Ashton in other companiesWho would you like to see do what?
Posted 19 July 2004 - 08:19 AM
In an email exchange, a friend who's seen Scenes de Ballet often said she'd like to see POB do it.
I know the look would change, especially the torso (French placement is so solid because the torso holds its shape from shoulders to hips) but I think the Parisian sense of chic could make for an interesting version.
I would rather not see ABT do Scenes. I think Rhapsody would be a good choice for them and also possibly The Two Pigeons It wouldn't hurt SFB to consider The Two Pigeons either. (I'd give a lot just to be able to see that more frequently!)
NYCB originated two Ashton works - Illuminations and Picnic at Tintagel. I think Ashton on the present company would look like a very different animal, but if the RB can do a few well selected works of Balanchine, could NYCB do the same with Ashton? If so, what would be the right choice for something that could be done within NYCB's style?
Posted 19 July 2004 - 09:44 AM
I'd second "Scenes" for Paris. They'd have the crystalline brilliance the ballet needs, and, According to Vaughan, Ashton was a great admirer of the French style.
Posted 19 July 2004 - 10:01 AM
I remember someone writing here about Kyra Nichols qualities as a dancer as being of the earth. I think they were right and because of those qualities I think Five Brahms Waltzers in the Manner of Isadora Duncan would be a magnificent showpiece for Nichols.
But the ballet I would really love to see NYCB try to perform would be Les Patineurs. A joyous and fun plotless ballet with a touch of characterization that would give City Ballet dancers an opportunity to let their hair down and have some fun. But that's not to say this ballet would not challenge them technically - this is not a ballet easily perform. This ballet I think could stitch them both technically and in term of character development. The Blue Boy is a happy go lucky virtuoso; the Couple in White are charmingly sweet; The Girls in Blue are dazzling show-offs; and the Girls in Red are deliriously goofy.
The Boy in Blue: Damian Woetzel, Peter Boal, Joaquin DeLuz
The Girls in Blue: Sofiane Sylve & Maria Kowroski; Jennie Somogyi & Miranda Weese
The Couple in White: Jenifer Ringer & James Fayette; Yvonne Borre & Stephen Hanna
The Girls in Red: Alexandra Ansanelli & Ashley Bouder; Amanda Edge & Carla Korbes
Posted 19 July 2004 - 10:13 AM
Nichols could be quite interesting in the Duncan, and I think the company could do Patineurs.
re: ABT - I have liked their Ashton, especially Fille mal Gardee. But ABT's version of Symphonic Variations leads me to think Rhapsody is a better choice for them than Scenes.
Posted 19 July 2004 - 10:29 AM
Funny, that's EXACTLY what I was thinking! I'd also love to see ABT revive their production of Les Patineurs, and tackle Monotones (the studio company did it last year, but I'd love to see the main company do it - the casting possibilities are endless).
I would rather not see ABT do Scenes. I think Rhapsody would be a good choice for them and also possibly The Two Pigeons
On the other hand, who could argue with GeorgeB fan's desire to see Wendy Whelan in MonotonesII? Let's just hope the NY companies add lots of Ashton to their repertories this year! :yes:
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Posted 19 July 2004 - 03:54 PM
Although ABT is always on the lookout for full-length ballets, I don't think Cinderella would be a good fit for them. Its charms are of the gentle, quiet variety, and ABT's style is big and brassy.
I wish some company would add Ashton's Romeo & Juliet to its rep, if only to keep the ballet alive. I don't think the English National Ballet, which has revived it in the past, has done it for many years. You'd think there would be lots of companies eager to snap this up, as R&J is box office gold, but perhaps it's hard to get someone to stage it. (?) How about the Royal Danish Ballet, for whom the ballet was made? They could give Neumeier's version (which isn't bad, actually) a rest for a while.
Posted 19 July 2004 - 04:30 PM
I'd rather see ABT do Ashton's "Cinderella" than Stevenson's (the version they had last). It would help them be less brassy They were in the right key for "The Dream" and "Fille," so I think they could do it.
Posted 19 July 2004 - 05:36 PM
By the way speaking of NYCB performing Ashton are any other choreograher's work, isn't there, or it seems at least, an unwritten policy in where they don't perform ballets that was not created for their company. Does anyone know if this is true or not?
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