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Bits and Pieces of Balanchine


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#46 pherank

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:24 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.


 

Excellent find, thanks.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:08 PM

O-M-G!!!!! Just when I thought I couldn't love YouTube anymore then I do now...I discovered this!!!

 

La Valse with Tanaquil LeClercq and Nicholas Magallanes

 



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:18 PM

O-M-G!!!!! Just when I thought I couldn't love YouTube anymore then I do now...I discovered this!!!

 

La Valse with Tanaquil LeClercq and Nicholas Magallanes

Yes this is the Jacob's Pillow performance that everyone wonders - Where is the rest of it?!!!

I don't know if you noticed but hidden within this thread is a link to the Mariinsky/Lopatkina performing La Valse. It's not Tanny, but it's still so great to see, and they do a very good job, if not truly great.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:26 PM

Yet another unexpected treasure I just discovered

 

Western Symphony with Diana Adams and Herbert Bliss; Melissa Hayden and Nicholas Magallanes; Allegra Kent and Robert Barnett; Tanaquil LeClercq and Jacques d'Ambroise.

 

It's the entire ballet - ALL FOUR ORIGINAL MOVEMENTS. Better rush to see it before it disappears!!

 

 

 



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:28 PM

 

I don't know if you noticed but hidden within this thread is a link to the Mariinsky/Lopatkina performing La Valse. It's not Tanny, but it's still so great to see, and they do a very good job, if not truly great.

 

Sadly that was it. I'm going to see Lopatkina clip right now. thanks for the heads up!



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

Thank you so much for this.  I had the pleasure of - back in the day- being in partnering classes that were taught by Nicky Magallanes (everyone called him NIcky).  He was a wonderfully kind person and teacher.



#52 pherank

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:34 PM

The Mariinsky performs Jewels -

 

Emeralds
Jeanne Ayupova, Denis Firsov, Daria Sukhorukova, Dmitry
Semionov, Jana Selina, Xenia Ostreykovskaya, Anton Korsakov.

Rubies
Irina Golub, Andrian Fadeyev, Sofia Gumerova.

Diamonds
Uliana Lopatkina, Igor Zelensky.

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=4ytYpPPaihk

 

There is a video of The Bolshoi performing Jewels in 2012 that can be watched online. The cast for that performance:

 

Emeralds
Laktratov, Obraztsova, Tikhomirov

Rubies
Krysanova, Lopatin

Diamonds
Smirnova, Chudin



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:29 PM

The cast of the Mariinsky jewels is interesting... it's recent, but aside from obvious exceptions, where have all those dancers gone in terms of being promising up-and-comers? Casting and promotion there is as mysterious as always.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:54 PM

The cast of the Mariinsky jewels is interesting... it's recent, but aside from obvious exceptions, where have all those dancers gone in terms of being promising up-and-comers? Casting and promotion there is as mysterious as always.

 

I tend to favor the Mariinsky in terms of aesthetics, but having watched the video of the Bolshoi's recent version, I have to say that their Emeralds was impressive and Smirnova and Chuding in Diamonds were both great. I actually found them to be riveting. And I almost enjoyed Rubies this time. But the Russians are for some reason allowed to fudge many steps within Rubies to apparently make it more accessible to both the Russian audience and the Russian dancers. [The Stravinsky Capriccio is also rather soft and rounded sounded as performed by the Bolshoi orchestra, which is in itself depressing: normally playful and jarring, the music has lost its suprises and eccentricities.]

 

I find it really fascinating that the Balanchine Trust will bend over backwards for the Russians, but there is no way that North American companies would be allowed to remake steps and arm movements (and I don't mean just a few) to make a Balanchine ballet more technically feasible and more palatable to an audience in the West. These ballets are something to aspire to, not something to be dumbed down. Why is it that the Jazz/Broadway/Vaudeville inflected steps are deemed 'inconsequential' enough that substitutions can be made? I do feel like these changes suck all the delight and suprise out of Rubies, one of Balanchine's most perfect ballets.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:14 PM

Now *that's* the review that Gia Kourlas ought to write!



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:52 PM

Now *that's* the review that Gia Kourlas ought to write!

 

LOL - Do I sound angry? I didn't really mean to go that far since much of the Jewels performance is definitely worth watching. I do think the Russians are getting better and better at much of Mr. B's choreography. But it doesn't make sense to wholeheartedly endorse their Jewels performances when Rubies really needs a lot of work.

 

Kourlas can be snippy at times, no? But at least Kourlas isn't writing empty praise like this:

 

"The Houston Ballet is known for its elaborate and beautiful productions. Every ticket purchased guarantees a performance filled with masterful dancing, brilliant choreography, remarkable sets, and music. Houston Ballet's much anticipated production of PETER PAN is no exception and nothing short of fantastic. Although many of us are familiar with the tale and have possibly seen it on film or stage, Houston Ballet makes it their own with whimsical choreography by Trey McIntyre and a Dance Company that keeps the audience on The Edge of their seats with every move…"

 

Greatest thing since sliced bread!!!



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 11:33 PM

I am concerned that the obstacles dealing with Unions in the US mean that there are no meaningful DVDs available of Jewels performed by NYCB or a branch on the family tree (PNB, MCB, SFB, etc).    Someday someone might see Rubies as performed by the Bolshoi and think those are the original costumes and the style is the original. 



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:01 AM

I am concerned that the obstacles dealing with Unions in the US mean that there are no meaningful DVDs available of Jewels performed by NYCB or a branch on the family tree (PNB, MCB, SFB, etc).    Someday someone might see Rubies as performed by the Bolshoi and think those are the original costumes and the style is the original. 

 

Good point, Jayne. But it isn't simply the fact that we have "unions", but the way that US laws and regulations are written that has produced a tangle of self interests, and very little ballet media seems to get produced and distributed. The other issue is, of course, money - our regional companies rarely have media budgets that allow for this kind of recording and advertisement, wihle a state owned company such as the Bolshoi gets a great deal of backing (and meddling) from the powers that be.

 

I won't be surprised if the Russians rush to fill the knowledge gap by recording many performances of Balanchine on DVD. They definitely want to re-establish themselves as the be-all and end-all of ballet. If you want to see how anything should be performed - watch the Russian DVDs!



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:03 PM

The Bolshoi is filming a lot of stuff, but it has been slow to reach DVD. Since 2010 they have filmed 15 ballets in HD, but thus far only four have been released commercially, and they're not necessarily the ones I would most like to have. Of the ones still sitting in the vault there are a half dozen I would buy in a heartbeat.

 

The Bolshoi will give Jewels the HD treatment in January. Just as long as they don't give us Svetlana Zakharova in "Diamonds." Oy.

 



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 12:09 PM

Early vintage Stars and Stripes with Hayden and d'Amboise:

 

http://youtu.be/leXASt3CZW0




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