Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:43 PM
Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:49 PM
Posted 10 April 2009 - 11:50 AM
Then there was the stage decor, great piles of Lucite luggage, said at the time to be really expensive.
Somewhere in the two-hour Balanchine documentary shown on PBS we hear him say of his ballets, "Some of them weren't so good. I knew they weren't." But he doesn't identify any, and I would hope the resources that it would take to revive this would be spent in more worthwhile ways.
Posted 10 April 2009 - 04:32 PM
Didn't the Stravinsky festival come shortly after PAMTGG?
Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:04 PM
PAMTGG (Pan Am Makes the Going Great)
by Roger Kellaway
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
June 17, 1971, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Kay Mazzo, Victor Castelli, Karin von Aroldingen, Frank Ohman, Sara Leland, John Clifford
Notice that nothing else is said...... Most people I knew who had seen it just smirked.
Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:48 PM
as has been expressed above, i also suspect that given all that has 'gone down,' so to speak, in the wake of this time, w/ this cast, etc. PAMTGG wouldn't look nearly as frightful as expectation now has it.
what Balanchine could 'shake out of his sleeve' could often dance rings around the hard won efforts of any number of other choreographers.
as clive barnes once noted Balanchine's saying at a press conf. where someone tried to bait him into admitting that Ashton had, in some instance or other, made an incompetent ballet, and i'm paraphrasing what CB recalled for me: 'Mr. Ashton and I make successful and unsuccessful ballets, but we do not make incompetent ones.'
in any case here's the house program cover made of graphics from a photo of von aroldingen.
Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:59 AM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:02 PM
Posted 13 April 2009 - 06:24 PM
i don't know that i saw PAMTGG more than two or three times.
here is a scan of a two-page credit rundown detailing PAMTGG casting for Jan. 23, 1972, the season that featured the program cover scanned above. (the scrawled number indcates a change in the program order from that printed on the Playbill's pages.)
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:05 PM
What I sought to imply was that the whole sorry business was either something I've efficiently repressed as a sort of traumatic experience -- all those resources, and what result? -- or, more likely, it all just went past me, there being nothing in it I grasped -- nothing I could hold on to -- at the time, possibly because there was nothing there, as I still think, or just possibly because I lacked perception. (Several years before, Emeralds, no less, went past me the first time I looked at it because I hadn't got on to Faure' yet.)
Thanks again for the program scans, it shows the cast was much larger than I remembered, too. No, to reiterate, I accept that the costume picture is true and accurate, I don't challenge that for a moment; my comment was mainly about me, and my reaction to -- or from -- PAMTGG.
Posted 14 April 2009 - 06:42 PM
i've made plenty of errors in my days and will likely make many more as time marches on.
actually i'm not sure the program's 'graphics' actually identify PAMTAGG as the theme of Matus's design and your query gave me pause, b/c i know you have a keen memory, so it made me wonder if i'd been 'off' here - turns out there is a photo in Repertory in Review, p. 280, w/ von Aroldingen front and center in her fringes and w/ F. Ohman in the background looking equally hippie-ish - so it seems this confirms the fact that this odd costuming is certainly from PAMTAGG. (as we have seen, Kirstein's prog. note makes no mention of the hippie factor to Sharaff's designs.)
so, challenge away when you sense anything off the mark - how else will we keep on our toes.
Posted 15 April 2009 - 04:47 AM
Thank you SO MUCH for posting this groovy image; I had never seen it, and it really made my day!
Posted 22 July 2009 - 08:46 PM
Priceless line: "If nothing else. PAMTGG leads one to wonder what kind of magic he might work if his fancy were caught by a roller derby or a pro football game."
Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:11 PM
The Time PAMTGG review shows the magazine at its Henry Luce era snippiest. It's a sort of "balanced" reporting (it implies a 50/50 split in Balanchine's production) that has somewhat migrated to the Economist, with its own "silkily arrogant tone" (the novelist Pankaj Mishra's characterization of the Economist).
Posted 23 July 2009 - 08:15 AM
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