Posted 20 January 2004 - 08:25 PM
Lovebird, Seven Deadly Sins is an unusual mixture. it's more a theater piece than a ballet, although Allegra Kent apparently had a lot of dancing in it. it was originally done in 1933, music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, and it evokes that era (Weimar, Nazi Germany, etc) in many different guises-- cabaret, ballet, opera, jazz, all kinds of things. It requires a singer/protagonist of similarly remarkable talents as its dancer/protagonist (they are called Anna I and Anna II); the German star Lotte Lenya, who was both cabaret performer and actress, played the singing role. you'll remember from Kent's autobiography that Balanchine thought more than once of reviving it but never actually did. The ballet is intended to be somewhat scandalous and shocking (if you've seen other things that evoke the period, such as Cabaret or the movie The Damned, you notice some similarities), and apparently Kent and Lenya were smashing in it --the still photographs and snatches of film of Kent in the role are amazing. There was supposedly a good deal more scandal in 1933, at the premiere, than in 1958, at the revival.