Posted 10 July 2004 - 03:09 PM
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Posted 15 August 2004 - 07:45 AM
During the Romantic Era there were even more ranks -- whether you were in the first, second or third quadrille of the corps de ballet mattered. And certain groups had certain privileges -- if you were a coryphee, I believe (I'm writing this from memory, so if someone wants to look it up and finds this is wrong, please feel free ) you couldn't be made to dance in a group larger than eight.
Interesting move for Houston to make -- especially when they seem to be turning way from the Stevenson model of mostly full-length ballets (where such ranks might be useful) to the new! contempo-ballet model, where most of the ballets are danced by no more than a dozen dancers, and it doesn't matter what rank they are!
Posted 15 August 2004 - 08:53 AM
Alexandra, on Aug 15 2004, 09:45 AM, said:
Here's the direct link to the article: Welch boosts Houston Ballet's corps
Posted 15 August 2004 - 09:08 AM
Posted 15 August 2004 - 03:24 PM
I guess one way or another, for better or worse, a heirarchy will always emerge.
Posted 17 August 2004 - 10:13 AM
Posted 17 August 2004 - 12:24 PM
Particularly in the case of Oliveira, who is obviously an important (and a favorite among Houstonians) member of the company, that GWTW's reason might apply.
I do like the fact that the corps is being slightly increased and there are fewer principals, which will give each of them more performance opportunities of a single role instead of having a number of dancers share it. We'll still have to wait and see if this is actually the case...
Posted 24 December 2004 - 02:25 AM
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