SFB 2014 season announcement
Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:30 PM
(This is a link to a PDF of the brochure; there doesn't seem to be anything on the website yet.)
Caniparoli: world premiere
Ratmansky: From Foreign Lands
Makarova staging: La Bayadere, Act III (Kingdom of the Shades)
Wheeldon: Cinderella (U.S. premiere)
(Note that this is ‘...back by popular demand!’, which is interesting since it hasn't even been seen here yet. )
Ratmansky: Shostakovich evening length (West Coast premiere)
Co-production with American Ballet Theatre
Tomasson: World premiere
Possokhov: The Rite of Spring
Scarlett: World premiere
Tomasson: The Fifth Season
Lifar: Suite en blanc
Balanchine: Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet
Robbins: Glass Pieces
Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:23 PM
I may have to miss that one this year as I've run out of travel money for the time being (I'm going to travel to see PNB later this year). So I guess I'll get a second chance to see Cinderella. I can't say that I'm blown away by the choices, but I'm sure I'll see Program 8 myself and perhaps 3 or 5. It's always hard to know if the "world premieres" will be worth travelling to. How I miss living in the San Francisco area, when it was easy to go to any of the performances!
Anyone know anything about Ratmansky's "Symphony #9" ballet?
Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:58 AM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:00 AM
Posted 02 April 2013 - 05:44 AM
Note that I've modified the Ratmansky/Shostakovich: Symphony #9 is the first movement only; apparently the full work as yet has no title. Here are some links.
Set to Symphony No. 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich, the ballet, which will have its world premiere on Oct. 18, will be the first of three new one-act ballets by Mr. Ratmansky to Shostakovich. All three will be presented as an evening-length program during the company’s 2013 spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House. The three works will feature scenery by George Tsypin and costumes by Keso Dekker.
A. When I was 13 or 14 I got a stipend as a good student: 30 rubles, a huge amount. I spent it on records, and “Symphony No. 9” was one of the first. Since then I’ve been waiting for the right moment.
Q. What about it appeals to you?
A. It has very danceable pages, just running or sailing with the wind to your face. But it’s full of contrasts, and there’s something underneath the surface. After the political success of Symphonies No. 7 and 8, everyone was expecting Shostakovich to give the triumphal celebration of victory — this was 1945. But he didn’t. There is everything in it: melancholy, romance, grotesque, heroic, banal — very strong contrasting colors.
Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:28 AM
I thought the same.
Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:32 AM
Well, certainly not before SFB performs it next spring. After that, it depends in part on the contract with Ratmansky, and the reception for the work. If it's extremely successful, I can see ABT performing it in So. Cal. after it's "west coast premiere."
Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:38 PM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:29 AM
Posted Today, 01:01 PM
Pherank, from the ABT repertory archive (http://www.abt.org/e...hive/index.html):
Act I, Scene I, Outside Temple in the Sacred Forest: The High Brahmin, priests, and temple dancers are celebrating the Indian Ritual of Fire. Nikiya, the most beautiful of the bayadères, has been chosen to be consecrated the lead temple dancer. The High Brahmin declares his love for Nikiya, but is rejected by her. Nikiya meets secretly with Solor later than evening. They dance together and swear eternal love over the Sacred Fire, but are discovered by the jealous High Brahmin, who vows to kill Solor.
Act I, Scene II, A Room in the Palace: The Rajah has decided to reward Solor’s valor and decrees that the warrior will marry his daughter, Gamzatti. Gamzatti falls in love with Solor’s portrait, and when they meet, he is overwhelmed by her beauty. Even though he has sworn eternal love to Nikiya, he cannot defy the wishes of the Rajah and agrees to marry Gamzatti. The High Brahmin informs the Rajah of Nikiya and Solor’s secret love, hoping that the Rajah will do away with Solor. Instead, the Rajah decides to kill Nikiya. The conversation is overhead by Gamzatti, who summons Nikiya to her rooms and attempts to bribe Nikiya to give up Solor. Refusing, Nikiya frantically attempts to kill Gamzatti. Nikiya flees and Gamzatti swears to destroy her.
Act I, Scene III, The Garden of the Palace: At the betrothal of Solor and Gamzatti, Nikiya is commanded to dance. Gamzatti presents her with a basket of flowers which Nikiya believes to be from Solor, and which conceals a deadly snake. Nikiya is bitten, and when Solor leaves with Gamzatti, she refuses the proffered antidote and dies.
Act II, The Tent of Solor: Solor, grief stricken and under the influence of opium, dreams of being reunited with Nikiya in the Kingdom of the Shades. Awakening, he realizes that he must prepare to marry Gamzatti.
Act III, The Temple: The vision of Nikiya remains with Solor as the wedding ceremony begins at the Sacred Temple. As Solor and Gamzatti say their vows and are blessed by the High Brahmin, the vengeance of the gods is unleashed, and the temple and all the celebrants are destroyed. Nikiya and Solor are once again united in eternal love.
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