Thanks Waelsung for the clarification! I'm going to try not to get my hopes up too much, because otherwise if the 2012 spring season is announced and there is no "Onegin," I will be very disappointed!
RUKen, on 23 June 2011 - 04:17 AM, said:
Why not use the score composed (mostly) by Johann Strauss--"Aschenbroedel"?
(Aschenbroedel is the German name for Cinderella.)
I was not aware there was another score for "Cinderella"! Hmm...interesting.
Drew, on 23 June 2011 - 07:30 AM, said:
I do love the score of the ballet--dark as it is!--and although I know most people are somewhat bored by Ashton's Stepsisters (though they don't seem to have been bored when the roles were danced by their creators--Helpman and Ashton), I think Ashton's version as a whole is very fine: much of it a kind of light-handed twentieth-century translation of Sleeping Beauty. Actually at times in the second act it almost seems mere Sleeping Beauty pastiche to me: but not the first Act Seasons sequence where he really creates a wholly new classical vision from deep within the tradition.
That is funny! That was precisely my reaction when I saw Ashton's "Cinderella"--"This looks just like "Sleeping Beauty," but the story is different!"
Though I fear Ashton's "Cinderella" might end up Disney-fied at ABT, and I'm not sure I could handle that...
On a different note--it occurred to me today that we've discussed a lot about what ballets we'd like to see, and what would make financial sense, but I wonder what the dancers themselves would like to dance, and how much that should influence the ultimate decision. (And of course, what the corps would like to dance may be different from what the principals would like to dance.)
For example, I find it very interesting that the NYC critics all absolutely hated "Lady of the Camellias," and several viewers did too, yet Marguerite seems to be a coveted role for the ballerinas. Vishneva says it's one of her favorites; I remember reading that Hee Seo wanted to play Marguerite, and at some point Polina Semionova had said she wanted to dance the role.
I wonder what ballets the dancers themselves would want to do, if they could pick...