.
Posted 19 November 2003 - 06:56 AM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 09:34 AM
Alexandra, on Nov 19 2003, 02:56 PM, said:
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