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Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - Natalia Makarova honored


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#31 Jack Reed

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:13 AM

According to this Washington Post article reviewing last night's festivities at the KC, the Makarova tribute portion included excerpts from Giselle and Romeo & Juliet. Hopefully, all of it will be shown on TV.


Me too, and I think that's likely. In 2005, if that's any guide, it was some of the remarks spoken in tribute to the honorees that got cut. For example, Maria Tallchief came out on Arthur Mitchell's arm and delivered what sounded like well-prepared remarks in appreciation of Suzanne Farrell's career; and then she apparently ad-libbed fulsome praise for the dancing we had just seen Farrell's dancers do. None of that got into the broadcast; and some of Jacques d'Amboise's interjections and asides that made his remarks so much fun were cut, too. But the dancing was included almost complete, except for a couple of quick cuts away for "reaction shots" of Farrell, and the documentary was, too.

#32 aurora

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:31 AM


Does anyone know if this is live streaming this year? I think it has in the past, and I know parts of segments have been cut for the CBS broadcast.


Live streaming is a new one on me, which may prove nothing except that I'm ignorant. Where would we see that?

But I think the show runs about two hours in the theater, not counting a twenty-minute intermission (I'm relying on memories of the 2005 Honors, which I attended) so they have plenty of material for the TV program. When I had edited the commercials out of my off-air recording of that, I had exactly 90 minutes left, to the second.


Apparently the kennedy center does live streams of some events on their website, but this was not one of them (I checked yesterday evening)

#33 Dale

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:49 AM

I remember the year Maria Tallchief was honored, Sylvia Pas de Deux was performed with Margaret Tracey and Angel Corella. People who attended said the whole piece was performed but on TV we only really saw the coda. So, I do not have faith that the ballet portion will be shown in full. It often gets sniped while "more popular" fare runs complete.

#34 sandik

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

I can understand making a 'greatest hits' version for the telecast, but it would be nice if the Kennedy Center posted the uncut version of the evening on their website, after the show was broadcast so that there was no overlap.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

I could have sworn that I watched at least part of last year's Kennedy Center Honors live by streaming video. I do know, for certain, though, that several songs from the Barbara Cook tribute last year were cut from the CBS broadcast. Let me add my voice to the chorus wishing that the entire Makarova tribute will be available, somewhere, for us to enjoy.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:06 PM

the following is taken from a Kennedy Center press release about the recent KC Honors ceremony with regard to Makarova:
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Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer and 1999 Kennedy Center Honoree Judith Jamison, the Artistic Director for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, paid tribute to the Russian-born, Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated prima ballerina Natalia Makarova, who performed with Jamison in the American Ballet Theatre. Jamison began, “‘I responded to destiny.’ That’s what Natalia Makarova said in London just before her 30th birthday. She was touring with Russia’s fabulous Kirov Ballet. She knew she needed new choreography to fulfill her promise as a dancer, so she made the brave decision to make a new life in the West, wondering how she would survive without her home and her language. On that day, Natalia Makarova started a journey that would introduce her to America, where she would thrill audiences and enhance and enrich the American Ballet Theatre. Banners would hang from the balconies of the Metropolitan Opera House saying, ‘We Love You Natalia.’ As a colleague and a great admirer, I’m so delighted that we honor her tonight.”

Jamison continued, “Natalia is a rare story of life coming full circle. Twenty years after she made her painful decision to leave her native land, she returned to a changing Leningrad and to her beloved Kirov Theater, where she had studied and had become a star. There, at the Kirov, she gave her farewell performance, dancing on the stage where it had all begun for her – then taking curtain calls to thunderous cheers and cascades of flowers. Natalia, your passion and your artistry are loved around the world. On behalf of dancers everywhere, I salute you!” Jamison then introduced a beautiful dance tribute to Makarova, beginning with young dancer Grace Ann Pierce, from the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, dancing to the Chopin Prelude in A Major, Op. 28 No. 7. This was followed by New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck, performing to Waltz, Op. 64, No. 3. Then, Royal Ballet of London principal dancer Alina Cojocaru and Angel Corella, the Artistic Director and principal dancer of the Barcelona Ballet, presented a pas de deux from the ballet “Giselle.” Then, American Ballet Theatre principal dancers David Hallberg and Julie Kent continued the tribute with a moving rendition of the balcony pas de deux from the ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” Finally, the dancing concluded with an awe-inspiring rendition of “Black Swan,” performed by American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Marcelo Gomes and Veronika Part.
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#37 Jack Reed

