If you could only save one ballet.....
Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:56 PM
Just as you say, Carbro--it's the contrast that I miss, and I'm pretty certain that you would not like an alll white 'Agon', and I gag when I think of the original Barocco costumes. It was quite revolutionary, at the time, and most of the audience did not know how to take it--including most of the critics. I must admit, I was in that group. When The Ballet Russe was performing this, Ballet Theatre was in the midst of a very glamorous season---Markova, Toumanova, Riabouchinska--Hence, Barocco was a shock to our system---but Balanchine slowly reeducated us.
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.
Posted 27 January 2004 - 05:28 PM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 03:26 PM
Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:44 AM
Tie between Symphony in C and 'Diamonds' portion of Jewels for second place. (Yeah, I'm greedy!)
Posted 08 February 2004 - 04:14 PM
I still see new things in this ballet each time I see it... and I have seen it many, many times! And, the casting doesn't seem to make as much a difference in my enjoyment of Serenade as it does for other ballets (e.g., Barocco, Apollo). Four T's would be my back-up, though it's not a sentimental favorite of mine. It is, however, the other ballet that stands up against bad casting for me (not that i have seen many bad casts).
-amanda, who will eventually post reviews of the current season...
Posted 08 February 2004 - 06:22 PM
Posted 08 February 2004 - 11:49 PM
Karin von Aroldingen did a wonderful staging of Liebeslieder Walzer for the San Francisco Ballet in 1998. I suspect that Suzanne Farrell could stage it as well, having danced at least the Diana Adams role. In a Q&A after a recent Pacific Northwest Ballet performance, artistic directors Francia Russell and Kent Stowell said that this ballet was their personal favorite of Balanchine's ballets. I'm not sure if either danced in the ballet -- I suspect Stowell did -- but Russell was one of the first stagers for NYCB under Balanchine, and if she weren't able to stage it herself, she would be able to assess the quality of someone else's.
I would choose Liebeslieder, but I know that if it is the only one left, there isn't anyone around who can stage it properly
Posted 09 February 2004 - 10:10 AM
editing to add: Stowell did dance in Liebeslieder. I have a beautiful photo by Martha Swope of him and a very young Suzanne Farrell in the "whispering" duet.
Posted 29 February 2004 - 06:18 PM
I would have to choose Serenade closly followed by Apollo, although I did love Miranda Weese in Tschaikovsly Piano Concerto No.2 this season.
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