Backstage at the Nutcracker...Documentary on NYCB children
Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:45 PM
Virginia Brooks, U.S., 2006; 95m
Across the country every fall, ballet companies rehearse the season’s favorite, “The Nutcracker.” Director Virginia Brooks and producer Delia Peters give us an unprecedented inside look at the School of American Ballet’s children in the 2003 production of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”™ with rehearsals, archival footage, and interviews with former Maries.
Introduced by the director.
I'd love to send you all out to see this, but unfortunately it seemed to have only one screening at the Dance On Camera festival. Hopefully it will available in the future. (I want my own copy!)
If you just saw the Ballets Russes movie, here's a dance institution on view from the youth perspective! ...though the discipline and focus of these young children has to be seen to be believed!
Plums: watching the children learn who will be Marie & Fritz; having the pantomime scene spelled out for you; seeing these kids up close in rehearsal reveals more than is apparent in performance when one tends to be distracted by the principals & soloists on stage; studio rehearsal footage of Somogyi & Boal; Somogyi being coached by Tallchief; 1970 dress rehearsal footage of Mr. B demonstrating movement.
I do hope this becomes available on DVD. I think any young child who has been a Nutcracker production would find it interesting to compare with their own experience.
It would be nice if NYCB would have the pantomime sequence available in it's reference resources on it's website. I wish some company would do a pantomime guide the way ABT has it's on-line dictionary. I know I have seen a Swan Lake pantomime image guides out there somewhere in still images, but seeing the gestures moving would be even better.
It would be nice if the library for the performing arts had a pre-performance showing of this video. Wouldn't it be a nice package to bring a child to? Particularly since you really want to see the ballet after seeing the video (and I thought I'd seen enough Nutcrackers to last me a lifetime several lifetimes ago by now!).
I'm so impressed by these kids, I look forward to seeing them on stage as they mature!
Posted 08 January 2006 - 09:11 AM
Posted 08 January 2006 - 10:00 AM
Posted 08 January 2006 - 02:03 PM
How nice to see Delia Peters name mentioned! She was always a favourite of mine. I looked for her specifically every time the corps stepped onstage. I've sung her praises before on BT and it's great to be able to talk about -- and think about -- her again!
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