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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:47 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 11:38 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:45 AM
Looking forward to hearing from you. Can you tell us here about some of the highlights of what you've seen so far? I mean, a little bit of the " who, what, where, and when" of what you value most?
Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:56 AM
If your user name has to do with Dolin's choreo, then you got me..!
Posted 09 December 2012 - 01:01 PM
I have learned the most from watching Balanchine's ballets over a period of many years at New York City Ballet. At first I thought ABT was the ideal, with beautifully produced story ballets and emotionally wrenching performances.
I was at first dismayed by NYC Ballet's stripped down aesthetic, the lack of scenery, the bare bones costumes. This isn't ballet! I thought. But I continued to attend NYC Ballet (maybe it was less expensive than ABT?) and as with any genius, George Balanchine convinced me of his way. I came to love not just The Four Temperaments, but the music of Hindemith. I came to Apollo and learned the sounds of Stravinsky, unknown to me before. So Balanchine opened for me not just a world of movement, but a world of music. And with the music of Tchaikovsky, Balanchine did not invariably do the expected - the frou frou I had seen before - instead he introduced me to the beautiful severity of Serenade, and its mysteries.
Balanchine is the sum and substance of my love of ballet. He is the Petipa of our age. I revere his genius. I admire Robbins' talent. I delight in Wheeldon's better ballets. But I always come back to Balanchine, his mastery of a wide range of styles, his revelations of movement and combinations, his inability to repeat himself. Many have done "homage" to Balanchine, or tried to imitate him. Balanchine did not imitate anyone else, not even himself.
I still thrill to the first notes of Apollo, I sink back in relief as I hear the introductory measures of Serenade, I know all is well in a world where I can escape - to Balanchine.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:58 AM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:46 PM
And I understand what you mean about the ballets giving you the music. Some of the music Mr. B choreographed was unknown to me until I saw the ballets. My first listening of Bizet's Symphony was when I first saw Symphony in C performed! As for the ballets themselves, I adore Apollo, Concerto Barocco, Four Temperaments, Midsummer Night's Dream, Scotch Symphony and so many others, but I think the Balanchine ballet that is closest to my heart is Symphony in C. Such a masterpiece and a great homage to the grand Russian Imperial balletic tradition. This winter I will see Allegro Brillante again after many years - so wonderful!
I look forward to your posts and discussions about Mr. B.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:17 PM
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