"Lost" Balanchine BalletsWhich ones would you like to be "found"
Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:29 AM
I've always wanted to see The Seven Deadly Sins. I'm talking about the 1950's version with Allegra Kent. The pictures of it look so fanciful, and Allegra looks so young and beautiful. I suppose the reason I want to see it is not so much for the choreography, but for the vivid theatrical experience it seemed to be. The costumes and sets look so stunningly original and of course we would get to see Allegra in a role that she apparently danced and acted to perfection.
The other Balanchine ballet I would like to see is I think considered more "minor" Balanchine. It's Rhapsody Espanole(not sure about the spelling) that premiered during the Ravel Festival in the 70's. I've only seen one picture of it and read a small paragraph about it in Repertory in Review, but it seems interesting. The costumes look sparkly and showy and kinda cool, and I'd love to see what Balanchine made to this music.
Are there any lost Balanchine ballets that anyone would like to see revived?
Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:52 AM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 06:15 AM
from that same festival edward gorey often voiced interest in seeing GASPARD DE LA NUIT again. as i recall it was strange and dark - bernard daydee's designs were chicly gothic - so that's another candidate, with regard to the ravel festival ballets, that i too would like to see again, if for no other reason but to see what i could now make of its mysterious effects - i believe some dancers were suspended in the air and others held mirrors to somewhat sinister effect.
speaking of ravel fest. ballets, their festival inspired arlene croce to write one of her more memorable and wickedly witty lines. it was in her assessment of john taras's 'daphnis and chloe' and went, if mem. serves as follows:
'flame throwers wouldn't get me back for another look.'
but now i've gone way off topic.
i make the two suggestions above simply to connect to the 'rhapsody' comment in the initial post. given the time and energy i'm sure i'd come up w/ a good number more beyond that festival.
re: SEVEN DEADLY SINS, it's really too bad that the revival w/ bette midler went bust when mr. b. got heart trouble just as the plans were being finalized and the whole revival got scrapped. so near, yet so far...
Posted 16 December 2003 - 07:31 AM
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 08:24 AM
Hope to see this piece someday.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 09:27 AM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 10:17 AM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 10:44 AM
From an article titled “Figures in the Carpet” by Laura Jacobs (in The New Criterion online):
Among the lost Balanchine ballets most mourned by the late Lincoln Kirstein was The Figure in the Carpet from the 1960s, a work whose dances, he wrote, “suggested the age in which the arabesque of Islamic ornament wove itself into Western European fashion and design, just as the arabesque, our ballet position, fixed the place of Islam in a royal academy of dancing at Versailles.” Kirstein remarks that The Figure in the Carpet “was too unwieldy to maintain”; others suggest it was musically monotonous.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 11:03 AM
When I first saw it (1985) the dancers wore leotards with chiffon skirts over them. Then, when I again saw it (around year 1999) they wore tutus.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 03:44 PM
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:00 PM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:02 PM
Whatever happened to Union Jack? Seems to me it hasn't been done in eons.
I saw Gaspard. I do not need to see it again. But I missed the notorious PAMTGG, just before my time. That would be interesting. Or not. :shrug:
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