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Making up alternate endings to great ballets-- a topic for the silly season?


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#31 bart

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 05:19 AM

In La Fille mal gardee Lise and Colas and up eloping to Vegas where they are married by an Elvis lookalike.

Hey, Charming_Lise, it could WORK!

The stylized and caricatured 18th-century farm yard is, in some ways, just as unreal as 21st-century Las Vegas.

Wouldn't you have to add music to allow for the transition through time and space? How, exactly, might the "elopement" be staged, I wonder? What are they escaping from? Do you imagine the other characters pursuing them, or do they leave -- and arrive -- alone?
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Here's another ending that I've often thought about. At the end of Pas de Quatre, the 4 tres-spirituelles ballerinas pose frozen in their iconic concluding tableau. Silence. The audience, of course, begins to applaud. But no one moves. The applause begins to taper off. The audience is uncomfortable.

At that point, the flower boy emerges from the wings. He walks towards the 4 ballerinas. From behind his huge bouquet, he withdraws -- one after another -- 4 custard pies. He plants each firmly, almost sacramentally, on a ballerinas' face. They remain in pose. He performs a courtly bow to the ladies and departs, stage right. Curtain.

#32 JMcN

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:05 AM

Over the years I have seen performances, in various productions, of Romeo and Juliet where I cannot understand why Juliet has not run off with Paris before the end of the ballroom scene!!

Or in Onegin, Tatiana runs off with him at the end instead of collapsing in grief?

#33 dirac

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:31 PM

Good point, JMcN. Maybe Paris shouldn't be too appealing...

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:06 PM

Good looks are one thing, chemistry :flowers: is another.

I've always wanted to see an R&J (insofar as I've wanted to see any) with a less than gorgeous Juliet and Romeo. It suggests that there is more than a superficial attraction between them.

#35 JMcN

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:36 AM

Alternative ending for Raymonda: J de B is a wimp and Abderam is fun so Raymonda jilts J de B and runs off to live happily ever after with Abderam! (Thus shortening a three hour ballet to 2 hours!).

#36 bart

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 11:15 AM

Alternative ending for Raymonda: J de B is a wimp and Abderam is fun so Raymonda jilts J de B and runs off to live happily ever after with Abderam! (Thus shortening a three hour ballet to 2 hours!).

An added bonus to this ending: their mixed marriage is so stunning and so RIGHT that it ends the religious/political violence in the Middle East. The wedding is celebrated as a truly multi-cultural gathering and a renunciation of ancient animosities. The curtain falls on a tableau-apotheosis to Peace and Tolerance. :)

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:22 PM

Not so much an alternate ending as a post scriptum. Quite unable to decide which one of them gets to arrange the parties at Aurora's and Désiré's, Cattalabutte and Gallison launch a television show on which they compete head-to-head organizing fabulous soirees, picnics, hunting excursions and gala balls, with a jury of fairy tale characters deciding the winner.

Seriously, every time I see The Sleeping Beauty I wonder how those two will ever get along.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:03 PM

Romeo & Juliette.............

. She marries Paris -- it's distasteful to her, but it's not about her anymore, but about securing a future for her baby who she plans to name Romeo.


How can she marry Paris? he's been killed before Romeo does his bit with Juliet. Very much necrophilia as he doesn't knowshe's really still alive.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:11 PM

Midsummer Night's Dream: the magic potion doesn't wear off and Bottom's head stays put. Titania is stuck with him. Oberon runs off with either Puck or the little Indian boy. The couples decide they;ll do well as Menage a quatre.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:35 AM

Solor and Gamzatti live happily ever after.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:49 AM

One of the Temple stones or pillars falls on Solor and it's curtain call for him.

another possibility, he's arrested for drug use

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:12 AM

How can she marry Paris? he's been killed before Romeo does his bit with Juliet


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#43 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:13 AM

o, no, no, the temple police arrest him for public intoxication, he's tossed in the rajah's pokey; after tten years he emerges to find gamzatti is playing house with the golden idol and is raising a bunch of little golden idolettes (great time for the corps de ballet here); whereupon solor makes a fortune writing a book that novelizes the inner life of his former fiancee.Posted Image

#44 bart

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:22 AM

Regarding R&J. If, as has been suggested, Juliet marries Paris, what happens when her little "Romeo" grows up? If her son marries, possibly to Raymonda, who lives just across the Adriatic, Juliet becomes a mother-in-law. So what about Balanchine's statement that there are no mothers-in-law in ballet? Will Juliet have to give up her dancing career?

Regarding Bayadere: especially the suggestion that Solor might marry Gamzatti. This would require serious character adjustments on the part of both. Does the vocabulary of classical ballet allow for things like "growing up," "maturing," "compromising," and even "growing up"? I know that Aurora is allowed to "grow up" in Sleeping Beauty. But the spectre of watching someone actually "reform" on stage might be a turn-off to many in the audience -- despite the high level of moral absolutism we in the US are currently enduring in our national political debates.

#45 SandyMcKean

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:09 PM

Juliet becomes a mother-in-law. So what about Balanchine's statement that there are no mothers-in-law in ballet? Will Juliet have to give up her dancing career?


Precisely. This is the reason for the otherwise unexplainable fact that Mr B never did a sequel to any of the existing R&Js.


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