Breaking Pointe-- an ongoing discussion.
Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:50 PM
Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:27 AM
Thanks for this -- I didn't get to watch the show last year, for lots of reasons, and this is a lovely catch-up.
I imagine this was hashed out in detail in the BP thread last year, but I was interested in seeing how Sklute presents himself in the studio. I don't know if it was a choice for the television program, or if this is his standard style, but the business suit created a very clear power dynamic. We've been talking a bit about male gaze in the 19th c ballets, but here's an example of it in 2012.
In the second video, I was very interested to see how the change in score (from the original Mozart to the made-to-order stuff) for Petit Mort shifted the way the dynamics of the movement read.
Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:18 PM
I think it is fair to say that Breaking Pointe is not about ballet, but happens to use a ballet company as its context to allow us to see young people dealing with life's various ups and downs. So it's going to be found wanting by balletomanes. The ballet audience isn't likely to hear anything new - except of course young children who are only beginning to be exposed to ballet.
The talk about contracts at Ballet West WAS interesting to me, and I have to think that different companies have different policies regarding contracts. I'd like to hear more about that from people with experiences at say, NYCB, Mariinsky, POB, SFB and PNB just to get an idea of the range of possibilities.
TV is first and foremost about commercials (which is why the amount of actual "story" continues to shrink year after year). If the TV exces could get us to watch solely commercials, say ballet-themed commercials, they would absolutely just do that. Certainly the major network bosses think that way. And most of the real "cinematic" creativity happens in commercials actually, not within TV programs. There are of course small exceptions to the rule - usually happening off in a corner, on some lesser-known cable channel. But generally, not a lot of creativity, or truth, to be had in TV Land.
Posted 28 July 2013 - 01:20 PM
Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:16 PM
Sklute had a board meeting before or after one of those full-suit appearances.
Oh, I had a feeling there was an explanation for that, but the fact that they used that footage, instead of other images, felt very deliberate to me.
Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:56 PM
I'm guessing the shooting time is pretty tight, and that's what he was wearing that day. I was hoping that he really did dress like that all the time, because he looks so good in a suit.
It helped the narrative in the beginning, because no one was going to confuse him with anyone else.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:52 PM
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