Cast changes = choreography changes?How common is this?
Posted 25 December 2003 - 09:20 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 09:58 AM
An example of a famous piece of choreography with almost constant changes to it is Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. From dancer to dancer, the man's variation seems done ad libitum, but the structure (how it's phrased musically; where the dancer changes to another step) remains the same. But at POB last week, Manuel Legris entered in the coda with a sort of split-kick jete, and Jose Martinez did cabrioles.
Now, changing steps for the corps de ballet is a different matter. It's done, but that sort of change is no longer "tailoring".
Posted 25 December 2003 - 10:03 AM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 10:22 AM
* Change in number of dancers
* Change in scenery or props
* Change in dancer bodies relative to each other
Posted 25 December 2003 - 07:35 PM
Yes, it seems that way to me too -- just think how many versions even of hte Black Swan there have been for ballerinas with knees that wouldn't do the fouettes -- some of the greatest dancers of the last century -- Maya Plisetskaya and Antoinette Sibley (during the last part of her career) did another set of brilliant turns rather than the fouettes.
Balanchine rechoreographed ballets for new circumstances -- for new dancers, or for television -- passages that weren't effective on TV got excised, and he came up with something that would photograph better.
Violette Verdy did a whole buncho f steps in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux that nobody else does -- a fabulous sequence of attitude turns (like 8 en dedans in a row), if I remember right, from watching it at the NyPublic Library.....
Posted 25 December 2003 - 07:36 PM
How utterly fascinating! Those dives today are so iconic of the pas! Do you know, Mel (or anyone), what was there originally, as set by Maestro Petipa? I would imagine some kind of supported pirouette into arabesque or second, but would love to know for certain.
In the Diaghilev revival of Sleeping Beauty, Bronislava Nijinska threw in the "fish dives" in the grand pas de deux . . .
Posted 25 December 2003 - 08:29 PM
Posted 25 December 2003 - 11:11 PM
Verdy looks at the final part of the coda. “Really that hasn’t changed much.” Somogyi bourrées forward and does alternating single and double fouettés ending with a perfectly nailed triple. Verdy recalls the original version. “I did relevé [in back attitude] en tournant slowly off the music . . .[Balanchine] said ‘Do what you want here’ . . .but then I changed it when I saw what it looked like. It was a nice idea but I don’t think any one would want to do it. It was counter the mood.” She asks Somogyi “just to try . . . just for the record. Keep your nice double fouettés.”
Posted 26 December 2003 - 04:40 PM
Thank you, too, Leigh. I assume that this tape will be available at NYPL's Dance Collection. Yes?
Posted 26 December 2003 - 05:55 PM
Posted 26 December 2003 - 09:14 PM
Dale - I remember seeing the film of Hayden doing the releves as well now that you mention them. I'd have to say that in both cases the change was an improvement.
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