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Alexandra

If you could only save one ballet.....

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Okay. Here's the deal. The Lilac Fairy appears to you and says, "Only one ballet by George Balanchine will be in repertory at his 200th birthday. [stop screaming. I'm sure there will be many more, but this is just for the sake of a Thread] Which ballet would you want it to be? We promise it will be danced exactly the way you like it, and the cast will be just the kind of dancers you love to see in it. But you can only have one."

Which will it be?

I was thinking of this as I watched "Four Temperaments" last night. I think, after much agonizing and inner debate, I'd pick that one, not because it's my favorite (although I do love it) but because it shows so clearly what he was like as a choreographer.

What about you?

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SERENADE, hands down. Whether danced by small or big companies, students or pros, I am always moved by this piece of choreography. Serenade lives in and of itself. Very rare for a ballet.

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I'd pick 4 Ts, too. I've always thought of it as my "desert island ballet," if such a thing were possible. (Imagine being marooned on a desert island with only a ballet company. :thumbsup: ) It's my choice just because it's so thrilling -- it never fails to send shivers up my spine -- and because there's nothing else like it in the ballet repertoire. Other choreographers try, but they don't come within shoutin' distance of this.

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For history, I must choose 4 Ts. For myself, I choose Liebeslieder.

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Divertimento #15 for me and Agon for history.

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First choice: Barocco, and runner-up: Barocco. :thumbsup:

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If I were greedy, I'd pick Jewels: 3 for 1! Otherwise Agon.

--Andre

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:thumbsup: I still haven't stopped screaming over the prospect of "just one," but I'm inclined to go with Concerto Barocco. Divine music, and choreography that is Balanchine distilled to its essence.

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Apollo, danced by Peter Boal, in the version that begins with the birth of Apollo.

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Torture us, why don't you? :sweating: I'd save Apollo, but lay awake at nights wondering if I should have picked 4T's, Agon, or Serenade.

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i'll go with carbro and say barocco for posterity, for myself the rest (not greedy at *all*)

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Liebeslieder Walzer, and let history take care of itself :)

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Serenade - absolutely if I had to pick only one.

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God, what agony. But if I could only get one out of the burning building, it would be Four T's.

If this thread summons this fate though, I blame you Alexandra. :) 200 years and we're down to just five Bournonville ballets. . .(happily, recording ballets has gotten more thorough since that time)

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Now, now, it depends on how you count "ballets." You can come up with 10 Bournonville Ballets if you count the divertissements and pas de deux.

My Worst Nightmare about Balanchine is that he will lurch into the 22nd century represented by The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Slaughter, Tschaipas (its 22nd century name; they think it has something to do with spicy tea) and the Agon pas de deux.

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(Oh - no - though I'm laughing about the Chai tea - please, No! You know, I it took me a while to understand what people meant when they said that.)

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My Worst Nightmare about Balanchine is that he will lurch into the 22nd century represented by The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Slaughter, Tschaipas . . . and the Agon pas de deux.

:speechless: Scary indeed! But thanks to the Balanchine Foundation, you can sleep soundly, at least as far as the Balanchine legacy is concerned.

What is so amazing about the list compiled by the posters is that each ballet named is a unique treasure. Aren't we lucky to have them all! :clover: At least for now.

Oh, and in honor of Mr. B's love for those of the feline persuasion: :cat:

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Tzigane, although I haven't seen many of the mentioned works.

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Concerto Barocco---but it MUST be performed in black leotards---only then does its architectural style become obvious---it is sort of the forerunner of Adams and Mitchell in Agon.

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What a pretty dilemma!

Thank you, Alexandra.

I wonder if I would want to save my favorite, or something historically more important?

Actually, it's clear to me, if all the rest had to die, I'd save Symphony in C, and Barocco too if I could.

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Serenade is Mr B's Swan Lake IMO.

After that come Symphony in C and Violin Cto.

Herman

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