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Who's who in Dances at a Gathering?


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#1 GeorgeB fan

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 07:51 AM

I'm going to see Dances at a Gathering on Saturday. I love this ballet. But I have a problem I hope someone will be able to help me with. For the longest time I've been trying to figure out what part (colors) did the original cast dance. If anyone can help me I would be deeply grateful. Thanks

ALLEGRA KENT
SARA LELAND
KAY MAZZO
PATRICIA McBRIDE

ANTHONY BLUM
JOHN CLIFFORD
ROBERT MAIORANO
JOHN PRINZ
EDWARD VILLELLA

P.S. If anyone seen the original cast performance, what was it like

#2 cargill

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 08:12 AM

Anita Finkle's magazine had a long article on the early history of Dances at a Gathering, which is the best description I know of who danced what. If you like, I can photocopy the article and send it to you.

#3 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 08:18 AM

One woman missing - Violette Verdy, who danced in green.

I'm trying to piece this together from descriptions - there isn't a cast list in my books.

ALLEGRA KENT - mauve. Robbins describes her as doing the second waltz with John Prinz

SARA LELAND - yellow (my guess)

KAY MAZZO - blue (ditto)

PATRICIA McBRIDE - pink - she has the pas with Villella, which involves a shoulder lift.

ANTHONY BLUM - purple - Sara Leland mentions he does the male duet with Villella.

JOHN CLIFFORD - brick - my guess, but also the photos show him at the end walking with Verdy and I think Carmena and Sylve were together at the end.

ROBERT MAIORANO - blue. Process of elimination!

JOHN PRINZ - green - see above on Kent

EDWARD VILLELLA - brown - he is the one who touches the ground at the end.

#4 Farrell Fan

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 10:14 AM

I was surprised when I consulted Repertory in Review that the dancers were not identified by costume. My memory has faded, but Leigh's guesses sound correct to me, and I can definitely confirm that Maiorano was the boy in blue. He used to joke that he extorted money from mothers of girls in yellow to guarantee his catching them. And recalling the competitive duet of Blum and Villella reminds me that I've always preferred it when, as in that case, the two men are of different sizes.

#5 The Uncrossed Fifth

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 01:04 PM

I believe that Kay Mazzo was the original girl in Mauve, Allegra Kent was the original girl in yellow, and Sally was in blue. Sorry. I also recall that the last time the company performed Dances, Jennie Ringer performed the girl in yellow, but still did the second pas de deux, i think that's where you're confused Leigh.

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 01:43 PM

There have been other reassignments of Dances' dances. When Stephanie Saland danced Green, she also performed the first pdd, usually given to Mauve. Judy Fugate (in the color formerly known as Apricot) sometimes took over one of Pink's pdds. I believe -- but cannot cite specifically (other than the "Competition" duet) -- other switches among the men's roles, too.

#7 GeorgeB fan

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 03:18 PM

How could I have forgotten Violette Verdy! Thanks Leigh for remaining me of her. In fact a big thank you to all of you who have respone to my message. You all have been very helpful! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! :)

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 03:24 PM

from the NYPL catalogue Might not be premiere cast, but close.

http://catnyp.nypl.o... gathering&3,,4

Filmed at the matinee performance on June 7, 1969 [May 8, 1969 erroneously given in credits], at the New York State Theater, New York.

Danced by members of the New York City Ballet: Allegra Kent (in apricot), Sara Leland (in blue), Kay Mazzo (in mauve), Patricia McBride (in pink), Violette Verdy (in green), Anthony Blum (in mustard), Robert Weiss (in blue-green), Robert Maiorano (in plum), John Prinz (in olive), and Edward Villella (in brown).
Pianist: Gordon Boelzner.

#9 Farrell Fan

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 05:19 PM

Just to confuse things irremediably, "apricot," "mustard," "blue-green," "plum," and "olive" are no longer identified as such in the program.

The performance of Tuesday, May 11, listed the cast thusly: Ashley Bouder (in yellow), Kyra Nichols (in pink), Jenifer Ringer (in mauve), Rachel Rutherford (in blue), Sophiane Sylve (in green), Antonio Carmena (in brick), James Fayette (in blue) Sebastien Marcovici (in green), Jock Soto (in purple), Damian Woetzel (in brown).

#10 Alexandra

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 05:36 PM

Oh, does anyone remember the Trocks version -- or is this "Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet?" -- with the Girl with the Slight Tilt to the Left and, I think, the Girl with the Green Dress and the Gray Overlay, or something of that sort.

#11 Helene

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 09:10 AM

Danced by members of the New York City Ballet: Allegra Kent (in apricot), Sara Leland (in blue), Kay Mazzo (in mauve), Patricia McBride (in pink), Violette Verdy (in green), Anthony Blum (in mustard), Robert Weiss (in blue-green), Robert Maiorano (in plum), John Prinz (in olive), and Edward Villella (in brown).
Pianist: Gordon Boelzner.

The casting must have been switched around a bit, because in Dance as a Contact Sport, Joseph Mazo writes that, because of injuries,

[Robbins] is replacing Peter Martins with Bruce Wells, Bob Maiorano with Bart Cook and Tony Blum with Jean-Pierre Bonnefous.

(Page 237). On p. 238 he quotes the program insert for the performance:

Friday Evening, May 25, 1973, at 8:00 P.M.
Because of injuries to Merrill Ashley, Gelsey Kirkland, Anthony Blum, Robert Maiorano and Helgi Tomasson, the following cast changes will take place in Dances at a Gathering:
In mauive:  Kay Mazzo; In pink: Susan Hendl.
In mauve:  Jean-Pierre Bonnefous; In brick: Robert Weiss; In blue: Bart Cook.  In brown:  John Clifford...

Five years after the premiere, Blum was dancing mauve and Maiorano was dancing blue. (And "mustard" was replaced by "brick"?)

#12 liebs

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 09:40 AM

I only remember seeing Leland in apricot or yellow - the role with the spectacular throw at the end of the waltz pas de six. She was unforgettable in that part, so reckless and daring.

#13 Dale

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 10:00 AM

I've got Finkel's article, which I'll dig out today after a little cleaning. :P

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 12:32 PM

Reading this thread over, all the references to people and their colors reminded me of a game of Clue.

Mr. Blue, in the pas de deux, with Ms. Yellow

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Posted 13 May 2004 - 02:57 PM

I only remember seeing Leland in apricot or yellow - the role with the spectacular throw at the end of the waltz pas de six.  She was unforgettable in that part, so reckless and daring.

:shhh: My friends and I call that moment -- no matter who's dancing -- as "throwing Sally into the pit." :rolleyes:


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