A. Adams "Fugue des Willis"...?
Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:46 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:57 PM
Thanks a lot, carbro, for the info. I got interested after reading a picture caption in Octavio Roca's book "Cuban ballet". The photograph shows Alicia Alonso, Royes Fernandez and Mary Skeaping, and the caption reads:
"Alicia Alonso and Royes Fernandez with Mary Skeaping backstage in Havana. Skeaping, who was in the National Ballet faculty, was reponsible for Alonso adding the long-lost fugue to Act II of her Giselle in the 60's"
Posted 17 March 2012 - 05:38 AM
Just checked with Robert Grescovic's Ballet 101. He refers to Hilarian's fatal confrontation with the willis "Entree d'Hilarion, Scene et Fugue des Wilis." However, in the video being described -- Makarova and Baryshnikov, ABT, 1977 -- this music does not appear in the scene of Hilarion's fatal confrontation with the willis. .
Does anyone know who composed the music? Or what steps and action are danced to it?
Posted 17 March 2012 - 05:56 AM
Who wrote the music?
just as carbro, the music sounds to me as an interpolation, but the clip I posted claims it to be by Adam... In any case, what I know is that the Skeaping/Karsavina Cuban staging was later on substituted for the Sergueiev-for-Markova-Dolin/Sppessivtzeva version. I think it was a shame that she got rid of this rare fragment. Also, I wonder if Skeaping also staged in Cuba the other long lost Giselle/Loys Minkus interpolated PDD for ballerina Maria Gorshenkova, Act I that was only danced during the Imperial era. If anything, it looks to me as if both fragments, the fugue and the PDD, never made it to Stepanov...
Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:44 AM
I believe it's on one or more recordings of the full Adam score (perhaps on the Zhuritis(sp?) releases) and not nec. noted to be an interpolation. (Hartford Ballet's version of GISELLE, for another, staged by Kirk Peterson included this fugue.)
The interpolated pas de deux is another item included on some older recordings, of which some are still only available on vinyl, but there, if mem. serves, it's clearly noted to be a later addition.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:22 AM
"[Skeaping]-also included the controversial fugue in Act II - she regarded the narrative during the fugue as central to the ballet’s conflict between the supernatural and the religious. At this point in the ballet, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, sends wave after wave of wilis (a species of vampire women who died having been jilted by faithless lovers) to lure Albrecht from the safety of the cross on Giselle's grave."
Miguel Cabrera's 1998 book "Ballet Nacional de Cuba; Medio siglo de gloria-(CNB; Half century of glory)- has pictures of Skeaping rehearsing Alonso's company in her productions of both Swan Lake and Giselle in the mid 50's.
Posted 14 August 2012 - 05:59 PM
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