Grand Pas de Quatre
Posted 13 February 2002 - 08:33 AM
Does anyone have any thoughts on the above performance?
Though I'm pretty sure that we BA posters were not there, would anyone have anything to say about the original performance?
[ February 13, 2002: Message edited by: glebb ]
Posted 13 February 2002 - 01:01 PM
What always bothers me about "Pas de Quatre" are the ballerina jokes. I don't believe they were there at the time -- those women wouldn't have given each other little sidelong evil eyes, nor been reluctant to leave the stage. I'd love to see a performance of this staged straight!
Posted 13 February 2002 - 09:20 PM
In any case, I rather like that bit of rivalry, an the idea that there was a little bit of competition there, albeit a friendly one and they all work together in the end smile.gif
Posted 13 February 2002 - 10:14 PM
Posted 13 February 2002 - 11:56 PM
Posted 15 February 2002 - 02:46 PM
However, historically there was a considerable dispute before the curtain went up as to the order in which the Goddesses should appear. Everyone concerned agreed that Taglioni should have the place of honour and appear last. However, Cerrito and Grisi had a real spat over who should take precedence for second place. The theatre manager, Benjamin Lumley solved the dilema saying "The question of talent must be decided by the audience", but as to precedence "Let the oldest take her unquestionnable right to the envied position". Since neither lady was prepared to own up to that, Perrot got to decide the order in which they appeared.
Posted 15 February 2002 - 02:50 PM
Posted 15 February 2002 - 09:34 PM
I was very young and couldn't help enjoying the part where the other (male dancers from National Ballet of Washington) ballerinas ate the marshmallow necklace of Taglioni.
Taglioni also pulled out a gun and shot Cerrito for taking an extra bow.
I have to say that certain balletomanes did not enjoy this parody.
Posted 15 February 2002 - 10:31 PM
Even when Dolin was staging his version campy, he'd sometimes cut back, and go, "No, no, we're over the line here. It's too hammy." Problem is, he's gone, and the succeeding generations don't know how and where to cut back when it gets "too hammy". frown.gif
Posted 06 March 2002 - 08:33 PM
Thanks Victoria, for helping me locate it on Ebay.
Posted 07 March 2002 - 09:29 AM
Posted 10 March 2002 - 04:22 AM
I remember the Trockadero versoin as a deliriously beautiful thinfg, actually beautifully danced, and hte jokes about th e odd things ballerinas DO (like walking on high half-toe, were at least as funny as the cat-fight, and hte funniest thing of all was how much I enjoyed seeing the final tableau over and over and over --
I didn't want it to end, life would be too too ordinary, and I was delighted to have applause milked out of me if they could just keep it from ending...... "Don't leave me," I could almost hear myself say it, I realized they'd made me aware that I felt it, and it made me realize what a contribution they were making....
Posted 10 March 2002 - 08:29 PM
when i put my videography togeth. for my book there were 4 different versions (two incomplete) round (p. 563) and i didn't mention the one that was on the 'era of romantic ballet' as that tape had at that point been discontinued, tho' it's still around in any number of collections.
i don't know if the trocks are putting that version on the vid. they've either just released or are about to release. but it's probably worth exploring this avenue too.
Posted 13 March 2002 - 08:44 AM
I have a little trivia to share. In Tommy Tune's NINE the famous tableux pose is done during the song The Germans at the Spa.
Posted 20 March 2002 - 09:55 PM
I am confessing my ignorance of that fact -- which is kind of embarrassing, since I not only could have read it in your book, I DID read it in your excellent book -- but I have not been around anybody who had a copy to borrow or sell. I'd love to see one.
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