Gorey's "Lavender Leotard" and the NYCB mentality:some questions about the NYCB allusions
Posted 20 October 2007 - 09:46 PM
Posted 21 October 2007 - 03:55 AM
Posted 21 October 2007 - 06:39 AM
as farrell fan notes in this thread, many who knew SCOTCH when the throw was still there, missed it sorely when it was tamed in later years.
Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:01 AM
In the Six Ballerinas documentary, Maria Tallchief described how Danilova (I think) told her after a performance that she needed to look up during the toss, and Tallchief told her she was trying to look serene, but there were several men tossing her and only one to catch her.
Posted 21 October 2007 - 12:43 PM
- The ones on the big diagonal in 3rd Movement Symphony in C. They now merely sissonne lifts.
- The ones in Second Movement Brahms, which used to be so thrilling. The man would toss the woman and then catch her in a back-bending swoon. Gorgeous moments which are still lovely, even only a shadow of its intended effect.
- The ones in Monumentum pro Gesualdo.
- The ones in Agon's second pas de trois still has some oomph, but are veering dangerously in the direction of pass-off.
Posted 21 October 2007 - 02:18 PM
About the tosses -- I have a dim memory of Tallchief being tossed quite a distance towards the camera on an old tv video replayed occasionally on Classical Arts (Firestone? Bell?). Wasn't that Scotch Symphony?
About Gorey -- you couldn't miss him in the lobby. Did he write at all about ballet (in conventional terms, I mean)? Are there any memoirs which include discussion of Gorey's thoughts about the ballets he saw?
Posted 21 October 2007 - 02:51 PM
Yes it was--it was on that Balanchine film that was aired on PBS this week.
Posted 21 October 2007 - 04:58 PM
Posted 21 October 2007 - 06:39 PM
Posted 21 October 2007 - 08:12 PM
Posted 22 October 2007 - 04:27 AM
rg, I also remember the racoons, which always made me think of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lost Generation, etc. ... with just hint of someone having raided Grandpa's closet. Gorey in the lobby was almost as memorable a performance as what was going on onstage. I always hoped to see a straw boater on his head, but never did
Posted 22 October 2007 - 05:32 AM
these only for bitter cold days.
otherwise i sense he didn't much like hats.
tho' i don't know how he treated the sun problem(s) of the summer - he lived out of nyc, in the cape during those mos. so saw little of him then.
Posted 25 October 2007 - 04:07 PM
Posted 25 October 2007 - 06:55 PM
Posted 26 October 2007 - 04:54 AM
Wow! I had no idea. Can you imagine NOT catching Maria Tallchief!
This reminds me of a moment in the third pas de deux in the Andante of the Mozart Divertimento. There was a tricky spin that was removed after Allegra Kent fell while executing it. Did anyone ever see it?
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