Estelle, on Oct 6 2004, 08:51 PM, said:
hockeyfan, do you think it would be so much more expensive to commission new ballets rather than new crossover or modern works ? Perhaps there would be some possibilities to commission a short ballet (not necessarily a full-length one) with some not too expensive sets and costumes, I don't see why it'd be more expensive than modern works...
I think what they do is say, we've got in-house staff to do the ballet pieces, so let's spend the money on sets for their pieces, or perform their new ballets in simple costumes, and use the money for a crossover or modern piece.
For example, last year, Ballet Arizona's big new production was by Ib Andersen, because he didn't have to pay himself, and he even designed the sets and costumes (he's a painter). This year, he's choreographing one new ballet and Olga Elvreinoff is staging Paquita
. As for new works, Julia Adam is choreographing for the Original Collection (which I think in Ballet Arizona terms means world premiere, not a restaging or American premiere), and a "guest choreographer" will complete the "Innovations Program." There's also a new production of a Tharp revival ("Sinatra Suite"), a staging of La Sylphide
by Hubbe, and Andersen's Nutcracker
. Without knowing who the guest choreographer is, I don't know which way the new commissions are balanced, but they are spending money on a Tharp piece. (Andersen worked with Tharp on Brahms-Handel
when he danced with NYCB.)
San Francisco Ballet looks better, but because there are first SFB performances of Robbins' The Dybbuk
and Ashton's Symphonic Variations
. In addition, there is a SFB premiere of Lar Lubovich's "smile with my heart," and a new Stanton Welch on the one hand, and Helgi Tomasson's new Nutcracker
and a new Yuri Possokhov ballet on the other. Looking at the rest of the rep, there are repeat performances of four Tomasson 1-acts, one Tomasson full-length (Romeo and Juliet
), one Possokhov, and one Caniparoli. Then there are revivals of one Robbins and three Balanchine ballets and one Paul Taylor modern piece. Among contemporary choreographers, there are revivals for ballets made for the company in the last few years by Morris and Wheeldon.