Which ballet do You think is the most boring You've ever seen?
Posted 04 September 2007 - 03:22 AM
Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:05 PM
Another candidate for most boring ballet will also return this Spring, with ABT reviving The Merry Widow.
Posted 08 September 2007 - 07:16 PM
Here's something that might help you all to make the selection. It's a story from Leo Lerman's journal, printed in the newly published The Grand Suprise: the Journals of Leo Lerman.
Incidentally, Lerman thought Windmill was a work of
Posted 08 September 2007 - 08:51 PM
Too bad Hubbe is not staying just a little longer. He's the only one I'd be interested to see do it. It's so special and singular a piece that none of the other dancers there come to mind as being able to have the presence for it. This is a true example of the Arlene Croce quote made on the ABT thread today about 'ballet is only good when it is great', and this one is so specialized that it is close to impossible to make great, is impossible without the right dancer.
Posted 08 September 2007 - 09:39 PM
I have confidence that in a few years, Tyler Angle could be a worthy candidate.
Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:41 PM
It was created by Jérome Bel. The idea wasn't uninteresting but it was so boring. It was supposed to show the life of a dancer at POB. The only dancer on stage was Véronique Doisneau. It has a lot of spoken parts and not that much danced ones. The worse was the depicting of a swan's part in Swans' Lake. The music was played during a very long time and Véronique Doisneau stayed motionless on stage.
I would like to tell I have absolutely nothing against Miss Doisneau as a dancer but that creation was definitively dreadful.
Posted 11 September 2007 - 10:02 AM
Posted 11 September 2007 - 12:23 PM
This does, indeed, seem to take the cake in the "boring" category. Thanks, cygneblanc
P.S. Come to think of it, I could probably stand still through quite a lot of ballet scores. Apollo? Faun? Albrecht? James? I can do that!
Posted 12 September 2007 - 01:32 PM
A recent performance (sorry forgot the name of the work) this past season where Larissa was mic'd, and danced solo to Mr. Elo's seamless but emotionally flat choreography while simultaneously carrying on an endless monologue in Russian--I don't remember any music except at the beginning of each sequence, but maybe I just blanked? Since I am not fluent in Russian (in fact I only know about 10 words), and Mr. Elo has never been one to provide a dramatic arc to his choreography, it was only her inflection (between gasps for air) that provided some clue to a purpose, if there ever was one. Consequently, it just became an endurance ordeal for myself (and maybe Larissa too?). If anyone was able to do a simultaneous translation, maybe they could explain it to the rest of us?
Posted 12 September 2007 - 06:24 PM
A ballet that Taras--ahem--"recycled" as Trio in A for PBT in the late 80s-early 90s!
Posted 12 September 2007 - 07:08 PM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:34 AM
Me too, and I'm usually a huge fan of MacMillan's ballets - his Romeo and Juliet, and Manon usually have me in tears by the end.
I think that Mayerling is trying to tell too convoluted a story, with too many people having too many affairs, and what is it with the opera singer in the middle?
I'll take several Mayerlings to avoid one Isadora
Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:40 AM
Posted 23 September 2007 - 09:50 AM
I saw his 7 for 8 (?) recently, and could not stay awake. What a waste of a major company's time.
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