NYCB Spring 2013Programming
Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:58 PM
Advice for Winter Season worked well.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:34 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:46 AM
If you haven't seen Ivesiana, i'd recommend that. the company isn't doing it next season and I think haven't for several years; its different from most of the Balanchine rep.
Is it true that Ivesiana is now down to three movements (Central Park, Unanswered Q and In the Inn)? That's compared to four movements (above-cited 3 + In the Night) since the mid-70s....and six movements (Halloween and Pavements, in addition to CP, UQ, Inn and Dark) when it was created.
Better catch it now before it dwindles to two movements.
Posted 29 April 2013 - 02:18 PM
I'm not a Martins fan, and he's programmed a number of his own works this spring. If you catch one of the Calcium Light Night / Barber Violin Concerto / Fearful Symmetries programs, you'll have seen most of his better works in one go and will have done your duty by him.
The new Wheeldon will come around again next year, but it looks as if Peck's newish "In Creases" won't. It's been programmed with "Concerto DSCH," "Sonatas and Interludes," and "Stars and Stripes," which wouldn't be a bad way to spend an evening, IMO, but isn't something you'd move heaven and earth to see. (I remember liking Tanner's "Sonatas and Interludes," which is set to one of my favorite John Cage compositions.)
Posted 29 April 2013 - 03:29 PM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 04:18 PM
My friend went to see Mearns' final performance of that role for that season and reported back that he agreed with me. It is among the more memorable performances I've seen in some 38-39 years of regular ballet attendance.
I'm an unapologetic Balanchine partisan. The single best program of the season, in my opinion? June 9 (closing -- it appears to be the only time these are presented as a program this season):
- Stravinsky Violin Concerto
- Western Symphony.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 03:44 AM
no, it's not true that the current version is further cut.
this staging ends, as it did in Balanchine's last revival, with "In the Night" - this remains a 4-part work, revised etc. by Balanchine, down from the original 6-part work, which the choreographer tinkered with to include alternatives to the sections finally dropped altogether.
thus the now "standard" order:
CENTRAL PARK IN THE DARK
THE UNANSWERED QUESTION
IN THE INN
IN THE NIGHT
(the eliminated sections include HALLOWE'EN, ARGUMENTS, and BARN DANCE)
Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:37 AM
"Ivesiana...choreographed to a series of orchestral pieces by Ives, this intensely theatrical ballet presents three scenes, each contrasting starkly from one another in mood..." (my underline)
Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:01 AM
or else the copywriter thought "In the Night" an epilogue, or some such, as opposed to an actual "scene" - i'm only joking here, really, that copy was clearly "off" with regard to the ballet it was meant to describe. you're not the only one who wondered before the season if IVESIANA had been further truncated.
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