Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:04 PM
kfw - The choreography that I describe Verdy and Ludlow teaching to Carla Lorbes and James Fayette in the current print edition of Dance View is from an earlier version of Emeralds. Their source of the choreography is a 1971 videotape taken in performance. What they taught was the opening pas de deux, which is different, but the differences didn't seem to be driven by speed or tempos. It may not be the part Verdy is referring to in her quotes. There's no question she could get the older version back; I don't think she was relying on the video, but she did need it to check against her memory. The videotape is silent, and she and Ludlow were having a hard time putting it on the music with precision - but to use her words from that session, she would be able to "resurrect" it.