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Bits and Pieces of Balanchine

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Thank you, vipa. Is Richard Thomas (Sr) still alive? When you look at the still image of Pas de Dix - Part 2, Sobotka & O'Brien are the third couple to the left - or the second couple to your right - depending upon how you view it. She is wearing glittering earrings. Sobotka also does a solo at the end of Pas de Dix - Part 1; she is the soloist on the right.

And I believe we see Ruth Sobotka as Apollo's mother, Leto, in the d'Amboise version of Apollo on DVD. She was Stanley Kubrick's second wife.

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Beautifully lit too!

Yes, they do a generally good job here, although the dancers on the sides still tend to disappear in the closeups. Looks like the NYCB is putting up more and more of these longer excerpt videos. Good for them! But I would still love to see this as part of a DVD series with dances like:

Kammermusik No. 2

"Requiring great energy, speed, and precision, the striking choreography for Kammermusik No. 2 echoes the intricacies of its modernist score with jagged lines and stylized gestures."

http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/k/kammermusik-no-2.aspx

Episodes

"Perhaps the most avant-garde of Balanchine's "black and white" ballets, this work uses Webern's edgy tones as the basis for a series of four arresting neoclassical interludes."

http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/e/episodes.aspx

Duo Concertant

"This lively dance for a couple, set to onstage piano and violin accompaniment, ends with a poignant play on light and shadow."

http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/d/duo-concertant.aspx

and Bugaku

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Excerpt videos are not available for all the ballets in the repertoire. Here are a few more that I found:

Mozartiana (two new NYCB excerpt videos near top of page)

"The prayerful opening of Mozartiana will touch your spirit, while the upbeat theme and variations that follows is pure exhilarating elegance."

https://www.nycballet.com/ballets/m/mozartiana.aspx

Orpheus

"An iconic Balanchine work that was part of NYCB’s inaugural performance in 1948, this highly-stylized, narrative ballet depicts Orpheus’ journey to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld."

http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/o/orpheus.aspx

La Sonnambula

"Deceit, desire, and death shadow La Sonnambula's aristocratic masked ball, entertaining with its fanciful divertissements and haunting with the image of a somber sleepwalker and the tragedy following in her wake."

http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/s/la-sonnambula.aspx

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Since you wrote in email that posts disappear after a short while, Inwas trying to test this systematically.

Since there's no indication that other video links are disappearing from other threads, it's possble that there is a system parameter that is deleting the posts, but that is not the system paradigm, which fornother similar errors -- example: attempting to post more links per thread than we allow -- prevents the post from being accepted and displays an error message.

I was going to suggest that you start Part 2 of this thread.

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Since you wrote in email that posts disappear after a short while, Inwas trying to test this systematically.

Since there's no indication that other video links are disappearing from other threads, it's possble that there is a system parameter that is deleting the posts, but that is not the system paradigm, which fornother similar errors -- example: attempting to post more links per thread than we allow -- prevents the post from being accepted and displays an error message.

I was going to suggest that you start Part 2 of this thread.

Hi Helene, my wording may have been misleading - it *may* be more accurate to say that the updates disappeared overnight. Mme. Hermine's post was dated this morning at 4:10am on my email, but I have no idea if that is Eastern/Central/Pacific time. I posted the last 2 evenings, and then the next morning they were gone.

Does the server run some sort of "cron job" in the wee hours of the morning?

This is the first time I've run into this issue, so perhaps, it will just hiccup and go back to normal. ;)

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The posts were removed because the thread is essentially a big spotlight for the Balanchine Trust to find the videos. I'm going to close this thread now, and while it was great to find the clips in one place, it is no longer feasible to post Balanchine videos here.

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