Posted 14 March 2005 - 03:11 PM
Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:12 PM
Anyway, I think the sad truth is, if you mean commercially available, no. As far as I know, only the pas de deux was broadcast, once in 1978, performed by Patricia McBride and Robert Weiss in "Choreography by Balanchine" Part 2 in PBS's Dance in America series, but not in the Nonesuch commercial reissue of that program on VHS and DVD; and again in 1979, performed by Heather Watts and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the PBS program "Baryshnikov at the White House," none of which to my knowledge has ever been released commercially. And there's a fragment of Rubies, shot from a position halfway to the side, of Miami City Ballet performing it, I think, in a documentary or promotional item about MCB or about Edward Villella, if I remember correctly.
So if you can find somebody with a videotape collection in good condition going this far back, that's still all you can get. Sorry if I'm the messenger with the bad news.
Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:33 PM
They should record this with Damian Woetzel, Alexandra Ansanelli, and Tess Reichlin. It's a great cast.
Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:41 PM
Fortunately, it's been in the San Francisco Ballet rep a long time as a stand-alone piece and now as part of Jewels, so I'm not wholly deprived.
Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:58 PM
Posted 14 March 2005 - 05:29 PM
I'd like to see Jewels filmed in its entirety, myself...which means, of course, that Rubies would be captured for posterity. And made commercially available.
Posted 14 March 2005 - 07:13 PM
Posted 16 March 2005 - 08:49 PM
(I remember reading that Balanchine was ambivalent about the idea, fearing that people would think the recorded one was the only "right" one. To me, this is a reason to record several performances. Well, I can dream, can't I?)
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