1965 Balanchine 'Don Q' film @ KennCen - Free!Sep 5 '07, Millennium Stage
Posted 06 August 2007 - 05:55 AM
From the KC's website:
As the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Ballet, Suzanne Farrell—in cooperation with the Kennedy Center and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts—presents the premiere screening of a newly restored recording of George Balanchine’s ballet Don Quixote. This historic 1965 production stars Mr. Balanchine as the Don and Ms. Farrell as his Dulcinea.
[size=1]Edited on Aug. 7 to add: It's just been announced that this will take place in the Terrace Theater of the KennCen, rather than at the Millennium Stage. It is still a free event.[/size]
Posted 06 August 2007 - 11:02 AM
Posted 06 August 2007 - 11:38 AM
Unfortunately, the Midsummer Night's Dream (speaking of Dream), which also starred Farrell and was restored and shown at DoF, has yet to be released.
Who is responsible for initiating the restoration? The Balanchine Foundation?
Posted 06 August 2007 - 11:56 AM
Is this a filming of one of the first-season live performances?
Does anyone know how many times Balanchine performed that first season?
Posted 06 August 2007 - 12:18 PM
As is would in any case.
Posted 06 August 2007 - 12:24 PM
Posted 06 August 2007 - 12:52 PM
Posted 06 August 2007 - 01:41 PM
Posted 06 August 2007 - 03:38 PM
Posted 06 August 2007 - 06:30 PM
One must have been in the season of the premiere, because I have memories of the original NY Times review at around the time of the performance.
It seems to me that the other was one or two years later. I thought I'd give the score (which killed the whole thing for me the first time) a second go.
Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:10 PM
Posted 11 August 2007 - 12:12 PM
Personally, I'm leaning toward a visit to DC for this happy conjunction, as well as Thanksgiving week!
As to the Don Q documentary, the information above is fascinating to me in the light of what one of my contacts at the Kennedy Center told me, namely, that the newly-produced film, which does run about 90 minutes, has clips, "lots of clips", of the first performance(s?), but is not a complete record of, and only of, the ballet; rather, it's "a documentary on the making of Balanchine's Don Quixote". Farrell and some one else (the producer, I think; sorry for the memory lapse, will post again if it clears) will speak for about ten minutes (each, I guess) before the showing, more or less as we might expect. I should probably add, though, for the sake of our constant striving for accuracy, that this contact is someone whose job it is to deal with contributors and who may be, therefore, a couple of degrees removed from those who may have the best knowledge of the film.
Posted 20 August 2007 - 02:40 PM
The documentary that will be screening on Wednesday, September 5th is a Millennium Stage event but will be shown in the Terrace Theater. As for the documentary, it does show the entire 1965 production of Balanchine’s Don Quixote with Balanchine and Farrell performing.
I never knew this film existed! What a fascinating prospect!
Posted 21 August 2007 - 11:09 AM
i've scanned the two pages below for those interested. (i hope they can be read, when i do a txt scan, per se, it gets really huge, resolution-wise, so i did this as a .jpg. if i knew how to reduce the size of my text scan function i'd do it as such, but being techo-primitive i have no idea how to do so on my scanner.)
in brief, the restored print is remarkably clean, given the raw and rough original - made as a 16mm. film from what is presumed to have been the theater's lighting booth, by photographer bert stern. the sound and picture each take a little while to arrive at their best levels probably b/c the filmers were adjusting the camera and microphone as the ballet proceeded.
needless to remark, i asked if there was any chance of commercial distribution now that this restoration has been so caringly done, but was told that this was hardly likely. even group screenings seem to be a little hard to clear. still, that being said, the restored print will be available for individual viewing for the asking on the library's premises after the DC and NYC showings.
Posted 21 August 2007 - 11:48 AM
I had no problem reading the scans after I clicked my cursor's "+" on the enlarged image.
Disappointing, of course, but not surprising that there will be no commercial release.
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