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#31 Golden Idol

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 09:45 AM

In light of the ecstatic reception given to the Manon PDD performed during last summer's Met season, and during this year's ABT opening night gala, the time is ripe to revive the whole thing. Diana and Marcelo, please?

Oh, and yes, one guilty pleasure: Paquita - not performed by ABT since, I think, the eighties.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:39 AM

Oh, and yes, one guilty pleasure: Paquita - not performed by ABT since, I think, the eighties.


Yes!! It would even be better if Kevin and Alexei can convince Yuri Burlaka to stage it. His version for the Bolshoi with all the ladies variations is fabulous.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:28 AM

I believe ABT can do a lot better than Cranko and Macmillan though I know we are going to get them next season and doubtless for many seasons after. (The one Macmillan I would be curious to see again would be the Faure Requiem.) I am always happy to see Ashton in ABT's repertory and it enables them to showcase a twentieth-century classicism different from NYCB's.

Paquita is an excellent thought and quite a guiltless pleasure as far as I'm concerned. Perhaps also it would be nice to see Tudor's Leaves are Fading again (and if they are worried about box office with repertory programs, let's say Leaves are Fading with Cojocaru at a couple of the performances).

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 09:10 PM

Just a quick note...

RE: All-Shakespeare...
ABT did do an all-Shakespeare ("festival" was their term) during a Met season (I think it was 2007?). They did "The Dream", "R&J", and "Othello". But not on the same night of course. Personally, I love Shakespeare, so I thought it was a grand idea, and a chance to see three very different choreographers' take on it. (I think I also saw Cranko's R&J at BB shortly thereafter. Wish they would do his "Taming of the Shrew" too, I haven't seen that since Joffrey days in LA)

RE: A Month in the Country...
Yes, this is my favorite as well. And I can think of LOTS of ABT casts I'd like to see do it. But there was a thread here a few years ago where acquiring this ballet was proposed, and we were told then that The RB (or is it Dowell?) owns the rights, and said that it will never be done elsewhere. (But maybe now , this is no longer so?) Personally, I always thought AC could play the tutor; he certainly understands, and I've certainly observed, what it's like to have fans from all stratas of society want him personally, professionally, or both.

I'd also like to see the complete "Raymonda" live at least once in my life.
In the meantime, I go to those performances I enjoy, and can afford, and otherwise, I wait for better times.

#35 Barbara

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 04:43 AM

Wish they would do his "Taming of the Shrew" too, I haven't seen that since Joffrey days in LA)


I also seem to remember seeing the Stuttgart do this in LA many years ago with Haydee/Cragun. Loved it!

#36 Amy Reusch

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 06:10 PM

Please: Ratmansky choreograph Firebird for Osipova.

Consider the Seo/Bolle R&J request seconded...

#37 vipa

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 07:06 PM

Almost everyone here is wishing for more full lengths. I'm really wishing (a hopeless cause) for more rep. ABT has a history of full lengths and stars, but also a history of great rep.

Personally I went to see 3 full length ballets this season based on Cojocaru. Even with Cojocaru, I'd never go to see R&J, the Lady Camilians thing, Eugene Onegin, Manon or any of other "acting" ballets. I'll never go to see Don Q again (I went for the rare chance to Cojocaru, loved her but won't go again ), Giselle (loved Cojocaru, but probably won't go again) Sleeping Beauty (might go, because there is a lot of dancing/technique involved for a number of people).

The Marinsky is here with "story ballets" but there are lots of discount tickets available. So story ballets are not a guarantee of sales.

I saw Osipova in The Bright Stream and loved her. I hope I get to see her in rep, clearly full length ballets are not my thing.

I loved the idea of a Shakespeare night - Kevin M has already said that the Tudor R&J would be super expensive to mount. I have no idea about the ins and outs of these things.

So that brings my back to my wish list of rep nights which are not going to happen. Can we at least choose from:
Billy the Kid
Rodeo
Gaite Parisianne
Lilac Garden
Helen of Troy
Intermezzo
Whatever Balanchine ballets they can get a hold of
3 Virgins & a Devil
Judgment in Paris.
Leaves are Fading

I'll stop, but could go on forever. For those of us who are not "story ballet" fans, ABT has less and less to offer.

#38 Mel Johnson

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:28 PM

"Les Patineurs" with Simkin as the Blue (Chappel designs) or Green (Beaton designs) Skater. More Ashton in general would be welcome!

