Ashton's "The Dream"I've never seen it --what's it like?
Posted 30 July 2007 - 04:52 PM
What should I expect? I'm a Balanchine fan, and I'm wondering how different Ashton is.
Is "The Dream" among Ashton's best? Is it representative of his style? Is the RB DVD a good one?
I'd really love to hear anybody's thoughts.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:01 PM
I hope people will add their thoughts, and here are links to some previous discussions.
Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:27 PM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 09:34 AM
the telecasts from london w/ the royal ballet - one in black and white by margaret dale w/ sibley & dowell (truncated) and one filmed in color complete w/ park and dowell and telecast in the US (along w/ A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY) have not been released commercially to the best of my knowledge.
Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:23 AM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 12:00 PM
Sir Frederick Ashton was one of those choreographers who can move your soul from A-Z but you don't really know how or why. I don't know anyone who doesn't cry at the end of "The Two Pigeons". The duet for the girl and her lover is a masterpiece - you really don't realise anything is happening until you suddenly find that you can no longer hear the music because everyone around you is sobbing - and this is the happy bit!!
The first time I saw Enigma Variations it was not at all what I expected and I did not realise what all the fuss is about. I've considered this over the years and have decided that it is so wonderful and profoundly moving precisely because nothing happens!
Sir Frederick Ashton also made some wonderful abstract ballets - my two favourites are Symphonic Variations and Scenes de Ballet. It always strikes me that Scenes is a tribute to Sleeping Beauty, but that is only my impression.
I hope you enjoy your DVD of The Dream!
Posted 31 July 2007 - 02:52 PM
And thank you for that lovely post, JMcN. What you wrote about "Enigma" is one of its greatest secrets, I think, and you put it beautifully.
Posted 31 July 2007 - 05:58 PM
I've seen Balanchine's version numerous times since its first performances, but Ashton's only a few times -- and fairly recently -- on the ABT video. My first viewing of the Ashton was disappointing ... because it wasn't Balanchine. Once I got over that, and accepted Ashton on his own terms just as I'd been accepting Balanchine all those years, I fell in love with this "new" (to me) work.
There are fundamental differences in the way ballet is used to tell a story, convey feeling, and create a sense of time and place. The greater detail in Balanchine's Act I contrasts with Ashton's more universalized setting and the feeling he creates of time passing in a timeless world. I now enjoy both deeply -- for quite different reasons.
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