Is Balanchine greatest 20th century choreographer?vote for greatest BALLETchoreographer
Posted 03 June 2004 - 08:28 AM
If you'd like to comment, please do. (We had a similar discussion once that quickly went off the rails into a shouting match, but that's not going to happen this time, is it? Those who think that Balanchine is the ONLY choreographer are entitled to that view, and those who think that Joe Blow was the world's greatest choreographer are entitled to that view. Reasons welcome, of course.
Posted 03 June 2004 - 11:09 AM
Posted 03 June 2004 - 11:56 AM
I'm basically pantheistic by nature
Posted 03 June 2004 - 12:12 PM
The question didn't state whether or not we were only talking about ballet choreographers (though I guess I should assume so ). Although I ADORE Balanchine's work and feel as though he took ballet and made it modern and exciting and pushed the artform forward...I'd be hard pressed to say that he was greater or more influencial then, say, Martha Graham.
For ballet though, in my mind he was the greatest. Not only for the works he created, but the legacy he left.
Posted 03 June 2004 - 12:39 PM
I just added a sub-headline to clarify -- but this is Ballet Alert!, after all! It's safe to assume "ballet" unless otherwise stated.
Posted 03 June 2004 - 04:52 PM
Posted 04 June 2004 - 07:06 AM
Posted 05 June 2004 - 09:24 AM
Whom do we have now? James Levine is a phony and he seems to be dying lately but certainly is 'past it;' Lorin Maazel is dull as a deer antler and well, Peter Martins is not a great artist.
Rather than spend billions to fix Lincoln Center, it ought to be razed, along with Jiulliard to make way for apartments and shops.
So yes Mr B is the greatest and there will not be another great artist until Lincoln Center is torn down.
Edited by tortis, 05 June 2004 - 09:24 AM.
Posted 06 June 2004 - 11:51 AM
Posted 06 June 2004 - 05:17 PM
Posted 06 June 2004 - 09:55 PM
My aesthetic value system was formed by watching the Balanchine oeuvre. Without the lessons I learned by watching his ballets, I doubt that I would appreciate Petipa, Fokine, Bournonville, Ashton, Tudor or any of the other masters to the degree that I do.
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