"Bringing Ballet to Everyman"
Posted 16 March 2002 - 08:01 AM
It reminded me of a number of discussions that have gone on in these cyber halls about encouraging the "unlearned" to attend dance programs, ballet in particular. This article makes it seem as though Mr. Webre's learned how to do it and do it well.
I'm very impressed at his energy and creativity - in the way the article describes his approach to running the company and making it a "vital part of D.C. culture".
I guess it's time to plan a trip down Washington way. smile.gif
Posted 16 March 2002 - 08:40 AM
Posted 16 March 2002 - 01:06 PM
The article also quotes Septime saying "Classical ballet is my roots, it's my introduction to dance. But in our modern life, beyond King Louis XIV, we like to get funky." Oh, please. Like there's nothing between Louix XIV and last night at the club?
The company did do a really good "Pillar of Fire" last year. Some of the dancers are good, but some look like ballet dancers and some look like modern dancers. It's schizoid. Especially in "Nutcracker." It's hard to take that production seriously now. The Washington School of Ballet is a real ballet school but what are they training the kids for? To roll around on the floor in their underwear?
If Septime thinks ballet is dumb and not funky enough for him that's okay, he's got a right. But then call the company "Septime Webre's Funky Moves." I wonder how many donors he'd get? Washington Ballet sounds so much more classy.
[ March 16, 2002, 02:56 PM: Message edited by: sparky ]
Posted 16 March 2002 - 06:19 PM
Although I haven't seen them recently, I was living in New Jersey when Mr. Webre was at American Repertory Ballet. I found his choreography to be a breath of fresh air. You may not like his integration of pedestrian movement, but that is a time honored device, though used more in modern than ballet.
As for the dancer's bodies, not every company can have a uniformly skinny company like NYCB, and it seems to me from postings on this board and reviews I've read, that this company may be more interested in the quality of movement of the dancer than the body type, which I commend.
Posted 16 March 2002 - 07:49 PM
[ March 16, 2002, 07:52 PM: Message edited by: Victoria Leigh ]
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