New dancers in a created role
Posted 11 November 2001 - 04:58 PM
Here is Richard Jones's post:
Just to broaden the discussion slightly, I wonder how many others have seen a role performed by the dancer on whom it was created, and then seen a later performance by someone else, either during or after the choreographer's lifetime. Two that come to mind for me are from MacMillan ballets: Mercutio in R & J (David Blair) and The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring (Monica Mason) - both from the mid-1960's. I have seen MacMillan's R& J a number of times, with Mercutios of varying shapes and sizes. Of course it always works in some way or other, but I am grateful that I saw David Blair in the role; the strength of his characterisation is still vivid in my mind. I saw MacMillan's 'Rite' two years ago (English National Ballet) with Tamara Rojo as the chosen one; again a very different style of dancer to the role's creator, but bringing her own special qualities to the part.
Posted 12 November 2001 - 12:13 AM
Posted 12 November 2001 - 12:21 PM
When a choreographer embarks on a new ballet, it is often with second or even third casts in attendance all of whom are aware of the choreographer’s intentions, so that audience preference comes down to personal taste. However there have been some ballets that have been created or in some cases adapted to suit a particular dancers technique or personality and somehow the initial impact of such works is never repeated. Ashton created Marguerite and Armand specifically for Fonteyn & Nureyev and never sanctioned another couple in the roles. I for one am very distressed that his wishes have now been brushed aside.
Posted 12 November 2001 - 06:03 PM
- Fascinating that you saw these three couples in the balcony scene from R & J (even on film). I've always wondered what Seymour and Gable would have been like, given that the roles were actually created on them. Equally I would love to have seen what Sibley and Dowell would have made of the star-crossed lovers (Fonteyn and Nureyev are of course on video in the roles).
It would be wonderful if you could comment further on this.
Posted 18 November 2001 - 06:28 AM
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