Jerome Robbins' Faun
Posted 31 March 2001 - 07:14 PM
Posted 31 March 2001 - 11:24 PM
The Robbins "Faun" takes place in a ballet studio, with one female and one male dancer. They are wearing "practice" type leotards and there is NOT a faun in site! I don't know what the "plot" is, but I'm sure others on this board will be able to tell you. The impression I get is that both dancers are more interested in their own reflections in the mirror that they are in each other.....
[This message has been edited by Yvonne (edited March 31, 2001).]
Posted 01 April 2001 - 09:20 AM
Another interesting thing I learned: I had always assumed that Debussy and Nijinsky worked more or less together to create Faun, as STravinsky and Diaghilev, say, did with the various Ballets russes productions. But Debussy wrote the Prelude a good several years before the ballet was made. (ANd Stephane Mallarme's poem predated DEbussy's music by a similarly large span of time!)
Posted 01 April 2001 - 09:31 PM
(Mallarme's poetry in general is full of mirror imagery that overwhelms and freezes characters and events -- e.g. "Herodiade" -- and it wouldn't surprize me if Robbins had that in the back of his mind, too, when he created his ballet, even if it isn't directly derived from the Faun poem. But that's speculation on my part.)
Posted 02 April 2001 - 08:44 AM
Drew- a few weeks ago, there was a German documentary shown on the French-German channel ARTE, dealing with a reconstruction of "Afternoon of a faun" by Ann Hutchinson Guest (who managed more or less to understand Nijinsky's own system of dance notation. What a fascinating woman she seems to be, by the way!) It wasn't very clear if there had been an unbroken performance tradition- it seems that the work had been performed by several companies, but getting farther and farther from the original work...
By the way, next season the Paris Opera Ballet will perform both Nijinsky's and Robbins' "Faun" in the same program.
Posted 02 April 2001 - 09:47 PM
Posted 02 April 2001 - 09:52 PM
Re. the Ann Hutchinson Guest reconstruction: sounds like an interesting documentary, but I don't suppose it will be available in the USA. Do you know if she has any thoughts on the Hodson/Joffrey Sacre that I mentioned above to Drew? (Of course, this topic might have been covered in a previous discussion...haven't checked!)