Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Posted 22 June 2001 - 02:14 PM
Posted 22 June 2001 - 03:28 PM
IMO, this pas de deux does not have a specific story, but falls into the category of many of Balanchine's ballets (paraphrase): "You've got a man and a woman. How much story do you want?"
Posted 22 June 2001 - 06:27 PM
Posted 22 June 2001 - 07:46 PM
Posted 22 June 2001 - 11:48 PM
My most singular memory of it was sitting in the orchestra of the City Center right next to a friend who babysat for Melissa Hayden's (then) young son. He piped up in a very loud voice: "That's my mother up there in pink, and that's Jacques in blue," just as though the only way you could tell them apart was by the color of their costumes. There were not a few guffaws in the audience.
Posted 23 June 2001 - 12:43 AM
[ 06-23-2001: Message edited by: Luka ]
Posted 23 June 2001 - 01:08 AM
Posted 23 June 2001 - 08:44 AM
And just a bit off topic, what is the history of the music for the russian character dance in Act 3? I heard somewhere that it was added later. How many times has the score for Swan Lake changed?!
[ 06-23-2001: Message edited by: Paquita ]
Posted 23 June 2001 - 12:18 PM
The Danse Russe in Act III was a sort of oddity in the course of the ballet. The original ballerina, Pelagia Karpakova, wanted to dance a demi-character Russian dance, so Tchaikovsky indulged her. According to the original program, it was in the 1877 version of the score. There are two principal versions of the score, the 1877, and the edited-by-Drigo 1895 version. Almost all the rest are derived from these two.
[ 06-23-2001: Message edited by: Mel Johnson ]
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