Your Own Dream Ballet and Cast
Posted 27 February 1999 - 06:14 PM
I should first hasten to say that, although Fonteyn was my first ballerina and I'm a great admirer, I saw her very seldom and at the end of her career, so I'm not the best person to speculate on what she could have done (she did an awful lot! For a good retrospective of her career, see Keith Money's "Fonteyn: The Making of a Legend.")
She did dance one Balanchine role, and was not considered a success in it -- "Ballet Imperial." Perhaps she was too imperial. I don't think it was lack of legginess as much as the fact that Fonteyn was very classical and very centered, as opposed to neoclassical and uncentered.
I love the idea of pairing Farrell and Nureyev; I used to fantasize about that when it was actually a possibility! She would have been a bit tall for him, but so were Gregory and Evdokimova, and that didn't deter him.
Thanks for your good ideas -- please keep posting!
Posted 09 March 1999 - 12:07 AM
Posted 26 March 1999 - 05:13 PM
Emeralds - Svetlana Zakharova & Andrian Fadeev
Rubies - Diana Vishneva & Viacheslav Samodurov, with Tatiana Serova as the "tall girl" soloist
Diamonds - Uliana Lopatkina & Igor Zelensky
Maybe, if we're lucky, this will indeed happen next year.
Posted 26 March 1999 - 10:43 PM
Posted 29 March 1999 - 10:13 AM
JEWELS is not scheduled for this season. The only new ballets this season are the Alexei Ratmansky ballets (premiered last November) and the new/old setting of SLEEPING BEAUTY, which will premiere in New York. On the other hand, there have been at least FIVE--count 'em--FIVE opera premieres (either new commissioned operas or major revivals) during the past 12 months at the Mariinsky. Not fair, I say! - Jeannie
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