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


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#16 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 04:43 PM

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)

#17 Alexandra

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 05:26 PM

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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Posted 23 January 2004 - 05:44 PM

(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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Posted 23 January 2004 - 08:18 PM

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:

#20 Hans

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 08:30 PM

Apollo. I just like it the best :).

#21 MYBkid

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:11 PM

It would have to be The Four T's!!!! :)

#22 Cliff

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 10:18 PM

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

#23 atm711

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Posted 24 January 2004 - 06:20 AM

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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Posted 24 January 2004 - 06:21 PM

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.

#25 Herman Stevens

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 12:45 PM

Serenade is Mr B's Swan Lake IMO.

After that come Symphony in C and Violin Cto.

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 03:36 PM

Concerto Barocco---but it MUST be performed in black leotards . . .

Interesting proposition, ATM, but wouldn't you miss the Elysian Fields quality imparted by the white?

Your condition led me to imagine Agon in white, and it just doesn't happen. Even in my mind, it fizzles. :P

#27 Alexandra

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 03:40 PM

But atm's black Concerto B has a historical precedent!

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 03:52 PM

I know. I've seen excerpts on film.

I sort of gave myself a mental exercise, because I do like the lighter quality of the white in Barocco. But Agon needs not only the black, but the contrast of the black and white in the sections where the whole cast is on stage.

#29 justafan

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 05:45 PM

I'm just so surprised -- even shocked -- that 4 T's, the ballet that I thought was my personal idiosyncratic favorite, has turned out to be the most cherished ballet of many of this board. For posterity, I'd vote for Serenade.

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:34 PM

I pick Symphony in C, because it's a personal favorite.


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