Ich bin...the Dybbuk
Posted 04 November 2007 - 05:44 PM
I don't dance. But, I've acted a lot—on the Community Theater level. And as I said at the other site, I played the title role in The Dybbuk, and having seen "Dybbuk Variations" listed in 101 Sotries of the Great Ballets, I found the perfect name for me.
I'm a guy (in case you have any doubts about the gender of the Dybbuk), who, in the past year or so, has discovered the jaw-dropping beauty of ballerinas. In fact, I cannot understand why this isn't the favorite spectator sport for males from 13 to 133.
I haven't seen a ballet in the flesh yet, and have had to content myself with watching DVDs. But when these include the likes of Gillian Murphy, Julia Makhalina, et al, well, I don't feel severely disadvantaged or culturally deprived.
I'm here to learn about this mind boggling art, and I hope some of my inane questions don't drive you crazy. And while I'm at it, here comes one:
Why didn't Balanchine include Scheherazade in his "101 Stories..."? He also left out Polyvetsian Dances but since I can't spell it, I won't mention it here.
Anyway, I'm very, very happy to be a member here at last. I'll probably just lurk for awhile, at least until I get a good feel for this very nice place.
Posted 04 November 2007 - 09:26 PM
To answer your question about the book, it may have just been an editorial choice. I have an expanded version of the same (Balanchine's Festival of Ballet, which was published in two volumes) and it has both Scheherezade and the Polovtsian Dances - which are called "Prince Igor."
Posted 05 November 2007 - 06:30 AM
Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:12 AM
I'm sure we'll run into each other soon.
Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:39 AM
101 STORIES OF THE GREAT BALLETS is an abridged, 'pocket' paperback version [Garden City, N. Y., Doubleday, 1975] of BALANCHINE'S COMLETE STORIES OF THE GREAT BALLETS [see below for the enlarged US edition and the UK soft-cover reprint (in 2 vols.).
my guess would be 101 STORIES made its selection guided by ballets then in active repertory - at the time neither SHEHEREZADE nor POLOVTSIAN DANCES was much in evidence.
here's how the NYPL dance collection catalogue lists the works:
Balanchine's Complete stories of the great ballets / by George Balanchine ; and Francis Mason. Rev. and enl. ed.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1977. xxvi, 838 p.,  leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Edition for 1968 published under title: Balanchine's New complete stories of the great ballets.
Balanchine's festival of ballet : scene-by-scene stories of 404 classical & contemporary ballets / George Balanchine & Francis Mason.
London : W.H. Allen, 1984.
2 v. : ill. ; 23 cm.
A Comet book
Edition for 1977 published under title : Balanchine's Complete stories of the great ballets.
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