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Balanchine SWAN LAKE stage pictureunidentified and undated


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#31 rg

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 12:54 PM

signed Patricia Wilde studio portrait - undated and uncaptioned, except for signature, etc.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 02:47 PM

The grand jete pic is Pat Wilde for sure.

Odette wears a short tutu, so Grand Jete dancer was probably a Lead Swan. Was Wilde dancing that kind of role in early productions of the ballet? Even in a small company, I can't imagine Balanchine casting one of his ballerinas in a demi-solo role.

Tanny was the Greta Garbo of ballerinas :)

Perky, that comparison is quite wonderful!

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:38 PM

The grand jete pic is Pat Wilde for sure.

Odette wears a short tutu, so Grand Jete dancer was probably a Lead Swan. Was Wilde dancing that kind of role in early productions of the ballet? Even in a small company, I can't imagine Balanchine casting one of his ballerinas in a demi-solo role.


Oh, but he did, whenever the spirit moved him. The jete is from a Swans' Pas de Trois in which he created a brilliant role for Wilde, one I saw her dance often. Carolyn George also danced it on occasion. I believe it was dropped, along with the third movement of Western Symphony, when Wilde retired. There was no other allegro virtuoso in the company at that time who quite matched her, not even Tallchief.

As for Balanchine's Swan Lake, in the 50s and early 60s it still had a group of Swan variations which eventually disappeared.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 05:10 PM

Thanks, pop. I'm ready to sign up for a trip in the Time Machine for those lost pas.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 05:48 PM

save me a SEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:50 AM

in a footnote to balanchine's 1950s SWAN LAKE on stage, here's a publicity shot from the SWAN LAKE 'fantasie' balanchine arranged for the 1940 Twentieh Century Fox release of I WAS AN ADVENTURESS - featuring (center) V.Zorina (as "Swan Queen") and L. Christensen (as "Prince").
the dots on the left are unfortunately the same size and look as the 'dot' representing the shining moon in the background but these are holes (from a one-time binder?) in the photo and not part of the 'picture'.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 11:13 AM

This "Swan Lake" sketch is as much about Balanchine having fun with the movies as it is about entertainment. He does several highly illogical things, sometimes for theatrical effect, other times for the purpose of parody. I love it when he has Christensen wading (in armor) out into the lake and draping himself over the model "castle in the distance".

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 01:23 PM

another SWAN LAKE oddity: when i acquired this item, said to illustrate some aspect of I WAS AN ADVENTURESS - i thought huh? that certainly isn't zorina in front, and besides VZ wore black. then i revisited the film and i think i figured out the claim: this would appear to be a 'background' filming for the 'process shot' (if that's le mot juste) of a swanlake motif behind the opening credits. this shows some graphically 'grayed' swanmaiden dancers moving along an overhead diagonal behind the titles. thus this is not zorina but some stand in who in her white costuming was likely one of the ensemble dances.
still it's a curiosity connected to balanchine's curious creation.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 08:47 AM

two more illustrations of GB's SWAN LAKE - the stage grouping shows the ter-arutunian prod. w/ Melissa Hayden as Odette and Peter Martins as the Prince - it is undated - in the ensemble of swan maidens, eventual balletmistress rosemary dunleavy is on the photo's right edge w/ renee estopinal behind to dunleavy's right.
the other studio shot, also undated, shows Maria Tallchief with a bit of beaton's design behind her.

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 09:29 AM

onetime postcard for sale at NYCB of TER-ARUTUNIAN's design for the '64 re-do of GB's SWAN LAKE.
the photo shows a designer's maquette, complete w/ crowned mechanical swan on converyor belt at back.

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