Balanchine @ 100, PBS previews, reviews
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:08 PM
Mindy Aloff's letter has a short preview of the Balanchine documentary to be broadcast on PBS this week, as well as a detailed report on the panel discussion (with Anna Kisselgoff, Peter Martins, Jacques d'Amboise, Arthur Mitchell and Merrill Ashley) called Balanchine @ 100
Dale Brauner has a preview of the Balanchine documentary, including a list of all the clips used
And there are two reviews of the first week's rep, one by Gay Morris (new to DVTimes, but a regular contributor to Danceview for years. She wrote about dance in San Francisco for us and was book reviews editor for a while) and Susan Reiter
First paragraph(s) are on the front page, with links to the articles inside.
Posted 14 January 2004 - 06:59 PM
I'm glad Aloff reported on the dynamic between the panelists. It was interesting she felt Kisselgoff was more panelist than moderator. I wish Kisselgoff had followed up on the comment that Robbins tried to take over the company in the 50s. It would have been nice to know more about that.
The comments from D'Amboise and Mitchell were especially interesting. Not that Ashely's and Martins' weren't, but we see them around here more often.
Unfortunately, Martins seemed squash any hopes of revivals or reconstructions of works by Balanchine. Martins' quote from Balanchine, who supposedly said not to bring back any "lost" works, made me think whether we should honor choreographers' requests on the liftspan of a work, or is it more important for society that these works stay alive (this goes for Ashton, Tudor and others too). After seeing the Lost Balanchine seminar at the Guggenheim, I vote for bringing these works back, even in fragments. The bits and pieces that I saw were revealations - not only as a document to Balanchine's work but as theater. The same goes for the Act II pas de deux from Don. Q Suzanne Farrell brought back for her company's recent run. How glorious would it be now to see Maria Kowroski, a natural comedic ballerina, in the first movement of Bourrée Fantasque, Somogyi or Ringer in the second movement and Bouder or Taylor in the third.
Anyway, it didn't seem D'Amboise agreed as he offered up À la Françaix, which was filmed when Eglevsky revived it for his company in the 70s.
Posted 14 January 2004 - 09:25 PM
Posted 14 January 2004 - 09:55 PM
Posted 15 January 2004 - 01:16 AM
Aw, jeez, wouldn't they, though!
"God, wouldn't Ringer and Millepied be perfect for Haiff Divertt.?"
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