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Alicia Alonso reflects on Giselle.

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

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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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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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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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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...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFGTgf-tJ2g

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