Proteges program at Kennedy Center
Posted 30 January 2006 - 01:17 PM
Upon seeing your list of musical numbers: My knowledge of the music of LES SAISONS tells me that the music was performed in its originally-intended order, here in DC. Ms. Kaiser seems to have danced the Beriosova Variation in its proper place in the order (5th), although she wore the white tutu and danced the rest of the ballet as Fonteyn.
Now if the rest of you aren't totally confused by this then you are eligible for a prize of some sort!
Edited to note: I have since googled "Quenby Hersh" and seen her photo on a number of competition sites. YES! That's "my" star! Ms. Hersh is definitely the lady who danced the 7th (final) variation in DC. Wow - the Royal Ballet Academy is certainly lucky to have her. Years from now, we'll be writing "We saw her when she was a student..."!
Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:07 PM
I think perhaps that the tall "Italian looking" fellow about whom you asked is Pietro Zambello, who is Italian. He was my partner both of my summers at RBS (at that time he studied at a school in Italy). He is a wonderful partner and dancer. I attended the night he was the male dancer in the lead couple so I am not perfectly sure of his placement when he danced in the corps.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 08:08 PM
At least Vaughn and Kavanagh agree that Fonteyn's was seventh variation.
Also, just a comment that I agree with others who thought that Birthday Offering improved considerably from Thurday to Sunday. Most of the problems on Thursday were probably just opening-night jitters.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:30 AM
I wish we could see more of the RBS performing here in England!!!!!!!!
I don't know if this is the right place to put this, or if I'm being incredibly naive and missing something (quite possible), but I have been puzzling over the end of Alexandra's review of the program in the Washington Post. I've not really participated in many discussions besides reviews of performances on this board, so please forgive me for being a relative 'newbie.'
At the end, she writes
If the "Proteges" program becomes a yearly attraction, it could become one of the Kennedy Center's calling cards. It's amazing what one can learn about the state of ballet from a single evening. This one showed that ballet is healthy -- or could be. If the parent companies let it happen, ballet may well be on the brink of renewal.
It's the last two sentences... ballet could be healthy? Is it sick now? And how are parent companies the impediment? And a renewal from...?
I realise there are probably many thoughts on this - and some probably covered elsewhere on this board. What do people think?
Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:54 AM
Working it out from the details in Alexander Bland's The Royal Ballet, only Nerina and Beriosova from the original cast ever danced the pas de deux: they both kept their own solos and Merle Park did the Fonteyn solo. In the RB's last run I remember Muriel Valtat doing Fonteyn's solo when someone else (Guillem, perhaps?) did the pas de deux.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 05:57 AM
Does anyone have a sense of whether tickets for this run sold well? I'd guess it was a tough sell since last 2 weeks ago Swan Lake and this week/weekend is Romeo and Juliet. But maybe the audiences were different.
Also, I'd love to see the Japanese company in for a full run of its own.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 06:20 AM
I second koshka's sentiment that it would be great if this could be done every year (or two). It would be nice to see NYCB's SAB participating in this in the future.
As far as the parent companies go, I would also like to see more of the Japanese company and the Paris Opera Ballet. It would also be great to see the Royal Danish Ballet more frequently than we do now.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:02 PM
My only reservation about "Proteges" was that some of the dancers were (recent) graduates rather than students. (I wonder if perhaps the Tokyoites also come under the "graduates" category.) In any case, I hope the Festival happens again next year. It is an innovative, promising, and enjoyable bit of programming.
Posted 31 January 2006 - 05:04 PM
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