The Millenium Awards
Posted 27 December 1999 - 08:01 PM
If you could nominate one person who's contributed the most to ballet in this century who would it be and for the entire millenium? And how about the ballet for the century
I'd have to nominate Balanchine for the first and Pavlova for the second. My ballet would have to be Serenade.
Cast your votes, only a few days left!!
Posted 27 December 1999 - 08:21 PM
I think my first nominee would have to be Diaghalev, and second would be Balanchine. As for ballet of the century that is a real toughie. One of my all time faves that I think is still a very thought provoking and effective work today would be Kurt Joos' The Green Table. An amazing piece of theatre.
Posted 27 December 1999 - 08:34 PM
Considering ballet as we know it is a bit shy of a half-millenium old, aren't we a bit of a young art form to be thinking of millenial voting? We are discriminating against all the twelfth and thirteenth century geniuses who might have done a great ballet. . .if they knew what it was!
That being said, I cast my vote for the ballet figure of the century to Balanchine (but that was a foregone conclusion - not that he was the man of the century, just that I would cast my vote that way!) For the Millenium? How about the folks like Beauchamp and Carlo Blasis who codified it way back when? How about Petipa?
This is Alexandra's cue to chime in on Bournonville.
Millenially yours -
Posted 27 December 1999 - 09:55 PM
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Posted 27 December 1999 - 11:04 PM
top three- Diaghilev, Vaganova, Balanchine
Posted 27 December 1999 - 11:25 PM
For the century, Diaghilev, because even Balanchine is his child (and the idea of the artistic director who can't actually do anything but holds it all together and is proclaimed a genius dies hard)
Ballet of the century. That so depends on where one lives. I think I'd say Fokine's "Les Sylphides." It still presents the image of "ballet" to many people who've never seen it, it gave permission to thousands, if not gazillions, of choreographers to do divertissements rather than story ballets, quickies rather than full-evening extravaganzas, and the first cast (Nijinski, Pavlova, Karsavina -- never can remember the third) -- can't be beat.
Posted 28 December 1999 - 11:01 AM
Of the century; Barishnikov, for what he did for classical ballet in America (even at the expense of ABT's budget. . .)
Of the millenium; Vagonova, for starting us down the road that we are now on
Ballet; Serenade, for being plotless and theatre at the same time. . .
Posted 28 December 1999 - 01:54 PM
Posted 28 December 1999 - 02:55 PM
The Four Temperaments - if the 20th Century represents the dawn of the age of technology, Four T's is the ballet that shows on that precipice - Agon, a few years down the road with Sputnik and IBM, takes us a little further into urban culture.
I love Agon , but for me, Four T's shows us both the humanity and the mechanization of the century. And I love both scores, but I have a special place in my heart for the Hindemith.
Posted 28 December 1999 - 07:24 PM
As for the millenium, I have to second Alexandra's nomination of the Sun King. We owe much to his well-turned ankle.
Ballet: can't choose. I really don't think I've seen enough of them to make a truly informed choice. If I had to, however, I'd opt for Apollo, for its classical purity, its score by the preeminent ballet composer of the century, and its status in its time as a harbinger of things to come.
Posted 28 December 1999 - 09:01 PM
Cargill, "Sleeping Beauty" was made in XIX century and it's a real crown of all XIX c. ballets with the best ballet composer - Tchaikovsky and the best choreographer of the century - Petipa, IMO. Continue this line, I think the best XX c. composer is Stravinsky and the best choreographer all the same Balanchine! Well, I'm still thinking the most important performance of the century was "L'aptres-midi d'un faune".
Posted 28 December 1999 - 10:18 PM
Posted 29 December 1999 - 09:30 AM
Posted 29 December 1999 - 01:04 PM
"of the Century, Baryshnikov for what he did for classical ballet in America"
---pshaw!!!Dancersteven!! There was life before Baryishnikov--we weren't exactly in the boondocks as a nation.
Posted 29 December 1999 - 05:04 PM
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