Posted 16 August 2000 - 02:48 PM
Posted 16 August 2000 - 04:56 PM
I only saw Kent once, in La Sonnambula, and she was extraordinary. She was quite mature then, and the "kookiness" you can see in photos of her when she was younger was gone, but it was still a beautiful performance.
Posted 16 August 2000 - 09:18 PM
The way she'd just step over the Poet's supine body like he wasn't even there was chilling.
I've seen Kent take class and she looks as if she could return to the stage on a moment's notice.
Posted 17 August 2000 - 01:06 PM
Posted 17 August 2000 - 04:58 PM
The book alexandra mentions is by Robert Tracy, and I think the complete title is "Balanchine's Ballerinas: Conversations with the Muses". Obviously the alliteration has a powerful appeal.
Posted 17 August 2000 - 07:59 PM
I think, too, that Balanchine's relation to the ideal of the ballerina-muse went even further than being inspired by great dancers. He seemed able to turn (almost) anyone into a muse if necessary. A different Balanchine-related thread on this board has mentioned some of the less innately gifted ballerinas with whom he worked including Kay Mazzo. But, of course, he created two of his greatest ballets for Mazzo -- Duo Concertante and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. And, in those ballets, he really used, brought out, or somehow invented, HER distinctive qualities. In fact, those two roles are arguably "about" a choreographer's relation to his ballerina. Karen Von Aroldingen is another example. Think of her role in Robert Schumann's Davidsbundlertaenze. In that ballet, she plays, if you will, the more earthly muse figure while Farrell originated the more transcendent one, but I don't think you could say that Balanchine wasn't genuinely inspired by her. This may not be exactly what's meant by Balanchine's muses, and dancers like these aren't too many fans' favorites. But the kinds of roles he created for them are remarkable testimony to Balanchine's "internal" muse...
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Posted 18 August 2000 - 12:37 AM
Posted 18 August 2000 - 07:29 AM
I would have loved to see Markova perform, along with Tanaquil le Clerq and Alexandra Danilova. Could anyone who saw these dancers (whether live or on video) comment?
Posted 18 August 2000 - 10:46 AM
The great take over artists in the muse roles have been Maria Calegari, Kyra Nichols, Kistler, and some would say Maria Kowrowski. With them, you see (or saw) the originals floating behind. Terpsichorean pentimento.
Posted 18 August 2000 - 11:05 AM
I am sure other people will have better, more informed memories of her dancing, but I couldn't resist posting this! If only I still had the programmes from my childhood I would know exactly what I had seen. Don't ever throw away programmes!
Posted 18 August 2000 - 01:21 PM
Posted 18 August 2000 - 11:06 PM
Posted 19 August 2000 - 05:12 PM
Another point that was reiterated throughout the book was that Balachine would often change steps within the roles if the ones that were there did not suit the dancer. Apparently several key parts were changed to accomodate Suzanne Farrell's bad knees!
Posted 24 August 2000 - 07:46 PM
Posted 25 August 2000 - 07:26 AM
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