Snow WhiteWould this make a good ballet?
Posted 18 June 2008 - 10:50 PM
I know there are several composers (ie Delibes, Minkus, etc.) which have nice danceable scores from other ballets. But does anyone know of music they would like seen into a ballet, in particular a Snow White???
Can be more twentieth / twenty first century too! (ie. Philip Glass, etc.)
Posted 19 June 2008 - 05:23 AM
Posted 20 June 2008 - 01:10 AM
"... unlikely to succeed if it tried to educate the audience in music at the same time it tried to present good choreography."
I lke that.
Happens all the time, doesn't it?
Posted 20 June 2008 - 06:03 AM
One of the surest ways to make a production fail is for it to proclaim itself High Art. The only thing worse is to be perceived by the audience as "good for you". "Good for you" is sort of the prune juice of show bizness. Trying to teach the audience too much about too many things at one go is a good way to be perceived as "good for you".
Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:02 AM
Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:38 AM
Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:34 AM
But between Burger King and the Eggless, No-salt, Low-cholesterol Spinach Quiche enriched with multivitamins, there is a vast gulf. There are hundreds of fit musicians in there. And we've seen what happens to Burger King in ABT's production.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:05 AM
I really think you'd need somebody to act like Petipa in teaching a composer of whatever eminence how to write for ballet.
That sounds like it ought to happen in all cases, although probably is fairly rare. I wonder how often it does by now. Also wonder why I have a harder time wanting to see a Snow White ballet than the other fairy tales--could be the Disney aspect sticks more because of the songs. I don't think think of the Disney cartoons of Pinocchoi, Peter Pan and Cinderella in the same way, although if there are ballets about Donald Duck and Bambi--and I've no doubt there will be--I may balk still more.
Andre Previn if he was up to it, or maybe Glass could give a perpetual-motion Snow White that will recall the "Whistle While You Work" with renewed relevance for the lunch-at-one's-desk and 14-hour work-day life-styles.
Posted 20 June 2008 - 12:19 PM
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