Ashton's CINDERELLApublicity photo circulated in 1949
Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:02 PM
Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:38 PM
Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:28 AM
Before Marley floor, yes, but often large productions would have groundcloths, sometimes decorated as a part of the overall scenic design, but pragmatically to keep people from getting splinters.
I'm always surprised to see wooden floors... But this must have been well before Marleys?
Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:04 AM
Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:11 AM
Ashton does stand out in this photograph, and [t's a shame that you can't make out clearly the faces of the other dancers. Cinderella looks like Fonteyn. It's not Shearer, anyway.
Could that be the stage of the old Met? The Royal brought Cinderella (along with Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and a mixed bill) to NYC on its first visit, October 1949. The Times has a review by John Martin (Oct. 19, 1949) in which the cast was Fonteyn, Soames, with Alexander Grant as the Jester. The "stars" were, of course, Ashton and Helpman as the Stepsisters. Shearer danced Cinderella at another performance.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:08 AM
Also, groundcloths were usually of very stout duck material, not unlike the heavy weather sailcloth used by larger sailing vessels. For all I know, if they're still in use anywhere, they still are.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:57 AM
Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:10 PM
But it's just a week before Jul 3, 1949 when full announcement on Saddlers Wells U.S. tour (with repertory) was published in NYT and other major U.S. newspapers.
The date of he photo is Jun 26, 1949---well before their October arrival at the Met.
It seems that photo was provided by Saddlers Wells or tour impresario or photo agency so it is quite natural (though really funny) that "the newspaper preparing the photo for publication knew that Ashton created the choreography but not that he was captured in the photo". in 1949, a few people in U.S. newspapers saw Ashton's Cinderalla and knew that he is also a dancer. By the way photo editors all over the world do not always see the difference between various Swan Lakes as well as writings on the back side of the photos are not always correct and made at the same time.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 10:13 PM
(I thought they used to use it for some R&J performances, but maybe I'm just confusing things.)
Posted 29 October 2011 - 10:09 PM
Levi Strauss began to make his fortune using cloth that HAD been used as sails in big ships, which he had cut up and sewn into work-clothes
Those floor cloths are notoriously slippery. I've heard about them many times. The Oakland Ballet revived a lot of Ballets Russes pieces, complete with floorcloths (which were often painted, beautifully, and a part of the decor, but it must have made them even slipperier). Sally Streets, who danced Zobeide and once told me she loved the part, said the floor-cloth for Sheherezade was really treacherous.
Posted 11 November 2011 - 08:35 AM
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