Yes indeed! And that's one of the pleasures of discussion here -- agreeing on the right to disagree.
- we live in a free world thankfully
Sweet, cute and happy ballets?What ballets other then La fille mal gardee?
Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:06 PM
Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:57 PM
Thank you, Chris.
Having family that was stripped of belongings, persecuted and variously dislocated, most to arid lands in Kazakhstan, some to perish in Vladivostok, I had no qualms about enjoying the ballet.
Luckily for all of us, the human spirit has a remarkable drive to triumph over its circumstances. I see no reason to criticize, for example, the extravagant luxury of the Astaire-Rogers films which were made during the dark days of the Depression. They provided, most likely, a necessary cheerful fantasy to relieve the hardship of daily life.
Nor do I mean to compare the Depression to the Stalinist purges. The suffering of one pales beside the suffering of the other, which were acts of human intention. But I stand by my point.
Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:15 PM
When I watch old Soviet films, I of course am filled with admiration for the incredible beauty and grace of the wonderful dancers, but that's tinged with a bit of regret that they were often dancing in old-fashioned productions that deliberately placed limits on emotions and storylines. Nowadays the Bolshoi's repertoire is probably nearly as diverse adventurous as the NYCB's, and that's a beautiful thing.
Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:46 AM
Posted 09 January 2008 - 09:53 AM
And, re Robbins' "The Concert," you don't have to come all the way to New York to see it, the Paris Opera Ballet does a wonderful -- very authentic -- production of this Most-Delightful-And-Funny-Of-All-Ballets. Keep your eyes open for it!
I will keep an eye open for that one as well. Paris would be nice.
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