A selection of music by Maurice Ravel.
Posted 04 September 2001 - 01:25 AM
Question: Is there an actual ballet with the name "Daphnes et Chloe" or is that music associated with a ballet of another name?
Posted 04 September 2001 - 03:33 AM
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Posted 05 September 2001 - 03:00 AM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 05:18 AM
The Royal Ballet version by Ashton has had several revivals since the '50's, in fact the first time I saw Margot Fonteyn dance was in the role of Chloe in 1964. Since then the ballet has been revived at least twice, the latest viewing being about 2 years ago, when many people were shocked that the beautiful Craxton designs had been substituted for something very inferior.
There have been other versions too. I remember seeing Baryshnikov as Daphnis in a Kirov version in 1974 and I believe the POB used to dance a version also.
The score of the ballet is so beautiful and so vibrant that it has become a concert hall staple here in the UK and the music is far better known than the ballet is. I am sure it will inspire many more choreographers in the future. But it is a great shame that Ashton's Daphnis isn't available on video. It deserves to be much better known.
Posted 05 September 2001 - 06:16 AM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 10:08 AM
I agree that the music is wonderful- well, I'm a fan of Ravel in general...
Posted 05 September 2001 - 10:31 AM
then if mem. serves there was a graeme murphy(?) version for the sidney dance company that was promoted by a picture of daphnis on a skateboard.
Posted 05 September 2001 - 10:46 AM
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Posted 05 September 2001 - 01:27 PM
the scheme of the work was a back-stage/let's-put-on-a-show event, with dancers in practice clothes listening to a reading (mimed) of the tales and then taking it upon themselves, supposedly spontaneously, to enact them by getting little props and costume bits out of trunks and then presenting skits of 'sleeping beauty' 'hop o my thumb' 'beauty and the beast' and 'laideronnette, empress of the pagodas' arlene croce wrote rather favorably of it during its premiere season.
Posted 06 September 2001 - 11:58 AM
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