"Balanchine Said"Arlene Croce in The New Yorker
Posted 22 January 2009 - 04:29 PM
I take your points, but also suggest respectfully that 'distinguished choreographers' is not the same category as 'dancers.' Croce knows as much about Balanchine's family background as anyone else around, I expect, and I also believe she's talked over the years with quite a few dancers. My point was that, without having read the piece, I didn't think Croce meant to insult or cast aspersions and that the bar for genuine erudition is a pretty high one.
Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:33 PM
It's probably best not to take any of Mr. B's phrases or bits of wisdom out of context. In this case, he's talking to a specific dancer about the way to conceptualize a specific role. I have the impression that MOST of the stories that quote Mr. B' in his philosophizing or advice-giving mode take place when he is explaining a specific performance or performance in general. He was not above changing the quote to fit a slightly different circumstance or occasion.
Posted 26 January 2009 - 01:44 PM
(Lately, apropos the discussion of technique in the thread on the MCB run just finished here, I wonder whether "Never mind perfect. Perfect is boring." might have been said to Martins in some rehearsal. Contrast, if you want to know what the heck I'm talking about, his dancing with Farrell's, in the Choreography by Balanchine videos, preferably the VHS editions. We'll never know for sure, I suppose, but for me this quote underlines the differences among the three ballet companies I distinguish, because of how they look on stage: Balanchine's NYCB (i.e. up until early 1986, say), Martins's NYCB (from then to the present), and MCB. Now I'm way OT, so I'll stop. Here, anyway.)
Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:00 PM
Jack Reed said:
Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:57 PM
Another facet of the multi-faceted Mr. B. revealed!
Posted 07 February 2009 - 12:25 AM
“Mr. B is, if not the most musical choreographer, then one of the most musical choreographers,” says Executive Director Beth Barbre, who worked for the Balanchine Trust. “One of his most famous quotes was ‘See the music and hear the dancer.’ ”
Now, Beth ought to know better (I'm just being facetious)
Here's a link to the article, it's great that they are bringing Balanchine to the desert: http://www.lasvegass...ic-hear-dancer/
Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:25 AM
Posted 07 February 2009 - 11:53 AM
"Mr. B is, if not the most musical choreographer, then one of the most musical choreographers," says Executive Director Beth Barbre, who worked for the Balanchine Trust. "One of his most famous quotes was 'See the music and hear the dancer.' "
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