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Peter Schaufuss's "Satisfaction"


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#16 Helene

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 06:52 AM

National Ballet of Canada is performing Rooster next March, in a program with Soliders' Mass and 24 Preludes.

#17 Mel Johnson

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:30 AM

Well, Joffrey did all right with "Deuce Coupe" (Tharp/Beach Boys), but one could argue that it's Not A Ballet, with the exception of the itinerant "ballerina".

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 09:01 AM

The British papers seem to have been extremely negative. A number of them adopted the same pun used by the review quoted in: "I didn't get no satisfaction," (Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian), who gave it 1 of 5 stars.)

Sarah Fraber, Evening Standard, tried to put her finger on the main problem:

Satisfaction is a feel-good rock dance-athon that, on paper, sounds just great. It's set to 20-or-so tunes by the Rolling Stones and simply evokes their themes rather than tells a story. It's full of unstoppable nostalgia, but West End dance shows are about nostalgia, and all you want is the chance to clap along to the songs that remind you of your youthful red roostering and not getting what you want.

The problem, and it's a problem the size of a planet, is that Satisfaction is the work of Peter Schaufuss, the one-time director of English National Ballet. As a dancer, Schaufuss charmed all. As a choreographer he veers between the loopy and the laughable.


In general, the British papers have been extremely negative. Several adopt the same pun used by the Telegraph review quoted in the first post. "I didn't get no satisfaction," says one of them, Sanjoy roy, The Guardian, who gave it 1 of 5 possible stars.

Maybe the difference between Tharp's good reviews (generally) in this kind of work, and Schaufuss's poor reviews, has to do with choreographic skill and vision.

#19 Mel Johnson

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 11:37 AM

Tharp had her own approach to the music, creating an audiomontage of various recordings, including studio work and live concerts, and even a couple of outtakes. "If you don't know it, then just SHUT UP AND GO HOME!"

"Shut up
Shut up
Shut up
Shut up
Shut up
Go home
Shut up
Go home
etc."

But you'd think the critics would go better than to take the obvious slam-dunk. Did any of them demand satisfaction from Schaufuss (i.e. challenge him to a duel)? That would be at least novel. We haven't had a good one of those since Serge Lifar and the Marquis de Cuevas!

#20 Alexandra

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 12:00 PM

Maybe the difference between Tharp's good reviews (generally) in this kind of work, and Schaufuss's poor reviews, has to do with choreographic skill and vision.


Yup. :speechless-smiley-003: I think the critics aren't quibbling about subject matter or the use of pop music, or anything but the choreography.

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 01:12 PM

to stray a bit off topic again: it's good to have the poing brought up by mel that the beach boys' 'score' for DEUCE COUPE was, as one was reminded in the recent restaging by juilliard (to be shown again on nyc's fall for dance), the cleverly put together music arranged by david horowitz.
the 'if you don't know it, then shut up and go home!' riff, as well as the 'cuddle up' reworkings, helped give the musical array a color and thearical sense of its own.
also the fact that the music wasn't all by the beach boys themselves, but as the 'soundtrack' notes, in one case by the rivingtons, etc. added to the special nature of the score.
for the record, here's the NYPL cat.entry on the ballet's credits:
Deuce coupe Chor: Twyla Tharp; mus: The Beach Boys (tape compiled & variations on "Cuddle up" by David Horowitz); scen: Backdrops painted by United Graffiti Artists; cos: Scott Barrie; lighting: Jennifer Tipton. First perf: Chicago, Auditorium Theater, Feb 8, 1973; City Center Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dancers.//First New York perf: New York City Center, Mar 1, 1973; City Center Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dancers.

#22 Mel Johnson

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 03:35 PM

I think several critics commented on the subject matter, viz: the visualization of the lyrics. They didn't object to the music per se, but the choreographer's failure to "bring it all home" in a total mise en scène, with ALL of the elements of production and presentation in balance and headed toward a larger, unified theme.

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 10:24 PM

I don't want to cause any trouble, but a Trocks take-off on Bourne's take-off on Swan Lake, with the male dancers playing women playing male dancers playing swans, and with completely new lyrics by Bjork, who would sing them wearing that swan dress she wore to 2001 Oscars -- why not? It could be the Dansical to End All Dansicals. :wacko:


It could be the end of my faith in sanity, bart...OMG, i remember :off topic: Bjork wearing that...thing... :pinch:

#24 JMcN

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 03:18 AM

I haven't seen Satisfaction. I did see Schauffuss Elvis thing, "The King", at Sadler's Wells in 2000 and I thought that was absolutely rivetting. That was described as a dansical too (the first time I had seen that word).

Unfortunately his "Diana the Princess, A celebration" was truly dire and I am afraid my bad memories of that have meant that I'm not making the trek to London for Satisfaction.


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