The Festival Poster
Posted 05 June 2005 - 09:14 AM
What's the green? A laurel wreath (note that little droplets of paint have dripped down on Bournonville's face)? That we can't see the real Bournonville through the mists of time? Is green the color of that laurel wreath -- or of money. et cetera.
Has there been anything in the Danish press? (Although three Danish friends have told me there was very little advance coverage of the Festival. The focus this year is on H.C. Andersen's bicentennary.) Is there chatter in the lobby?
Posted 05 June 2005 - 09:30 AM
Posted 05 June 2005 - 09:31 AM
Posted 05 June 2005 - 09:52 AM
"I can say without fear of contradiction that this painting is a splendid example of 'modern art'." (Much laughter from audience.)
He took it home and burned it in his furnace.
Posted 05 June 2005 - 10:04 AM
Posted 05 June 2005 - 10:19 AM
Posted 05 June 2005 - 12:21 PM
And poor Bournonville, looking so much like one of Queen Victoria's numerous German female relations.
Like Alexandra, I'm curious about the Danish response to what, in this country at least, would not even be considered competent graffiti.
Posted 05 June 2005 - 03:10 PM
Some of us who were appalled by the poster for the Balanchine Centennial can draw comfort from its current Danish counterpart, all things being relative.
On the other hand, what kind of publicity designs, pray tell , can we expect for the Balanchine Bicentennial? For that and other reasons, I'm glad I won't likely be around to see it.
Posted 05 June 2005 - 03:20 PM
Death is looking better all the time, isn't it, Carbro (If you're under 40 don't read that sentence!!) If we go to hell, though, we'll have to watch all bad ballet, 24/7, for eternity!
Posted 05 June 2005 - 06:20 PM
This may be my pet peeve alone, but I really dislike the way they've defaced the cool modernism of the State Theatre lobby by hanging all those photographs, many of which I've seen so often I'm sick of them anyhow. I mostly avoided looking at them last weekend. It had been two and a half years since I'd been in the theater, but I remember photos the last time I was there too. I suppose they inspire some relatively new patrons to come back.
On the other hand, what kind of publicity designs, pray tell , can we expect for the Balanchine Bicentennial?
Posted 07 June 2005 - 08:13 AM
What is the artist of the Festival poster showing us?
Is there contempt in the green overpaint?
Is there contempt in the defacing of the lithograph of Bournonville?
Will it sell tickets?
Posted 07 June 2005 - 08:56 AM
Chiapuris, I thought of that, too. There's also a large segment of the Danish population that is sick of Bournonville, and perhaps the artist is one of those. I've been told by several Danish friends that there was very little in the paper about the Festival -- this year is also the H.C. Andersen Festival, and he's getting all the coverage -- so maybe there weren't articles about the poster, but I'm still hoping to hear what the artist intended.
Posted 08 June 2005 - 04:43 AM
Posted 08 June 2005 - 02:28 PM
"Making August Bournonville the focal point of the design was a natural choice for Peter Bonde. He has chosen an image of Bournonville as an elderly man, since it was in his mature age that he created most of his ballets and reached the pinnacle of his illustrious career. Peter Bonde depicts Bournonville as being carried by dancing feet. It is, after all, his emphasis on feet and step design that colours his ballet style. These two central elements have been framed in Peter Bonde’s characteristic manner with the faint images of a leg, an arm and a face from Bournonville’s ballets."
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