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 05:56 AM

Paris Opera Ballet has scheduled Natalia-Ivan for La Fille... in July,2012. ABT can still beat POB by presenting the Bolshoi duo in May/June 2012 :devil:

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 09:54 AM

So that brings my back to my wish list of rep nights which are not going to happen. Can we at least choose from:
Billy the Kid
Rodeo
Gaite Parisianne
Lilac Garden
Helen of Troy
Intermezzo
Whatever Balanchine ballets they can get a hold of
3 Virgins & a Devil
Judgment in Paris.
Leaves are Fading

I'll stop, but could go on forever. For those of us who are not "story ballet" fans, ABT has less and less to offer.


I'm with you on more rep nights! And even some of the rep you and others have mentioned are in some ways "story ballets", so they fulfill two needs. Both "Rodeo" and "Billy The Kid" tell a story. As does "Lilac Garden" certainly. Most of Tudor has a story of sorts to tell. As does Ashton. I'd love another go at his "Sylvia" and possibly "Ondine", for either Cojocaru or Osipova. "The Dream" is always right up there. As is "Illuminations". As for Balanchine, as you said, anything they can get hold of. But one that ABT has done in the past is "Symphoney in C". It's best done on a large stage as it uses so many dancers. And it offers so many opportunities for the dancers to really do something!! Someone also mentioned "Jewels", which I'd certainly pay to see ABT dance. And also, alas, "La Fille". The current ABT crop of dancers would do wonders with this ballet.

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:07 AM

How is "The Dream" different from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? How is "Armand and Marguerite" different from "Lady of the Camillas?"

In general, I have watched some rep-type nights on DVD and not found them fulfilling.

#42 Helene

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 11:48 AM

"The Dream" (1964) is Frederick Ashton's one-act version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It's a classic ballet and the ABT version is available on DVD with Ethan Stiefel as Oberon and Alessandra Ferri as Titania.

Christopher Stowell also choreographed a one-act version for his company, Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1962) is a full-length and has has almost all of the storytelling that Ashton covers in a different way in the first act. Act II shows the joint wedding of Hippolyta to Theseus, Helena to Demetrius, and Hermia to Lysander, and includes a beautiful three-part divertissement to a Mendelssohn symphony that is rarely played in concert halls, and which Balanchine abridged for his ballet.

I prefer the Balanchine, because he uses the best music for the Titania/Donkey pas de deux, where Ashton uses the same music for the Titania/Oberon pas deux, and Balanchine's second act pas de deux in the Wedding Divertissement is one of the greatest pdd I've ever seen. However, were ABT to perform it, that would be in competition with the home company, and ABT already does the Ashton.

John Neumeier choreographed a version to music by Mendelssohn, Ligeti, and for barrel organ. RDB performed it this past season.

Other versions include:
Ballet Met: David Nixon
Ballet Austin: Stephen Mills.
Cincinnati Ballet: Victoria Morgan
Ballet Arizon: Ib Andersen
Madison Ballet: Peter Anastos

#43 ksk04

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 01:28 PM

How is "Armand and Marguerite" different from "Lady of the Camillas?"



Marguerite and Armand is a one-act ballet by Frederick Ashton for Fonteyn and Nureyev (until a few years ago they were the only ones to ever perform it--now the Royal is back to dancing it as well as Nina Ananiashvili's company). Music is a piano sonata by Liszt. I believe the whole thing is on youtube with both Fonteyn/Nureyev and Sylvie Guillem/Nicholas Le Riche or Massimo Murru, if you wanted to take a look.

Lady of the Camillias is the full length ballet of the story by John Neumeier, that is now performed by ABT to piano music by Chopin. The stories of Manon and Des Grieux are included in this ballet.

Same-ish story, very different presentations!

#44 miliosr

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 03:32 PM

I'm really wishing (a hopeless cause) for more rep.

I'm right there with you on the hopelessness bandwagon.

I loved the idea of a Shakespeare night - Kevin M has already said that the Tudor R&J would be super expensive to mount.

This drives me crazy when you consider how much they blew on The Pied Piper and their garish Sleeping Beauty. And there are people around who could help restage the Tudor Romeo and Juliet! Among others, Carla Fracci, Natalia Makharova, Ivan Nagy and John Prinz all performed in it during the 70s, and they're all still around and presumably willing to help. Frankly, I think McKenzie pleading poverty is an excuse. Today's ABT only performs just enough Tudor to keep the critics off their collective backs -- they're not committed to Tudor in any serious and systematic way.

#45 miliosr

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 03:36 PM

As for Balanchine, as you said, anything they can get hold of. But one that ABT has done in the past is "Symphoney in C". It's best done on a large stage as it uses so many dancers. And it offers so many opportunities for the dancers to really do something!! Someone also mentioned "Jewels", which I'd certainly pay to see ABT dance.

I say this with all politeness but . . . I have to disagree. In my opinion, New York doesn't need a second home for Balanchine. Instead, ABT should revisit its pre-Baryshnikov past for inspiration and renewal -- there's a lot there.


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