EDWARD GOREY, BALLETOMANEAuthor writing Gorey biography seeks your Gorey stories
Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:58 AM
Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:07 AM
[font=georgia,serif][size=5]See posts #61-#63 in "Remembering Patricia McBride." If you want to delve deeper, see Gorey's remarks on the subject in the ballet-related interviews, especially Tobi Tobias's for Dance magazine (I believe it's Dance) in Ascending Peculiarity, a collection of interviews with Gorey.[/size][/font]
Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:47 PM
For those who don't have access to Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey, here the the answer to AlbanyGirl's question as regards to "favorite ballerina." The year is 1974.
... currently, Patty McBride is surely the greatest dancer in the world. Of course, my favorite dancer of all times is Diana Adams. ... If I had to name the single greatest performance I ever saw, I'd say sit was Diana rehearsing Swan Lake. She had no make-up on and a ratty old whtatever dancers rehearse in, and she was chewing gum, and she walked through half of it, but it suddenly had all the qualities ...She was the kind of person who could extend herself on stage; her dancing made evereyone else's look great..
Allegra Kent's Sugar Plum Fairy moved Gorey to tears on at least one occasion.
Gorey loved Farrell ... at first ...
She has this incredible kind of fragility and an uncanny ability to make the choreography meaningful. But she doesn't always work the way she should, I am afraid.
A lot of people agreed with him on all these points.
And then she developed that repertoire of mannerisms. Of course, technically she could do anything, but she was often extraordinarily opaque about getting the meaning of the choreograph across. Too bad she's off in Bejart, doing her penches into eternity. You know, I've always believed that the dancers who came off luckiest with Balanchine were the ones he was not totally obsessed with.
Gorey claims to have watched the Balanchine Swan Lake (Act II and IV) over a hundred times. I can believe it. Swan Lake was performed very, very frequently.. My second-favorite cartoon in The Lavender Leotard shows two children looking at those long lists convering an entire NYCB season. "There are twenty-seven Swan Lakes this season, but only twenty-one Firebirds." Very true, for certain years.
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Any one else remember???
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