Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:14 AM
w/ regard to the older generation of this work, when it was BALLET IMPERIAL, there was a coaching session with Marie-Jeanne, assisted by John Taras, which I gather didn't yield enough footage for a full caoching tape, but perhaps some of that will find its way into the PIANO CONCERTON NO. 2 recording. (Ashley was the dancer being coached in that earlier BALLET IMPERIAL session, so that could make for another reason to connect the older session with this newer one.)
also, i wonder if any request was made to Patricia McBride, who, if mem. serves, first danced the retitled/revised? ballet in '73, with Peter Martins, again if mem. serves as the leading male dancer.
i was lucky enough to be at the BALLET IMPERIAL session and tho' i suppose not that much, nuts-and-bolts-wise, was stated, it was rivetting to see and hear Marie-Jeanne in the studio. Taras, who was also informative, did a bit of the pantomime that was excised by Balanchine when he revived the ballet for New York City Ballet.