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Hilarion & the wilis


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#16 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 06:47 AM

i see it now, act 1 is set in brooklyn and act 2 in .....

Yep, after the Mafia Rigoletto the Mafia Giselle...
Giselle caught up in a mob war...

Hillarion: He's lying Giselle ... Look at his Thomson machinegun, look at the blonde...
Giselle: Oh!
Albrecht: That's my family Giselle, it's not me.
Giselle: I know it was you Albrechto. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!

Then Hillarion goes off to sleep with the fishes...

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#17 Marga

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 11:42 AM

i see it now, act 1 is set in brooklyn and act 2 in .....

..... Newark, New Jersey, on the banks of the lower Passaic River, which everyone knows is contaminated with hazardous substances including dioxin, PCBs, DDT, heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which render a heavy, ominous haze to the atmosphere. Mercifully for Hilarion, he dies the instant he hits the water (making the cement shoes totally unnecessary).

#18 richard53dog

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 12:15 PM

i see it now, act 1 is set in brooklyn and act 2 in .....

..... Newark, New Jersey, on the banks of the lower Passaic River, which everyone knows is contaminated with hazardous substances including dioxin, PCBs, DDT, heavy metals and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which render a heavy, ominous haze to the atmosphere. Mercifully for Hilarion, he dies the instant he hits the water (making the cement shoes totally unnecessary).

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Gee, I better move quick!

Living in horrible Newark, NJ, I may start to glow in the dark.

Folks, my neighborhood, in Newark, has been granted Historical Landmark status
for it's beautifully perserved early 20th Century houses. And it is backed by Branchbrook Park, designed by the the guy who designed Central Park in NYC.
It's a much smaller prototype.

The park also sort of competes with DC on the Spring Japanese cherry blossom
displays. While it doesn't approach DC in the number of trees, it does have more varieties, so the display lasts longer than in DC. So we are even sort of famous here.

If Hillarion gets tossed into Forest Hill, he might even want to stay. It';s not exactly a fate worse than death.


Look, I know the whole scenario is just a whimsical thing and isn't serious (I hope)
but getting where I live picked on all the time gets old.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 12:46 PM

Sorry, Richard.
I used to drive the New Jersey highways and was hit in the face with the industrial pollution and awful smell before I even passed the "Elizabeth" sign. Now, of course, that's not Newark, but no one out of area knows anything about Elizabeth, New Jersey. Newark is close enough to warrant a cigar. I know parts of Newark are as beautiful as most of the state is. Indeed, a large part of my family lives in Jersey and it is a state I love for the childhood memories it gave me.

In keeping with the theme, Newark was a natural choice since a notable Mafia family is/was located there. The pollution info came right from a Newark internet site -- I always do my research! Let me ask you -- do you ever take a dip in the Passaic? I have lived near the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario for over 3 decades and Hilarion wouldn't fare too well were he tossed in that toxic tea either!

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 02:35 PM

ok ok, how about we send hillarion to the pine barrens and make myrtha look like the jersey devil? i found this description of the area:

"It is a haunted place where the blood red waters of the Mullica River rise in the bog of a New Jersey town.... The cedars that line the river banks stain the waters their deep color. Stunted pitch pines stand motionless, their shallow roots anchored precariously in gleaming white stands. Silence reigns."

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 02:50 PM

Sorry, Richard.
I used to drive the New Jersey highways and was hit in the face with the industrial pollution and awful smell before I even passed the "Elizabeth" sign. Now, of course, that's not Newark, but no one out of area knows anything about Elizabeth, New Jersey. Newark is close enough to warrant a cigar. I know parts of Newark are as beautiful as most of the state is. Indeed, a large part of my family lives in Jersey and it is a state I love for the childhood memories it gave me.

In keeping with the theme, Newark was a natural choice since a notable Mafia family is/was located there. The pollution info came right from a Newark internet site -- I always do my research! Let me ask you -- do you ever take a dip in the Passaic? I have lived near the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario for over 3 decades and Hilarion wouldn't fare too well were he tossed in that toxic tea either!

[font="Geneva"]I hate having to explain my banter .....[/font] :wink:

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No, no, no.

I really knew it was just in jest. The Passaic River really used to be horrible. I've lived in this area my whole life. I grew up in a small town on the east side of the river and as a kid would go to the river bank, you could see huge pipes coming out of the factories dumping this horrible looking fluid into the river. This was the 60s, a whole different era.

Honestly, no I wouldn't go into the river even today. But it is largely cleaned up.
There are fish in it and fishermen actually fish off the piers. It's been many years since the last three headed fish was spotted (joke).

Again there are still bad sites along the river, the worst ones are in Belleville, but like Elizabeth, no one would recognize that.

As an alternative to the Pine Barrens, we could keep Hillarion in NJ, and have Myrtha have her minions push him into a cranberry bog

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 02:59 PM

of course we could make the wilis teamsters and myrtrha jimmy hoffa...then the location, hmmmmmmmm

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 03:25 PM

Thanks everyone - this is fun!

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 04:30 PM

how about the Central Park reservoir? :wink:

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 06:26 PM

Well, it couldn't be any worse than the first Giselle performed in Havana, where the Wilis, when not dancing, strolled around the stage, sat on the scenery and lit up their cigars.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:37 PM

Born near the ancient shores of New Jersey's Great Swamp, I just may be the Jersey swamp devil... come to think of it, I think my high school's teams were named it... But I'm sitting here trying to picture what the traditional ballet pantomime for "May the fishes eat your eyes" would look like.... Personally, I'd like to consign "I did it My Waaaaaayyyyyy" to someplace the egrets can't peck at.

But back to old Hilarion... I was searching for info on different productions versions of that diagonal line... having recently been quite taken with St Petersbufg Academic Ballet (oh.. drat... I just give up on the company name thing...) Petukov's St. Petersburg company.... version of it... so dreamlike, slow-motion, special-effect-ish, dizzy distortion aura for Hilarion... Where is this from? Rehearsal coaches were listed in the program: E. Sherstneva, I. Kirsanova, D. Vovk, V. Sergeeva, P. Stalinskiy, L. Leontyeva. Do those names ring a bell for anyone? Is it quite common to do it this way?


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