Balanchine outside of New York
Posted 02 February 2001 - 06:42 PM
I have a great deal of respect for Balanchine and think very highly of him. He seems to have been such a fascinating person with an interesting outlook and philosophy. He was very patient, but also very hard working, even when he was getting ill.I think he had 2 wonderful gifts: teaching and choreographing. I won't get into the debate about his technique, or his emphasis on the ideal ballerina- tall, thin, all legs. But I think what he created and gave to American ballet is wonderful, and to date has not been matched.
Posted 02 February 2001 - 11:46 PM
I am not sure yet if there will be any Balanchine ballets shown in Hong Kong this year. It's most annoying that Stephen Jefferies has not put on a single Balanchine ballet for the Hong Kong Ballet in the past five years. The company actually has "Who Cares", "Tchaikovsky Pdd", and "Allegro Brillante" in its repertory, originally staged by Karin von Aroldingen.
[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited February 03, 2001).]
Posted 04 February 2001 - 11:27 PM
Paquita, you might be surprised at the number of short dancers in NYCB .
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