Can Sondheim's music be the basis of a ballet score?
Posted 22 March 2010 - 03:26 PM
This got me wondering: is there anything in the larage Sondheim oeuvre that would be suitable for a ballet or ballet suite in the mode of Who Cares?, Sinatra Songs, West Side Story Suite, Baker's Dozen, etc.?
Sondheim writes lovely melodies. But are they really ... danceable?
Posted 22 March 2010 - 05:26 PM
Posted 22 March 2010 - 05:29 PM
The only dance music that comes to mind from a Sondheim show already existing is the sexy stuff Donna Mackechnie did in 'Company', but that's pretty much in the context, I'd think. There must be more, but I can't think of parallels to 'dream ballets' in the shows as there are by composers of other shows. Lar Lubovitch did choreography for 'Into the Woods', I believe, but I don't remember any of it just from watching the tape some years back, don't think there were big numbers, but just not sure.
But sho knows? There is probably some choreographer in love with Sondheim's songs who might come up with something of interest, although it doesn't strike me as worthwhile, even if the songs were sung, because they'd be taken out of their context, where they sometimes work, sometimes dont'.
Posted 23 March 2010 - 01:53 PM
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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:24 AM
"Street dance is also transforming theatre. In 2008, Kate Prince's Into the Hoods, an inspired mash-up of Stephen Sondheim and street dance, became the West End's longest-running (24 weeks) dance show, trouncing previous record-holder Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake;"
(an article on the mainstreaming of street dance in Britain) and wondered if anyone on the board has any knowledge of it.
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