Don Q, a NBoC-Suzanne Farrell Ballet productionOfficial Release
Posted 06 April 2005 - 06:47 PM
THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA AND
THE SUZANNE FARRELL BALLET PRODUCE
GEORGE BALANCHINE'S DON QUIXOTE
Premieres in June 2005 at Kennedy Center, Washington
Toronto, Ontario...April 6, 2005...National Ballet of Canada Artistic Director JAMES KUDELKA today announced that SUZANNE FARRELL will stage George Balanchine's Don Quixote in a co-production between The National Ballet of Canada and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Ms. Farrell's staging of Balanchine's Don Quixote will have its premiere at The John F. Kennedy Center for The Peforming Arts' Opera House, performed by her company in Washington, D.C. June 22-26, 2005. Ms. Farrell has invited 18 dancers from The National Ballet of Canada to perform as guests with her company for the premiere. The production will have its debut in Toronto, performed by The National Ballet of Canada at a later date, to be announced.
The world premiere of Suzanne Farrell's staging of Balanchine's Don Quixote is the first such collaboration between The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. "All through my time as Artistic Director, the company has been fortunate to have the masterful Suzanne be the producer and arbiter of the Balanchine repertoire. It is thrilling that our relationship with this dance icon has developed into such a wonderful marriage of resources. It is a pleasure, also, to begin a relationship again with the Kennedy Center," said Mr. Kudelka.
Balanchine's Don Quixote, which premiered in 1965 with Balanchine himself, as Don Quixote and Suzanne Farrell as Dulcinea, has not been performed in more than 25 years. Ms. Farrell will stage the work in Toronto in May of 2005 at the Walter Carsen Centre working with National Ballet dancers and members of her company, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. ZACK BROWN will design the set with costumes by HOLLY HYNES and lighting by BRAD FIELDS. The National Ballet of Canada's production department will build, store and maintain the production in its Toronto facilities.
Ms. Farrell has had an extensive relationship with The National Ballet of Canada. She performed as guest artist with the company in 1969, 1970 and 1978. Mr. Kudelka invited her to coach the company's debut of Balanchine's Mozartiana in 1998. In May 2000, Ms. Farrell supervised the staging of the company's premiere of Balanchine's Jewels. Ms. Farrell returned to the company last season to direct the staging of Balanchine's Serenade. Over the past five years, Principal Dancers JENNIFER FOURNIER and CHAN HON GOH have both guested with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington at the Kennedy Center and on extensive US tours.
Balanchine's Don Quixote is a gift from Roger and Kevin Garland.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 06:52 PM
Looking forward to the production!
Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:54 AM
Posted 07 April 2005 - 08:44 AM
It will be interesting to see how the ballet is received this time around.
Posted 07 April 2005 - 10:39 AM
Posted 07 April 2005 - 11:02 AM
Who did the original costumes – was it Karinska? I forget.
Posted 07 April 2005 - 11:13 AM
dirac, on Apr 7 2005, 02:02 PM, said:
In Costumes by Karinska it says "Karinska created several costumes from Francés's designs, but perhaps the most charming was the silver-blue tutu made for Dulcinea's reincarnation as Marcella the shepherdess, in mourning for the death of the Poet."
As to why Balanchine chose the Spanish painter, Francés, for both scenery and costumes: "Balanchine hoped to achieve some of the weighty effects of 17th century Spanish culture."
Posted 07 April 2005 - 11:46 AM
Posted 07 April 2005 - 12:53 PM
Posted 07 April 2005 - 12:56 PM
Thanks for the info, Marga, you saved me having to look it up.
Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:34 PM
dirac, on Apr 7 2005, 02:02 PM, said:
Jack Reed, on Apr 7 2005, 03:53 PM, said:
Marga, on Apr 7 2005, 02:13 PM, said:
I look forward to seeing the new designs.
Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:40 PM
Posted 08 April 2005 - 03:30 AM
Posted 09 April 2005 - 08:22 AM
Don Quixote : Chor: George Balanchine; mus: Nicolas Nabokov; scen, cos & light: Esteban Francés. First perf: New York, State Theatre, May 28, 1965, New York City Ballet Company.
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