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Alicia Alonso reflects on Giselle.50's clip with black dressed Willis included-(weird!)


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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:28 AM

Black tutu-ed Willis...? :blink:



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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:41 AM

isn't that from eugene berman's production of giselle for ballet theatre in the 40's-50s?

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:50 AM

Speaking of Alonso's reflections, wouldn't I love to see a copy of this:

This Is Your Life: Alicia Alonso
Premiere: May 26, 1954
Host: Ralph Edwards
Network: NBC-TV

Guests
Fernando Alonso Husband; Director of the Ballet Alicia Alonso in Cuba
Laura "Laurita" Alonso Daughter - danced ballet transitions during show
Alexandra Fedorova Her ballet teacher (1938 and 1939) and friend; student with Pavlova, danced before the Czar
Chase Lucia Friend, Director of the Ballet Theatre in NYC (Alonso's portrait will be displayed at school)
Blanca "Cuca" Martinez Sister; Assistant Director of the Ballet Alicia Alonso, also a dancer
Ernestina Martinez Mother - flown from Havana
Ethel Pritchard One of her nurses at Presbyterian Hospital in NYC; hadn't seen in 10 years
Igor Youskevitch Dancer; her ballet partner

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:15 AM

Weren't the original Wilis distinguished by some kind of national symbol? Marian Smith or Doug Fullington (or maybe both) mentioned that some of the music for the Wilis' ballet blanc had national flavor.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 10:32 AM

yes, Berman's designs for the Wilis were well known for their dark (black and possible deep green?) hues.

Giselle : Chor: Anton Dolin after Coralli and Perrot (based on the Nikolai Sergeev version); mus: Adolphe Adam; lib: Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Gautier; scen & cos: Lucinda Ballard. First perf: U.S.: New York, Center Theater, Jan 12, 1940, Ballet Theatre.//Revival: New York, Metropolitan Opera House, Oct 11, 1946, Original Ballet Russe, scen: Alexandre Benois adapted by George Dunkel; cos: executed by Rose Chagall.//Revival of 1940 Ballet Theatre production: New York, Broadway Theatre, Oct 15, 1946; new scen & cos: Eugene Berman.//Revival: England: London, Stoll Theatre, Nov 2, 1950, Festival Ballet; scen & cos: Hugh Stevenson.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 02:37 PM

Speaking of Alonso's reflections, wouldn't I love to see a copy of this:

This Is Your Life: Alicia Alonso
Premiere: May 26, 1954
Host: Ralph Edwards
Network: NBC-TV

Guests
Fernando Alonso Husband; Director of the Ballet Alicia Alonso in Cuba
Laura "Laurita" Alonso Daughter - danced ballet transitions during show
Alexandra Fedorova Her ballet teacher (1938 and 1939) and friend; student with Pavlova, danced before the Czar
Chase Lucia Friend, Director of the Ballet Theatre in NYC (Alonso's portrait will be displayed at school)
Blanca "Cuca" Martinez Sister; Assistant Director of the Ballet Alicia Alonso, also a dancer
Ernestina Martinez Mother - flown from Havana
Ethel Pritchard One of her nurses at Presbyterian Hospital in NYC; hadn't seen in 10 years
Igor Youskevitch Dancer; her ballet partner


There's a longer segment, but I can't find it now...




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