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

Apparently the kennedy center does live streams of some events on their website, but this was not one of them (I checked yesterday evening)


The free, daily Millennium Stage performances are usually streamed live, and most of these are then archived on their website. Maybe that's what you're thinking of, but that's all I've heard of.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

I'm SO looking forward to viewing this long over-due tribute to Makarova. She has my sincere congratulations, warm wishes, and gratitude for all she has given. I am also glad for the posts and reports viewable here because I'm rather pessimistic regarding the commercial networks in the US, and have visions of an hour-long tribute to Led Zeppelin and 5 seconds of ballet. Please notify us somehow how we may view the pertinent sections if the worst happens.

Is there anyone at CBS (producers or editors) we can lobby to keep the ballet segments and make cuts elsewhere?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:41 AM

In the past, each honoree gets about the same exposure on the TV show, IIRC; the only show I ever attended in the theater, the 2005 one including Suzanne Farrell, was about that way there too, although the tone of the different segments was different in the theater: Some honorees got a genuine "roast" from an old friend or two onstage, and these got toned down or "sanitized" some for the broadcast; but with Farrell, there was very little fooling around. She was treated with warm, (ebullient, in the case of her old partner) respect from the stage by Jacques d'Amboise, Maria Tallchief and Arthur Mitchell.

There's no other way to see the material as far as I know. I assume what gets cut out of the broadcast may lie in storage somewhere, and I have a hunch it's late in the game to influence the editing now. I think that gets done soon after the event, possibly with the exception of putting in the commercials - there's usually about two sponsors, I think, upmarket automobiles and pharmaceuticals, which may provide a clue as to who CBS thinks watches this show - and then CBS holds it until a day when most people aren't watching TV much, so that they're not losing much ad income by putting it on.

That said, I should add these last thoughts are not based on good inside information or anything - don't I wish! - but just on a few clues I think I've picked up over the years about the dearth of broadcasts with "cultural" content in America. (I'd like to see some good journalism on the general question of what determines what gets broadcast and how and when.)

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:10 AM

CBS has posted video clips from previous years of the Broadcast:
http://www.cbs.com/s...r_honors/video/

Perhaps they will be more adventurous this time around and include the full broadcast and more (with ads, of course, but that's okay). That seems to be the trend on other networks, such as Comedy Central and TNT. If not, we can certainly send e-mail urging them to do that! They've got the footage and may as well make the most of it on-line.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:28 PM

Thanks for the link -- there seems to be something about Tharp

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

Trying to be optimistic here, but I've lately noticed CBS offers The Late Show - the episode with Makarova on it, anyway - without ads. Looking at some of the other links to complete shows, they generally indicate 43 minutes' running time - that's a television "hour" without the commercial content, which is now a third of the time. (I suppose I'm revealing my age by considering this fact even worth mentioning.)

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:06 AM

I am very excited. I was a bit worried when I heard that the show, as a whole, would be choreographed by Rob Ashford--who I think has done some good things, but in the past has done a bad job at the Honours, as if everything he did was a hommage to Michael Bennett's Hullabaloo days (such as the men in this otherwise--music wise--great would be great Barbara Cook hommage )

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

A blog post by Sara Mearns in "Dance Magazine":

My Moment with Makarova

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

Just finish watching the broadcast. Marvelous...simply wonderful. Obviously there was some editing when it came to the dancing but it wasn't so distracting in which you couldn't enjoy the beauty as well as the obvious joy the dancers had at honoring Natalia. A beautiful tribute to a great artist!!


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