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#16 Jayne

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:50 PM

"Selections from Apollo"


Thank you Pherank for posting this. This "all star cast" is a good example of the variations of dance training:

Zhanna Ayupova of the Mariinsky / Vaganova
Patricia Barker of Pacific Northwest Ballet / "old school" 1950's / 1960's Balanchine
Isabella Guerin of Paris Opera Ballet / POB School
Nilas Martin of NYCB / RDB School

One of the things I notice is the deliberation in the movements of Ms Ayupova, the quicksilver lightness of Ms Barker and the full bodied grace of Ms Guerin. I don't necessarily think Mr. Martin is the best example of Bournonville or 1980's Balanchine style. Then again, the role calls for some sort of roughness at the start, as Apollo grows over time. Anyway, I felt dissatisfied watching him.

I'm trying to put into words how the Balanchine style looks different, and I think when it really works, the dancers look as if they are low flying starlings.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

Yes. The Muses are good in this. The Apollo is quite another matter. UGH.
Have sent you a private message with a bit more detail, Jayne...

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:43 PM


Yes. The Muses are good in this. The Apollo is quite another matter. UGH.
Have sent you a private message with a bit more detail, Jayne...


LOL! Anyone seeking a 'palette cleanse' after the Martin/Apollo version, might want to watch this (also you get to see the original prologue of the ballet):



And if anyone knows who is dancing the roles of the handmaidens, it would be great to know.



Also, here we have the only longish clips I've ever found of Concerto Barocco:

http://www.dailymoti...on#.UUOFFBmNSrI

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

Most foks have probably seen this, as it's the only officilaly released version of Theme and Variations, but I will include it here:


(Kirkland and Baryshnikov with ABT)

I posted these links elsewhere, but they are great videos, and in the interest of consolidation, now appear in this thread:
[Amateur video from the Théâtre du Châtelet, July of 2011]

Theme & Variations (MCB)


Square Dance (MCB)


Ballet Imperial (MCB)


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 04:37 PM

Serenade (POB - not complete, of course)
"avec Ludmila Pagliero, Mélanie Hurel, Mathilde Froustey et Pierre-Arthur Raveau"
11/10/2012

http://www.youtube.c...oEs71RyFkKDBqHo

CNB dances Serenade



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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:32 PM

And if anyone knows who is dancing the roles of the handmaidens, it would be great to know.

Jilliana - Calliope
Francia Russell - Polyhymnia (she had red hair back then)

I'm really enjoying these links, hope they don't disappear too quickly!

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:57 PM


And if anyone knows who is dancing the roles of the handmaidens, it would be great to know.


Jilliana - Calliope
Francia Russell - Polyhymnia (she had red hair back then)

I'm really enjoying these links, hope they don't disappear too quickly!


Actually I meant only the 'handmaidens' that appear with Apollo in the Prologue (with the long tresses), not the Muses. I haven't found anyone to identify them.


And now, here are excerpts from La Source


Tchaikovsky Suite No.3


Rubies clip - NYCB I believe


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

Linking to these videos makes me think (for some reason) of The George Balanchine Trust, about which, there are plenty of angry words online. But I thought I would quote from the following which gives a nice description of what the Balanchine Foundation/Trust do:

"Whenever people ask me--as the frequently do--what is the difference between The George Balanchine Foundation and The George Balanchine Trust, I have the answer ready: The Trust, which licenses Balanchine ballets for performance, makes money; the Foundation spends money."
--Nancy Reynolds


If a company wants to dance a Balanchine ballet, it goes to the Trust and makes the request. The Trust determines if the company is able to handle a particular work, if it has the dancers to perform it, and if it has the wherewithal to produce it and also to pay for live music. Although the Trust realizes that many companies have had to cut back on orchestras, it discourages the use of recorded music, just as it draws the line at sets and costumes that stray too far from the original.'

Balanchine’s spirit presides over the Trust. In keeping with his generosity, it licenses ballets without charge to all kinds of educational institutions, including colleges and universities, and keeps fees appropriate to the companies that ask to license a ballet. Ballets disappear if they are not danced, and more companies are dancing Balanchine ballets today than in 1983, the year the choreographer died." This is a tribute to the Trust and to its belief that dancers, companies, and audiences should have access to Balanchine’s choreography.


--Lynn Garafola


Both from "Balanchine, Celebrating a Life in Dance" - Photographs by Costas

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:13 PM

George Gershwin: "Who Cares?"


Another view of Heather Watts, Jock Soto in "Embraceable You" - the video transfer is a bit better here.


Walpurgisnacht Ballet
BAE Student Company


Balanchine's Musical Theater Choreography


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Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

And more film dance clips...

Vera Zorina, William Dollar -- A Balanchine PDD from 'The Goldwyn Follies' (1938)


Vera Zorina (and Eddie Albert!) in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue


Vera Zorina and Charles Laskey -- Pas de Deux (George Balanchine, 1936)
[Wait for the still images to pass - there is live action]


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:35 PM

Now THIS is something: Mozartiana (Theme, Variations, and Pas) with Suzanne Farrell and Ib Anderson



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:32 PM

La Scala at Bolshoi - A Midsummer Night's Dream


Walpurgisnacht Ballet


Union Jack


George Balanchine - Stars and Stripes


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:40 PM

Theme and Variations Pas De Deux with Darci Kistler


Mariinsky performing La Valse (How great is that?!!)



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:57 PM

Edward Villella talks about Bugaku


Edward Villella and Allegra Kent discuss Bugaku


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:56 AM

Igor Stravinsky: "Scherzo à la Russe"


Liebeslieder Waltzer (Jillana and Conrad Ludlow - 2 mins 21 sec shown)


Sylvia Pas de Deux



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