The Wise VirginsViewable on youtube, and sublime
Posted 07 December 2009 - 10:30 PM
Anybody else find this as beautiful as I do? It puts me in mind of the Preghiera of Mozartiana. Fonteyn like Farrell here, is nothing technically difficult, but being simple is the hardest thing of all, and she's SO expressive, so graceful, within extreme formal constraints.
Posted 08 December 2009 - 02:33 AM
The economy, the focus. Makes it very graceful and pleasing.
Posted 08 December 2009 - 06:18 AM
Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:29 AM
"As the Bride in this very lovely, slow but strangely moving lyrical ballet of Ashton's, Fonteyn was the very personification of the dawn of womanhood.....The grace and beauty of the stylised movements of the arms and hands suited her to perfection and, giving full rein to her lyricism, she appeared literally to melt from one posture to another. A perfect complement to the imposing, celestial dignity of the Bach fugue, she seemed to surround herself with a great tenderness and peace."
I've always been struck by the number of ballets he was obviously so impressed by which did not survive - nice to see a little clip of this one.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:16 PM
Lynette, I would also love to see some early Ashton ("The Lords of Burleigh," especially, but all of this one as well, and "Nocturne" and many others). But at this point, I don't think it's possible, alas.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:17 PM
I think the main reason the Wise Virgins failed to survive in the repertory was that the decors and costumes were lost when the Germany army invaded the Netherlands and the Sadler's Wells company had to escape with only the clothes they were wearing.
Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:16 PM
Posted 22 January 2010 - 05:55 PM
You and me both, and many others too...
Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:08 AM
You need to scroll down a long way but there is a picture of Natasha Oughtred in this.
Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:48 PM
If you pay attention only to Blake's WISE virgins, the feeling of the light whisper of movement, is similar in both works, I think.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:40 AM
A Dream of Africa 2010
Sunday September 19th 2010 at 7.30pm
The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS
Tickets £28 from RCM Box Office 020 7591 4314, firstname.lastname@example.org
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