Posted 10 July 2001 - 10:36 AM
Another one -- I don't know if it had a name -- was the 60th birthday present for Fonteyn, where he choreographed a solo for her out of ports de bra (she remained seated) and put in a gesture, or arm/head position, from all her roles, in order -- or at least, enough in order to justify a comment that you could tell when the people in the audience had come to ballet by the moment they started crying.
Posted 10 July 2001 - 10:41 AM
Posted 10 July 2001 - 02:26 PM
To add to your list Alexandra,Ashton also choreographed the the Pas de Deux that Dowell and Sibley did at the Dowell gala I am unsure as to what it was called I think 'Soupirs' I can't find it in the casting. Sorry!
Posted 10 July 2001 - 02:29 PM
Posted 10 July 2001 - 03:38 PM
There was a solo for Merle Park as a cat ("La Chatte") that I never saw, and a "Voices of Spring" (also for Park, with Wayne Eagling) and "Explosion Polka" that Ashton did for a Vienna production of Fliedermaus one New Year's. He is the one choreographer who really didn't make any effort to have his works last. Odd, for someone who's thought of as old-fashioned and sentimental (not my characterization) he was so willing to create in the moment -- something that suited one (and only one) specific dancer at that one particular time.
I think I've read that "Lament of the Waves" (another dancer-specific piece) might be revivable. (There are many other ballets, of course, but the ones we've been mentioning, even these last ones for special occasions, were all filmed.)
Helena, there was an abbreviated, slightly changed version of "Salut d'Amour" (thanks for the title) at the Met Opera Gala in 1983.
Posted 10 July 2001 - 04:24 PM
I can picture an Alina Cojocaru & an Angel Corella in the leading roles. ;)
Posted 10 July 2001 - 08:15 PM
Joffrey also did Facade in the seventies.
Fun ballet to dance.
I think Tudor was the original Scottish Dancer and Markova did a double tour at the end of the Polka.
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Posted 11 July 2001 - 05:45 AM
Posted 11 July 2001 - 11:19 PM
Like at least a few other fans at the Met. premier of Varii Capricii, I was awaiting something more rapturous or, at least, elegantly classical, for Sibley's return to the ballet stage -- and the return of the much missed Sibley/Dowell partnership. Ashton was less pious and offered a bit of a surprize, but I do sometimes wonder how the more deliberately clever or jokey aspects of his choreography will weather over time...(It's honestly a question, and only revivals -- well stage and well cast revivals -- will tell.)
Posted 11 July 2001 - 11:51 PM
The whole revivals/what holds up issue is so hard to judge -- and is so interesting. I've been surprised to hear friends who didn't see the first casts say that Balanchine's "Union Jack" or "Tombeau de Couperin" aren't very good ballets. When they were new, I thought they were wonderful. (I don't usually think of Balanchine as being as cast-specific as Ashton, but in some cases, in a grand, big spectacle like "Union Jack," I think he was.)
Back to Ashton, I didn't think any of the performances of "Symphonic Variations" I saw this spring were particlarly good, yet I talked to some people who were seeing the ballet for the first time who were very moved by it. I never know which is worse: to see a ballet you love not done very well and get cheered, or to see it in tatters and dismissed.
Posted 12 July 2001 - 01:21 PM
I'm also sure that at least some parts of The Creatures of Prometheus could be revived.
Incidentally, the waltz in ActI of Swan Lake was originally a pas de six. It was expanded for the Helpman production in 1963, but the original was retained in the Touring Company's production. I always thought it was a better version.
Posted 12 July 2001 - 01:33 PM
There was another version of the Waltz in Act I of Sleeping Beauty, a pre-War version, with me, wasn't there? I've always been curious about that, too.
The one I'd like to get back is the Nutcracker -- new designs would be fine, but I'd like to see the choreography.
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