Posted 25 March 2009 - 03:37 PM
Romeo et Juliette (Maillot)
Petit Mort (Kylian) **
West Side Story Suite (Robbins)
Suspension of Disbelief (Quijada)
Red Angels (Dove)
Serious Pleasures (Dove) **
Four Temperaments (Balanchine)
Square Dance (Balanchine)
Coppelia (Balanchine/Danilova) **
** new production
(there may be another Balanchine in there somewhere)
There are some interesting choices here. No Morris, and no Tharp, but a Kylian (first one for PNB) Three program-length ballets, which certainly cuts down on the number of different works they can do. Romeo was very, very popular when it premiered, and I'm sure the company hopes that they can build on that momentum. A new production of Coppelia, so I'm pretty sure we won't see the Stowell choreography again.
(edited about 20 minutes after it was first posted, to correct a couple errors)
Posted 26 March 2009 - 01:26 AM
In her book "Dancing for Balanchine", Merrill Ashley describes how Balanchine created the "Dawn" variation for her.
Starting with "Romeo et Juliette" is an interesting way to kick-start the season. I always think of R&J as a winter ballet, and if we're lucky when it is performed we will be in Indian Summer.
I'm assuming "Sleeping Beauty" is the Hynd production.
Is "New Caniparoli" a new work made for the company, or a revival?
Posted 26 March 2009 - 03:09 PM
When I first heard the idea floated, the company was hoping to get Iole Allessandrini to design (did the sets for Carmen, did that big installation outside the theater with the mesh and the lights) but I don't know if they're still planning for that.
I think, near as I can tell, that "New Caniparoli" means new altogether, not just new to the company.
I agree about R&J -- I always think of it in the winter, when I need something rich and sweet. It will be different to see it in the autumn, though I think the last time the company did the Stowell version it was early in the season. I'll have to go back and look at my notes...
Posted 31 March 2009 - 11:42 PM
The new Val Caniparoli piece is a world premiere named "The Seasons". The "Sleeping Beauty" is a revival of the Hynd, and "Coppelia" is Balanchine's version.
sandik, you hit the nail on the head!
Posted 19 April 2009 - 12:18 PM
These are the programs I'm interested in: 3 - Sleeping Beauty, 5 - All Balanchine, or 6 - Coppelia. Based on comments above, Coppelia is the front runner, but I'm open to suggestions. Thanks.
Posted 19 April 2009 - 10:24 PM
Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:13 PM
Posted 19 April 2009 - 11:48 PM
But really, it depends on you. Do you love big story things best, do you want to see a big variety of performers, do you want something you already know so you can make some comparisons, or do you want something you don't get to see at home...
Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:32 AM
Perhaps a better question would be: "Is there any reason one of these programs would not give me insight into PNB?" My answer to that is: NO.
IMO, PNB is excellent in all modes: romantic, classical, neo-classical, and modern. Perhaps the Balachine program would best serve to display this vesatility to you since it contains the range of the 4T's (perhaps my favorite ballet also, excepting maybe Agon) and Serenade.
Posted 20 April 2009 - 11:12 AM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 12:07 AM
Romeo et Juliette (Maillot)
I'm so glad to see this return--and even more so because I'm itching to see the extraordinary performance I anticipate from Carla Körbes. Now, if there was also an opportunity to see Rachel Foster take on the role, I don't know how I would be able to contain my cumulative happiness.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 08:31 AM
(to be fair, they tried the last time, but injuries got in the way)
I'm wondering who else might get a chance at it...
Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:55 AM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:50 PM
My wish list (hey! a person can dream, right?):
Carla Korbes (I'd say probable barring unforeseen circumstances)
Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:08 PM
She learned the part when it was first staged, but got injured and had to withdraw.
She'd be an interesting choice, but her Rosaline is so good I don't know that they'll think of her as Juliette
The tallness thing would be interesting here. So far the Romeos they've fielded have been medium sized.
Hadn't thought of her, but can see it. She's having a lot of opportunities this year.
I can certainly imagine her learning the part this time around, but don't know that she'd get to perform yet.
I'm thinking that Mara Vinson might get a turn at this.
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