A curtain-raiser for Giselle?
Posted 07 August 2005 - 05:38 PM
Posted 07 August 2005 - 08:00 PM
That was a memorable pairing, and it was apt, as this quote from choreographer Glen Tetley suggests: “although there is a fall into gravity or into death,” there also is “a continual lifting, a continual trying to soar, like angels, in what is almost a constellation of light.”
I remember a great pairing: Makarova in Voluntaries (Shibata in the pas de trois), followed by Kirkland in Giselle.
But as you also point out, Baryshnikov had excised the PPD, so that Giselle wasn't "whole." One wonders why Tetley, and especially Voluntaries, has vanished from ABT. It was certainly a hit. Perhaps the problem is that it requires an organ? In any case, I'd like it back into the rep, even though I don't feel ABT's current version of Giselle needs an intro piece.
Posted 08 August 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted 08 August 2005 - 09:23 AM
Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:04 AM
Giselle and Stravinsky Violin Concerto were enjoyable but made for a very long program, especially considering that Kudelka presented his "Contract" alone, even though it is just under 90 minutes and has no intermission.
Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:32 AM
Now, pairing The Cage with Giselle -- some would call that redundant!
Posted 08 August 2005 - 10:34 AM
as i recall when ABT's david blair production of GISELLE, danced alternately at the start of its life in nyc in 1968 by either serrano(?) & fernandez and fracci & bruhn, the curtain raiser at the new met op house was michael smuin's PULCINELLA VARIATIONS.
Yup, I saw this at the The NJ Arts Center(it now has been privatized and has some other name) in Holmdel in early Summer 1969.
As I recall, in three nights I saw Fracci and Bruhn in Copellia and Giselle and Serrano and Fernandez in Swan Lake. I would have guessed that Pulcinella
Variations was a curtain raiser for Copellia, but I'm sure rg's memory is much more reliable than mine.
I saw all these dancers quite a few times, EXCEPT Toni Lander danced with Bruce Marks in Pulcinella and it was the only real ballerina role I saw her do. She retired pretty soon after that.
Would Lander have done Myrtha? I no longer have the program but it doesn't ring a bell
Edited by richard53dog, 08 August 2005 - 10:34 AM.
Posted 08 August 2005 - 11:42 AM
Posted 08 August 2005 - 01:37 PM
Posted 11 August 2005 - 10:50 PM
Posted 12 August 2005 - 10:49 AM
I once attended a program at NYCB of all-Balanchine, all-leotard ballets. They were great ballets (I think both Barocco and 4Ts were on the bill), but by the end, I was longing for pink tutus. Variety is important. That's why Petipa mixed character with classical, with processions and mime mixed in, to vary the mood and texture of his evening-length works.
Posted 12 August 2005 - 03:46 PM
Posted 12 August 2005 - 05:00 PM
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