Miami City Ballet Performances in ParisNew finds on the Daily Motion site
Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:30 PM
Square Dance - http://www.dailymoti...d-2011_creation
Theme and Variations - http://www.dailymoti...t-2011_creation
In the Night - http://www.dailymoti...t-2011_creation
Posted 05 December 2011 - 05:20 PM
So far, I have only had the time to watch Ballet Imperial. Despite the tinny sound and fuzzy photography on this amateur video, the performance is thrilling.
A couple of thoughts:
-- Confirms my belief that "big" Balanchine takes on a new life when seen from above and at a slight angle. For example -- those fast, constantly-changing, surprising formations in the allegro portion of the first movement. I've never been able to register them so clearly. The white costumes and tights, transformed into silhouettes against the grey-blue floor enhance the effect.
-- Shot like this, Ballet Imperial is a textbook example of Balanchine's admonition to "see the music/ hear the dance." It should be required viewing for aspiring choreographers.
-- Film technique: I really like Balanchine in a single long shot, without zooming, cutting, and shifting angles. (We've been talking about camera work on the MCB Dance in America thread.) Can't wait to see Square Dance as captured by this same audience member (and hopefully at the same height and angle).
-- I was struck by how MUCH the corps dances -- and how difficult the corps choreography is. Especially given the super-fast tempos chosen by the conductor for the 3rd movement. I don't recall ever seeing/hearing such a high-energy, high-speed Ballet Imperial, even when I last saw MCB dance it live 3 years ago.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:27 AM
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