Lichine's "Graduation Ball. Miami, Ballet Etudes
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:02 AM
Graduation Day looks good too. What is the actual story? Is it normally a full-length ballet or a short one?
Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:55 AM
"[font=sans-serif][size=3]The ballet, in one act, is set in a fashionable Viennese finishing school for girls during the 1840s. The headmistress has invited the cadets of the city's military academy to attend a ball celebrating the graduation of the senior class. The senior and junior girls have planned a series of [/size][/font]divertissements[font=sans-serif][size=3] as the evening's entertainment and are greatly excited by the event. Flirtations, exuberant dances, and a secret romance ensue.'[/size][/font]
[font=sans-serif][size=3]I had the pleasure of performing it in two company's and staging it for a ballet school. A wonderful experience on all levels! [/size][/font]
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:57 PM
Once again I admit my complete envy to you for having been able to see al those stars that I have so much read and admired-(if in a platonic way).. (So Alonso was in the classical PDD...? THAT I didn't know...(I knew she had danced the ballet, but never knew which role...!)
I cannot resist commenting on the first 'Graduation Ball' I saw by Ballet Theatre---Lichine and Riabouchinska were the leading couple with a delightful Rosella Hightower as the pig-tailed girl and John Kriza as a droll sexy Drummer Boy,Alonso in the classical PDD and Marjorie Tallchief and Margaret Banks in the fouette competition .....it must have made quite an impression as I have not forgotten it or the cast all these years....
Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:42 PM
Graduation Ball was a staple of the touring Ballet Russe companies, and then of the small, regional ensembles those dancers founded around the US, but it's fallen out of favor in most settings -- it's good to know that it's still being performed.
I remember it as a staple of the (now defunct) National Ballet of Washington, which, name notwithstanding, falls into this category as it was founded and directed by Frederic Franklin (later joined by Ben Stevenson). I remember enjoying the ballet a lot--and have a few images in my head, though my memories are not very concrete...I'm pretty sure I saw Christine Knoblauch (later O'Neill) dance in it and, probably in the role of the drummer boy, Kirk Peterson?? (Those programs long since tossed...) Glad the ballet is still being danced--quite a tribute to its craft and -- however dated -- charm...
Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:09 AM
Sometimes I wonder what will happen with the Cuban repertoire once Alonso is no longer there...
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