Did the PDD's Work Well as Part of a Program
Posted 27 July 2004 - 08:00 AM
This was, I think, a matter of intentional presentation, i.e., that was the way they were danced, framed, conducted, billed -- but also, IMO, this is also something implicit in the form --
And that's an interesting point. Isn't it difficult to see such excerpted pas de deuxs otherwise, whether Ashton or not? Each excerpted pas is, by nature, an out of context, hugely dramatic moment for the principal dancers in each ballet it is taken from -- It plugs right into the post-Soviet Ice Skating aesthetic and nearly invites the audience to react to the spotlit principal dancers more than would be usual in a full dramatic offering. We live in a Starstruck Age and I very much doubt that the general run of the audience can see them as other than Star vehicles.
What's particularly interesting is that Ashton is very subtle in his dramatic climaxes and never loses sight of his characters and of the dramatic situation -- This could, of course, have been the point -- but really, I think it's at best an after the fact rationalization. What the Royal was really doing there was throwing some red meat to the Ice-Skating-Aesthetic audience, showcasing its stars, and by the way pandering to the lowest common denominator of contemporary ballet taste.
Why not? Interesting debate there.
Posted 27 July 2004 - 12:19 PM
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