Don Quixote, Kennedy Center, June 22-26th
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:42 PM
A rousing Bravi! to Farrell and her dancers for undertaking this mammoth work.......it may or may not be an uneven work, but uneven Balanchine is still on another level than much of the choreography being made now.....I wish them all the best and hope for a succeessful and rewarding run.....
Who among us will be there? Shall we meet by the Kennedy bust before the curtain? (Other suggestions welcome!) I will be there every day but Thursday......
Posted 22 June 2005 - 04:33 AM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 06:49 AM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 07:31 AM
In Paul Kolnik's Gallery Walk and Talk last evening, we found out his response to what he sees and especially to what he catches with his camera is also what I would call transcendant. His interpretations of his images and of the reception they got from Balanchine were an enlarging experience to hear, and I am glad to report that an "interactive" version of the talk is supposed to go online eventually at artsedge.kennedy-center.org, with images of the pictures and an edited version of Kolnik's comments. Meanwhile, though, I suggest planning at least a few minutes to give time to the exhibit, in the Opera House lobby, of the fourteen or so affecting photos (some of Farrell, many of her company). There's also a central case with a display centered on Don Quixote, with costumes (Farrell's "Dulcinea" costume is on loan from the Smithsonian, if I remember correctly) and Farrell's "memory book".
Suzanne Carbonneaux gave a lecture Monday about Farrell and Don Quixote which was enthusiastically received by a self-described "arts critic" in Kolnik's audience. I wasn't here yet. Did anybody go? What did she say? What did you think?
Edited by Jack Reed, 23 June 2005 - 07:32 AM.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 07:32 AM
A great discussion of Suzanne Farrell's production of Balanchine's Don Q. was on on NPR this morning. Definitely worth listening to.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 08:55 AM
Posted 22 June 2005 - 09:02 AM
And, hopefully, now that it's been done in a three-truck, commute-ready production, NBoC will bring it to Vancouver.
(Well...in my case, it will have to wait perhaps a season or two - or whenever the new AD of the NBoC decides to schedule it!)
We hope to hear from those who are attending
Posted 22 June 2005 - 09:53 AM
P.S. I write this as someone who actually enjoys a great deal of later 20th-century serious music and listens to it frequently.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 10:02 AM
Iíll be interested to see how the critics react Ė will the reviews be good (at the very least theyíll be respectful, Iím sure), and if so, will they be genuine raves or praise of the letís-plug-the-production-because-everyone-worked-so-hard-and-we-donít-want-it-to-be-DOA kind?
Posted 22 June 2005 - 10:44 AM
Here's the $64,000 Question: How will the KC ballet subscribers & 'plain folk out for a night at the ballet' react when they realize that this isn't their 'safe' DON Q with Kitri's 32 fouettes, the merry oom-pah-pah music and scores of classical tutus????? I'll have my ears perked-up at intermission time to glean a few quotable-quotes. Maybe the audience will pleasantly surprise me!
Posted 22 June 2005 - 11:45 AM
I don't frequent this board the way I used to but would love to know if Farrell Fan is going to be down for this performance - I certainly hope so.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 01:59 PM
Posted 23 June 2005 - 03:42 AM
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