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Frederic Franklinan appreciation on his 95th birthday - July 9

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#31 Amy Reusch

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 07:00 PM

Perhaps this should be a different thread, but while we're thinking of Danilova & Franklin's partnership... did they do Coppelia together?

Yes, they both danced in the London Sadlers Wells production of Coppelia in 1949 and I am not certain that they danced this ballet before that date but someone will certainly post the date of their first performance together.

They both famously did independent stagings of Coppelia, but I've never heard these compared in light of their having danced the lead roles opposite each other... Can't imagine this hasn't been done... hmmm... what search words to use...

Thank you Leonid!

Well... I'm not finding much, though after reading a few excerpts on Google books I really want to get the Franklin biography... wish it were selling for about $10 less... seems a lot for a paperback, but I'm sure it's going cheap considering what's between the pages.

One quote in the NY Times on the occasion of his ABT Coppelia staging

Not one for undue nostalgia, Mr. Franklin has capitalized on these expanded technical capacities by choreographing a new third-act solo for Franz, and tailoring the ending to each dancer's particular skills. ''Alexandra Danilova, who I often partnered in this ballet, told me that I had to give it a little juice,'' he said, referring to his tenure with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. ''But the other day, a Russian dance critic came to watch a rehearsal, and at the end she said to me: 'Yes, it is the Sergeyev choreography. I knew him, and this is how he did it.' I was so glad.''

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 08:01 PM

Aha...! Last night me and my peer Natalia went to see if we could greet Mme. Alonso at her box, which never happened, for she was locked up inside. Instead we got a glimpse of the great Mr. Franklin right in front of the box door!...and so we decided to approach and say hi.

I mean...the guy was standing there...chatting with some people and sipping champagne! :D -(good for you Freddie!).
We then got a hold of him and exchanged some words. The guy, almost 96, was more alert than myself, for God's sake!
Lovely, lovely person. I reminded him of the first time I met him when he came to Miami to get a Life for Dancing Achievement Prize a while ago. I also told him that that same afternoon, during my long hours watching Alonso's videos from her Ballet Theatre period and Ballet Russes guest appearances-(what a great service at the NYPL!)-I even had seen a Don Quixote Pas de Deux clip of him dancing with her :flowers: -(from a VHS called "Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: 1953-1955").

When I said so he looked amazed that such records were still around, and asked me where had I seen it.
We then thanked him from all his dancing and left. What a charming man! :P

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