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#31 pherank

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:56 AM

Davidsbündlertänze (Watts and Martins - 1 min 39 sec shown)


Donizetti Variations Pas de Deux


Donizetti Variations Pas de Deux with Guillermo Gonzales y Giovanna Martinatt


Donizetti Variations - Giovanna Martinatt variation


#32 pherank

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 01:08 PM

I know I've dumped a great deal of video on everyone. And I've been recovering from the shock of being able to watch La Valse and Palais (albeit in fuzzy, low resolution).

I'm wondering what people feel about the approach to the La Valse death scene - Lopatkina begins by showing her shock/revulsion to her image in the death mirror, but quickly acquiesces and puts on the remaining black items in what seemed to me a perfunctory manner - very little ceremony or drama to the act. I always thought there was more ceremony, and nuance, to the original 1950s version. Though I did like her final collapse, and the (always) shocking 'dead weight' aspect of her limp body contrasting dramatically with the whirling corps dancers. "Dancing on the edge of a volcano..."

#33 Amy Reusch

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:12 PM

Thank you so much for that Liebeslieder!

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 06:23 PM

Thank you so much for that Liebeslieder!


You're welcome - I only wish we could find the entire performance somewhere! That is a segment from the Balanchine "American Masters" documentary.

#35 Jayne

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 07:12 PM

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

https://www.youtube....d&v=I3LYZvUgNdo

spectacular, indeed!

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 09:28 PM

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

https://www.youtube....d&v=I3LYZvUgNdo


[size=4]And here's another piece, from Jesus Pastor – in which the[/size] gigue is turned inside out – a kind of executive summary of Mozartiana, and of late Balanchine.

It begins at 2:14, but worth wading through R&J before that.

https://www.youtube....h?v=mDsT4Y_ttZM

#37 Jack Reed

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

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

https://www.youtube....d&v=I3LYZvUgNdo


Oh my, oh my, oh my! The real thing! A drop-everything-and-look-what's-on-the-Internet moment! Oh, yes, pherank thank you, thank you! Good thread, lots of fun here, but, yes, THIS is something!

#38 pherank

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 04:59 PM

I feel somewhat defeated in finding anything much for The Four Temperaments (though it is available on the Choreography by Balanchine DVD)...

Maria Tallchief and Mary Ellen Moylan talking about, among other things, The 4 T's:


SF Ballet teaser for The 4 T's


Marjorie Spohn and Stephen Caras in the first theme of George Balanchine's "The Four Temperaments" (1946)


MaggioDanza in The Four Temperaments (about 3 and half minutes worth)


#39 pherank

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:34 PM

I rather enjoyed this glimpse of Nutcracker without all the stage trappings:

BAE Students dancing Waltz of the Flowers and Pas de Deux


BAE students dancing Serenade


And a segment from the Stravinsky Violin Concerto Pas De Deux with Karen Von Aroldingen and Bart Cook


Janie Taylor and her amazing hair talking about Violin Concerto (hair doesn't talk though)

[You also get to see her preparing pointe shoes in her own special way]



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:51 PM

NYCB, Western Symphony (complete) filmed in France in the last week of Tanaquil Le Clercq's career:

http://www.ina.fr/vi...hony-video.html

And the color film of Jacques and Tanny that appears in the Balanchine documentary:



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Posted 28 April 2013 - 11:01 PM

This is a really wonderful slideshow of images concerning George Balanchine's "Cotillon":

Cotillon footage from the Balanchine documentary:


I suspect that the Cotillon black and white footage from the Ballet Russes documentary contains footage of Balanchine as one of the principles, but I haven't found a video of that online yet...



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:59 PM

PNB's Concerto Barocco excerpt (that's all we ever get for this ballet)


#43 Jayne

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:48 AM

Here is a contemplative piece about PNB's Diamonds from 2013 (Carla Korbes & Karel Cruz):



And for comparison, here is a snippet from NYCB (Sara Mearns), the music is played very fast, but not particularly well.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 10:47 AM

Jayne, thanks so much for the pair of links -- since we've just seen a lot of Diamonds here in Seattle, the work has been on my mind. I love the performances I saw over the last couple of weeks, but Mearns performance is lovely indeed, and I think that tempo really suits what she's doing with the part (or she's found something in that tempo?)

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:19 AM

For my money this is the definitive - at least on video - performance of Balanchine's Sylvia Pas de Deux.

Martine Van Hamel and Patrick Bissell is simply marvelous. They perform it with such confident authority and easy grace you would have thought Balanchine himself had created the pas de deux especially for them. Pure brilliance.

http://youtu.be/EwB1jWcK5Ek


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