Best Closing Images
Posted 05 April 2006 - 05:57 AM
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Posted 05 April 2006 - 07:30 AM
For geometric spectacle, I love Symphony in C. I also love Vienna Waltzes, with the swirling gowns. And I love Who Cares?, with everyone dancing happily onstage. I love how Balanchine doesn't make everyone dance uniformly -- he makes it kind of like a real dance party, with everyone just doing their own happy dance. Puts a huge smile on my face. And call me cheesy, but I love Balanchine's Nutcracker, when Marie and the Prince are lifted into their little snowsled and leave the Kingdom of the Sweets.
The Two Pigeons is also incredibly lovely -- the second pigeon flies into the garret, as a symbol of the lovers reconciling.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 07:53 AM
Sleeping Beauty-1890 by the Kirov: The lowering of the garlands from the ceiling...the raising of the final back-tableau curtain, revealing the forces of good chasing away the forces of evil...the courtiers and main characters frozen in their final poses, up front. The final chords of Tchaikovsky's booming majestic sound. That's it - that's 'ballet'!
Yes. I was thinking of this too, this morning before I left for work. I have a postcard of this last scene on my fridge. The clouds, the garlands, all the characters posed, and the Lilac Fairy rising up in the middle of it all.
Somebody here said that it was interesting that some of the ballets with the best openings also had the best closing moments. Many of the ballets we've mentioned are by Balanchine, which probably reflects the ballets we (on the board) see most often, but also must reflect that he knew how important these opening and closing moments are. Midsummer also has a beautiful close -- with Puck floating in the sky.
Posted 05 April 2006 - 07:44 PM
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Posted 12 May 2006 - 03:21 PM
Posted 12 May 2006 - 08:57 PM
Similarly, at the end of the Hard Nut, when the Nutcracker prince advances towards Clara/Marie with the whole world coming in behind him like what he has to offer her..... so romantic, so beautiful, so rich.
Generally speaking, Mark Morris ends ballets wonderfully -- "Dido" has a magnificent ending, when the two last women sit at opposite ends of the bench facing away from each other, like statues on a monument, grieving. l'Allegro ends wonderfully with all those people rushing downstage like a cascade of joy. And Sylvia has a wonderful finale tableau, with the 2 gods (Cupid and Diana) upstage holding their bows and facing each other, like a pair of gates center-stage, and the lovers downstage hand-in-hand holding the arrrow of Cupid aloft.
Has anybody mentioned "Les Sylphides"? Like Pas de Quatre, it ends with the tableau with which it began, ready to start again.... both beautiful. Speaking of Pas de Quatre, I love the way the Trocks do the final tableau -- unwinding it and doing it again over and over. It's not just funny (which it is), it's quite miraculous....
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