Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:34 PM
My interest in ballet is confined to Orientalism - the use of Oriental themes in European ballet (and other performing arts) in Europe (and elsewhere) prior to WW2, and will be glad to swap thoughts with any others with similar interest.
One example of the information I am chasing is details of Ruth Page's appearance in what apparently was a ballet version of Madama Butterfly.
Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:55 PM
Just yesterday, I saw the film of the Mariinsky's Firebird and was struck by the much more eastern flavor of the designs compared to the more familiar Chagall sets and costumes. They were absolutely gorgeous! I don't know if that's as "eastern" as to fall within your area of interest -- it is, after all, still Russian.
But as you know, choreographers have turned to oriental themes for their ballets through the ages. I'm sure, as you read through some of our old threads, you'll be able to add to the discussions.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:13 PM
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:32 AM
The Music Box Revue of 1922 had a song called "Porcelain Maid", which may have been what she danced to, the lyrics of which included:
"How I long to cuddle and coo
'Neath a bamboo shade
I wanna design a
Home over in China
For my Porc'lain Maid".
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