H. BrendaReconstruction of Ballets
Posted 20 February 2005 - 05:27 AM
Does anyone know whether H. Benda has reconstructed any other ballets?
Posted 20 February 2005 - 05:56 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 06:17 AM
The ballet you saw, usually translated as "The Whims of Cupid and the Ballet Master," was first given in 1787 and is the oldest ballet in repertory anywhere. It's been changed quite a lot -- some dances are on pointe now, and the blackface characters have changed country quite a bit (from African cannibals to Caribbeans; I don't know what they are in your version). It's still in the RDB repertory, technically; there are people who can bring it back. It was last staged by Flemming Ryberg for the Theatre's 250th anniversary a few seasons ago.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 08:40 AM
I do have another question (which strictly speaking should perhaps not be discussed here. ) I got hold of another reconstruction of a ballet. Apparently from the Novosibirks Ballet. It is called "Zephyr et Flore". A Ballet apparently from 1812. To my mind a very authenic reconstruction. Is there someone who specialises in this sort of work in Novosibirks?
Posted 20 February 2005 - 10:19 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 11:13 AM
Ah, Novorsibirks. One of the smaller Copenhagen suburbs Not I, I'm afraid. Paul, you might want to try asking that one on Ballet History. RG might know. All I can tell you is that Zephr et Flore was The Big Hit of choreographer Charles Didelot, the Frenchman who did two very productive stints in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, right before pointe work came in. He was partial to flying dancers (lots of wire work, for both men and women). I would suspect that this is a rechoreographed version rather than a restoration from memory.
It is apparently done after notations. I asked russian friends about it. But they were so aghast that I could se anything in this appaling ballet and refused to take my interest and love for the work serious at all. But I shall persist.
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