Jump to content


"Lost" Balanchine BalletsWhich ones would you like to be "found"


  • Please log in to reply
82 replies to this topic

#31 Roma

Roma

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 190 posts

Posted 20 February 2004 - 02:15 PM

Apparently, the Mariinsky has La Chatte on their White Nights Festival schedule. Has it been "found"?

#32 sandik

sandik

    Rubies Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,539 posts

Posted 20 February 2004 - 10:34 PM

Apparently, the Mariinsky has La Chatte on their White Nights Festival schedule. Has it been "found"?

Are you sure it's the Balanchine? I seem to remember something by Roland Petit (?) by that title.

#33 Roma

Roma

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 190 posts

Posted 21 February 2004 - 06:55 AM

I sincerely hope it's not Petit's La Chatte, because it's part of the "Balanchine and Diaghilev" evening with Apollo and Prodigal Son :sweating:

#34 rg

rg

    Emeralds Circle

  • Editorial Advisor
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,444 posts

Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:16 AM

i believe the LA CHATTE planned for the maryinsky is the hodson/archer 'reconstruction' of balanchine's ballet. (this followed closely the attempt to have markova recall/reconstruct 'le chant du rossignol'.)
so markova had some input for this 'reconstruction' as well, overseen by hodson and archer - who as usual did thorough work recreating the designs.
it was originally done for les grands ballets canadiens; i thought i could find a library catalogue entry for it but cannot at the moment.
perhaps someone else on this board has the particulars.
so far as i know after the initial run at grands ballets c. it was not done elsewhere.

#35 Jack Reed

Jack Reed

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,528 posts

Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:47 PM

Le Baiser de la Fee and Card Game have been on my want list for a long time, partly because of what I hear in their scores, partly because of what I read by those who saw them:

"[Le Baiser de la Fee's] images of destiny, its tragic illuminations, are as convincing as any I know in literature; but the lightness, the grace with which these dramatic scenes develop is peculiarly Balanchinian. Baiser de la Fee is poetic theatre at its truest." So wrote Edwin Denby about the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's performances in 1940.

And about their Poker Game, which he called a "minor masterpiece", he wrote, "Besides being easy to look at, what you see is amusing. The steps emphasize a kind of staccato and a lateralness that may remind you of playing-card figures; many of the steps you recognise as derived from musical comedy. But the variety, the elasticity of dance impetus, the intelligent grace are qualities you never get in musical comedy routines. Nor does the musical comedy routine allow everyone onstage to project intelligent and personal good spirits. Poker Game, by allowing the dancers just this, makes you feel as if you were for a while in the best of company, with everybody natural and everybody interesting." (There's a subtext here about what's right and wrong about Balanchine performance which puts the stagings we see today into perspective, and says, for me, why Farrell's are the best of them, but that's another story.)

I never saw these, of course, but to pass something like from the sublime to the ridiculous, I am with those who say we don't need to see PAMTGG again. I looked at it a couple of times, and can even remember some irrelevant bits, like the clear plastic luggage piled up left and right on stage and the rising and falling passage of horizontal dancers across the stage on the hands of the corps, though not anything consequential like a pas de deux.

But even the Joffrey's Cotillon was something to see, although it went a little blank right where it should develop powerful mystery, in the "Hand of Fate" pas de deux; Chabrier's music points the way, but the Joffery dancers didn't take us very far, and so it was encouraging to read here that a better one had been staged in Tulsa. Maybe they will get put together. And then again...

#36 Paul Parish

Paul Parish

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,925 posts

Posted 23 February 2004 - 10:48 PM

I'm with Carley about hte Hand of Fate from Cotillon--

Oakland Ballet did it here, danced it beautifully -- SUsan Taylor I think was the ballerina at first, and later it was done by Joy Gim, both were sensational. It was staged by the Tulsa people (Moscelyn Larkin? I think), and it was a glorious dance -- very clean action, very few steps, actually, but haunting, truly mysterioous -- -- I remember I htink, hte ballerina doing a huge renverse with a weird timing to it, so that it did not become a releve until the leg had already begun to sweep around to the back, and then somehow she collapsed behind her partner in slow motion.... Could not tell you how it happened, though it was slower than slow and it all took place right in front of you, downstage and en face, and yet it was SO strange.....

Hodson and Archer's version for the Joffrey was much brisker -- and not very atmospheric. I found myself tempted to believe in the Larkin/Jasinski version, because it had such poetic force to it.

#37 Figurante

Figurante

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 170 posts

Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:53 PM

I would love to see Glinka Pas de Trois @ nycb... I do not remember the last time it was performed, but it is definitely one of my favorites to dance!

In addition I would also love to see The Fairy's Kiss, or Baiser de la Fee.... I am unaware also, of the last time this was performed.... In any rate, I adore the music! :-)

#38 Dale

Dale

    Emeralds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,042 posts

Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:13 PM

I would love to see Glinka Pas de Trois @ nycb... I do not remember the last time it was performed, but it is definitely one of my favorites to dance!

