some questions from my ny ballet weekend
Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:56 AM
1. Opus Jazz:
I enjoyed the little details that referred to George Ballanchine - the "B" on the basketball court, the variation on "Apollo"; can anyone point out any others?
I thought the dancing was good, but (sorry) boring. I did not find much emotion in this piece. Many complain that classical ballet is too stylized, but I find this ballet, like "West Side Story" and musicals generally, to fit that description.
I was mesmerized by the tape of the ABT performance in June 2007. Ferri is remarkable. Her flexible back really stunned me. Did she have any Russian type of training?
I was surprised by her failure to perform a traditional form of reverence at the end. Was that a defiant response to the treatment of women in the plot, or was she just exhausted, or is it her signature?
The leaps, lifts, and balances were incredible. The choreography communicated clearly. The emotional impact was powerful. I was really surprised by the criticism of this ballet, much of which I read on this website.
I have seen clips of the final scene on YT of a Ferri/Bolle performance at La Scala in 2004. I may have missed it, but were some lifts cut out of the ABT version in 2007?
S. Farrell and T. Bentley both spoke about their hip injuries ending their careers. Is this due to turnout? I had presumed that back, leg, and foot injuries were more common causes of retirement.
I am baffled by the shelving system at the NYPL. I will have to return to figure it out.
Posted 10 April 2011 - 03:23 PM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 02:40 AM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 05:42 AM
the result's title is "Jerome Robbins's New York Export Opus Jazz: The Film."
all of this implies of course it that this is something rather different from the ballet itself.
in the end, it's unwise to think one has seen Robbins's ballet until one has experienced the work in the theater as it was shaped by the choreographer. otherwise it's a bit like thinking one knows Balanchine's NUTCRACKER from the commercially released film version. it's pointless to try to second guess what Robbins would have made of the result of this reimagining of his dance, but the project is a work based on his work and not his work, in fact.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 03:37 PM
Well, I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it.
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