Claire

Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet

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I looked at the website and was bemused to realize that you had to click several times to find the actual location of the school. I assumed that it was in NYC, but that isn't really mentioned except on the contact page.

I subscribe to several dance listservs and have noticed that, even when it's obvious that the readership is an international one, people have a tendency to forget to mention the city/state/country where some event is taking place. I've received elaborate instructions about what subway stop to get off at and which bell to ring at the door, but no information on the city where the subway and the bell are found!

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I looked at the website and was bemused to realize that you had to click several times to find the actual location of the school. I assumed that it was in NYC, but that isn't really mentioned except on the contact page.

I subscribe to several dance listservs and have noticed that, even when it's obvious that the readership is an international one, people have a tendency to forget to mention the city/state/country where some event is taking place. I've received elaborate instructions about what subway stop to get off at and which bell to ring at the door, but no information on the city where the subway and the bell are found!

You are a better clicker than I. I couldn't find the location. Where is it?

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On its Facebook page it only says "Tribeca". I can't find the studio address on the official site either.

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It also seeks in-kind donations from contractors, so their permanent space isn't open yet. However, the first summer intensive will be at LaGuardia High School, according to the website "across the road" from Lincoln Center. ("Road?" This is Manhattan. We have Streets and Avenues, Drives, Ways and a Boulevard or two but "road"?) Here's an office address near neither LaGuardia High (which is across Amsterdam Ave. from Lincoln Center) nor the Tribeca neighborhood. Probably temporary.

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No discussion of this company for about five years. Is there another page? This is the working website:

http://gelseykirklandacademyofclassicalballet.org/

The reason I am posting is that they have scheduled a fascinating double bill at the Peter Norton Space at Symphony Space at 2537 Broadway at 86th Street in NYC on March 27 and 28th at 8 p.m.. There are doing two short Petipa ballets - "The Cavalry Halt" and "Harlequinade" (not the Balanchine!!!). These ballets have been kept in the repertory of the secondary Russian companies like the Mikhailovsky/Stanislavsky/etc. I want to see these! Two performances only.

Discounted tickets available on Goldstar (free to join).

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More info on the Cavalry Halt/Harlequinade double bill:

Cavalry Halt -- choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Johann Armsheirmer
Harlequinade -- choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Riccardo Drigo

Rarely seen one-act ballet Cavalry Halt is staged by by Nikolai Levitsky and Vera Solovyeva, both formerly of the Leningrad State Ballet Company. This little gem of a one-act ballet was created in 1896 while Petipa was the First Ballet Master of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theater. He created it for his own daughter, Marie, and Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani. It is a comical story about Cavalry Troop sweeping into town, turning the flirtations of mischievous village girls into shenanigans! The officers clamor in competing for the village belle, all culminating in a joyous wedding.

Two-act ballet Harlequinade was first presented at the Imperial Theatre of the Hermitage by the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg in 1900. In 1965 George Balanchine staged a revival of the work for the New York City Ballet. The story is based on the characters of Commedia Del'Arte. Set in the gay atmosphere of a Venetian carnival, it is the timeless tale of the father who locks up his daughter, Columbine to prevent her marrying the penniless Harlequin. All hell breaks loose when the lovers break free and wreak havoc on the household. All the favorite romantic comedy elements become hilariously revealed, from the serenade under the window, to the mock death, to the marriage of the lovers.

(edited to change the word "reek" to "wreak" - I am not the author of this copy but merely pasted it here from an online blurb)

Edited by FauxPas

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