In addition I would also love to see The Fairy's Kiss, or Baiser de la Fee.... I am unaware also, of the last time this was performed.... In any rate, I adore the music! :-)


The full Basier de la Fee hasn't been performed in a very long time (except a pas de deux set by Tallchief at a Works and Processes program in 2004). If you mean, the Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la Fée" - NYCB performed for 2 seasons a year ago and it's on next winter's schedule.

#39 vipa

vipa

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,071 posts

Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:21 PM

As some others have said I would like to see Figure in the Carpet. Some dancers who were in it were quoted as saying it is a shame it was lost and others say it is just as well.

I'd also like to see the earlier version of Valse Fantasie. The most recent version has a principal couple. I've been told that the earlier version had several "ballerina parts." Correct me if I'm wrong.

#40 Figurante

Figurante

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 170 posts

Posted 26 July 2007 - 07:25 PM

I would love to see Glinka Pas de Trois @ nycb... I do not remember the last time it was performed, but it is definitely one of my favorites to dance!

In addition I would also love to see The Fairy's Kiss, or Baiser de la Fee.... I am unaware also, of the last time this was performed.... In any rate, I adore the music! :-)


The full Basier de la Fee hasn't been performed in a very long time (except a pas de deux set by Tallchief at a Works and Processes program in 2004). If you mean, the Divertimento from "Le Baiser de la Fée" - NYCB performed for 2 seasons a year ago and it's on next winter's schedule.


That's great news!! But I would still love to see the full version, as I have all the music. :off topic:

#41 innopac

innopac

    Gold Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 783 posts

Posted 02 December 2007 - 10:51 PM

In her autobiography Irina Baronova wishes Cotillon ("a tender, mysterious dream of youth") and La Concurrence ("inventive and funny with brilliant choreography" were revived. She describes how in La Concurrence Balanchine had Toumanova, Riabouchinska and herself line up and "execute thirty-two fouettés in unison, a thing never seen before" and how both the company during rehearsal and the audience during performances reacted with excitement. She comments that it wasn't a problem for the three ballerinas--they "could do the fouettés on one spot, travelling in any direction or on diagonale" and that it was "great fun".

(Irina: Ballets, life and love. Page 76)

#42 bart

bart

    Diamonds Circle

  • Board Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,320 posts

Posted 03 December 2007 - 08:12 AM

She describes how in La Concurrence Balanchine had Toumanova, Riabouchinska and herself line up and "execute thirty-two fouettés in unison, a thing never seen before" [ ... ]

And I always thought that Balanchine had contempt for the 32-fouette trick. :)

There's been some nostalgia here for PAMTGG. The score was truly annoying. If a joke, it was not funny. (The Pan Am jingle is hovering just outside my memory as I type. Go AWAY!)

I recall this as feeling dated even when it first appeared -- though costumes and story line may have made it appear more so. I would be interested to see this again if only for the movement quality and the imaginative uses that Balanchine made of his of dancers. Would it work better without the period costumes?

#43 cubanmiamiboy

cubanmiamiboy

    Diamonds Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,250 posts

Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:51 AM

She comments that it wasn't a problem for the three ballerinas--they "could do the fouettés on one spot, travelling in any direction or on diagonale" and that it was "great fun".
(Irina: Ballets, life and love. Page 76)

Oh, those "Baby ballerinas"... :jawdrop: :)

#44 Farrell Fan

Farrell Fan

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,930 posts

Posted 03 December 2007 - 12:53 PM

I'm curious about a couple of Balanchine ballets from the fifties -- "Roma" (1955) and "Native Dancers" (1959). The first was the other Balanchine ballet to Bizet, and the second, named for a famous racehorse, was a showcase for a pair of NYCB thoroughbreds: Patricia Wilde and Jacques d'Amboise. I never saw either ballet, and I'm not optimistic about ever seeing them. Peter Martins seems uninterested in Balanchine revivals. Perhaps Suzanne Farrell's Balanchine Preservation Initiative might be interested, but maybe not, since they predate her arrival at NYCB. Does anyone remember them?

#45 Ray

Ray

    Gold Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 997 posts

Posted 03 December 2007 - 01:09 PM

There's been some nostalgia here for PAMTGG. The score was truly annoying. If a joke, it was not funny. (The Pan Am jingle is hovering just outside my memory as I type. Go AWAY!)

I recall this as feeling dated even when it first appeared -- though costumes and story line may have made it appear more so. I would be interested to see this again if only for the movement quality and the imaginative uses that Balanchine made of his of dancers. Would it work better without the period costumes?



I'd LOVE to see PAMTGG, bad costumes and all (although I'm glad you brought it up first, Bart)! I wonder if someone like John Clifford could put it back together?


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases (adblockers may block display):