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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:49 PM
Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:21 PM
ARGH, KCTS, the Seattle PBS I get, doesn't have this anywhere on their online schedule--unless I somehow missed it.
Oh no!.....you missed it. It is in the KCTS schedule. You just missed the re-broadcast today at 2pm. Below is from their website:
PBS Arts from Miami: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp
Air: Friday, October 28, 9:00 pm on KCTS 9 HDSeattle/Yakima
Future Airs: 10/30/11, 2:00 pm KCTS 9 HDSeattle/Yakima; 10/30/11, 2:00 pm KYVE 47Yakima
Posted 30 October 2011 - 09:13 PM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:57 AM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 05:44 AM
Agree completely. Rapid and agitated cutting from one image to another is now the cultural norm on tv. (Are they trying to keep the audience awake?) The Kirkland/Baryshnikov Theme and Variation (Live from Lincoln Center, 1970s), which we linked to in an earlier thread, is so much friendlier to the integrity of the work and the artists.
I hated the constant camera-cuts to Jeannette's face during the allegro segments. The main problem was in the editing.
A joy of attending live performance is that YOU become your own "editor," looking where your eye takes you. I find myself resenting -- and actually being stressed by -- sitting passively in a seat while a film director and/or editor forces me to look at certain images while forgetting about those which I am missing. Directors/editors, whatever their intention, seem to be interjecting their OWN work of art between me and the actual performance.
Mr. Diamond did his best. But the cutting to Delgado was indeed intrusive. Worse, it seemed arbitrary, minimally connected to music or choreography. (Better to have taken the trouble to print her NAME, along with Cerdeiro's, on the screen, as would have been done for just about any theatrical or musical performance I have seen.)
Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:38 AM
The grin really works if there is a Caller.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:41 AM
"Real women" -- maybe I watch too many tapes of Svetlana and the Vaganova classes?
Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:44 AM
It was a strange effect, no doubt, and if it hadn't been so distracting I'd not have mentioned it. As Merrill Ashley has said, the "Square Dance" ballerina must convey an I-love-to-dance effect, but Delgado's fixed beam didn't convey a carefree quality to this viewer so much as tension.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 08:13 AM
Delgado's fixed beam didn't convey a carefree quality to this viewer so much as tension.
It is precisely her LACK of tension what I really see stands out in all her performances...
re: her entrechats. My mom-(who's quite far from being a ballet connosseur)-made exactly the same observation.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 10:22 AM
I also wondered why the dancers weren't identified. Generally a title would run with the name of the ballet, the choreographer, and a "Danced By" naming the principals.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 10:45 AM
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:38 AM
Seeing the Golden Section reminded me of why I dislike most Twyla ballets.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:39 PM
That said, I still highly enjoyed the program. Square Dance I thought was danced wonderfully. You got the sense the dancers were truly enjoying themselves which in trun made me enjoy watching them. The choreography looked flesh, spirited and exciting. If I have one negative is that Renan Cerdeiro didn't perform the male solo as well as I would have hoped. Not that he wasn't fine - he was - but there was no sense of melancholy meditation to his movement in the choreography. Of course I've been spoiled by Manuel Legris's interpretation of the role thanks to the Balanchine Celebration video so comparing Cerdeiro to Legris is probably an injustice to Cerdeiro.
Despite it not being among my favorites, Western Symphony was nice and well danced. But the music sounded as if it was being performed way off in the distance in the beginning. The volume recording appeared to be on the low button instead of high.
As for Tharp...the less said about that "ballet" the better. A Robbins ballet would have been better or perhaps something by Christopher Wheeldon. Doesn't MCB perform Wheeldon? That would have been great.
I enjoyed the show and was glad to have taped it. MCB did themselves proud!!
Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:46 PM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:51 AM
Complete agreement from me. I recently showed a large group of friends excerpts from Balanchine ballets, including the Legris clip and afterwards most of the questions were about him.
. If I have one negative is that Renan Cerdeiro didn't perform the male solo as well as I would have hoped. Not that he wasn't fine - he was - but there was no sense of melancholy meditation to his movement in the choreography. Of course I've been spoiled by Manuel Legris's interpretation of the role thanks to the Balanchine Celebration video so comparing Cerdeiro to Legris is probably an injustice to Cerdeiro.
That said, I do believe Cerdeiro is on the right track and time will deepen his performance.
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