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NYCB's April 2014 Kennedy Center-DC season


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:27 AM

We now know that,in addition to the previously-announced Jewels, the KennCen season will include a wonderful mixed bill of the following ballets:

Mixed Repertory
(4/2 & 4/3)
Soirée Musicale (Wheeldon/Barber)
Year of the Rabbit (Peck/Stevens)
Namouna, A Grand Divertissement (Ratmansky/Lalo) One of my fave Ratmanskys - Woohooo!!!!!



Link: http://www.kennedy-c...ts/?event=BOBSD

#2 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 05:55 AM

That mixed bill almost makes up for NYCB bringing Jewels again. Thanks for the news, Natalia!

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:13 AM

That mixed bill almost makes up for NYCB bringing Jewels again. Thanks for the news, Natalia!


You make it sounds bringing Jewels is a disappointment. I, on the other hand, cannot have enough Jewels.

#4 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:27 AM

I don't think I would ever describe bringing Balanchine as a disappointment, but I do wish they would spread the repertory love when they tour. NYCB has brought Jewels to the KC within the past decade. I would much prefer they brought Coppelia (which I don't think has brought in recent history), or even Midsummer.

I travel a fair bit and I try to attend the ballet where ever I can, and Jewels is overstaged right now, IMO. I assume companies like it because it's a full length Balanchine, and it probably sells well. But I've seen NYCB, Miami, RB, POB and the Mariinsky do it, all in the past couple of years, plus Washington Ballet in Rubies .

I do like Jewels (and I wish we would get a GOOD recording of it, from NYCB or Miami), but it is possible to see it too often (especially with mediocre, not-very-Balanchinian interpretations).

#5 mimsyb

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:42 AM

Both "Coppelia" and "Midsummer" require extra children, which may be a reason for not touring it to Kennedy Center. It entails extra rehearsals, $$$, etc. "Jewels" is (for me) like "Nutcracker". Never out of season and always perfection. it's a great opportunity to showcase an entire company also.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

NYCB last brought Jewels to the Kennedy Center in 2004, and brought Midsummer in 2007. I think Sofiane Sylve danced Titania at the performance I saw, but to my great disappointment Sara Mearns, who was scheduled for Hyppolyta, was injured and had to be replaced. I too would love to see Coppelia, which they have not brought, or at least have not brought since they resolved the contract issue with their orchestra and began appearing again.

While I'm glad they feel sure enough of the audience here to bring a mixed bill of contemporary work, I'd prefer to see rare and demanding Balanchine - Ivesiana and Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir, for example. (I can dream). Depending on casting, I may skip the mixed bill and double down on Jewels.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:07 AM

Year of the Rabbit and Namouna are both very strong works.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:34 AM

Year of the Rabbit and Namouna are both very strong works.


So I've read. I'd still prefer to enrich my understanding of Balanchine by seeing rare works, even if in themselves they're not as strong as new contemporary ones.

#9 mussel

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:07 PM

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#10 mira

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:45 PM

Pa Ballet is bringing Balanchine's Coppelia to the Kennedy Center in June I think.



#11 Kathleen O'Connell

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:07 AM

Year of the Rabbit and Namouna are both very strong works.

 

Namouna is absolutely, hands down, by far and away my favorite Ratmansky ballet. It's one of those works I make a point of seeing whenever it comes around. But there's no denying that it's odd. There's a kind of narrative that seems to operate by the rules of dream logic -- you can almost put together a coherent story. The costumes are pointed, but peculiar -- think art deco adventure flick meets Busby Berkley review. And it's all very witty, but very affecting too.  Frankly, I'd take Namouna over Union Jack any day. 

 

The Year of the Rabbit -- especially the way Peck uses the corps -- is well worth a look-see, too.



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:19 AM

... I'd prefer to see rare and demanding Balanchine - Ivesiana and Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir, for example....

 

Remember the old admonition, "Be careful what you wish for!"  

 

Back in the day, Variations Pour une Porte et un Soupir, maybe the most uncompromising of Balanchine's surrealist efforts in my experience, drove the audience out.  Or the rat-a-tat Pierre Henry musique concrete soundtrack, played at volume over the theater PA system, did.  The audience trooped in for it after intermission as usual, but by the end of it, the main floor seats were pretty empty, mainly except for me (and, in the middle of another row not far away, a little girl) the handful of times I sat through it.

 

Shall I describe this rarity a little more?  In my day, it was only performed by its first cast, Karin von Aroldingen and John Clifford.  I don't say "danced," because she was nearly immobilized in the center of the stage by her costume, a very long black cape, the end of which was attached to the proscenium opening, all the way around, like one of the curtains.  Clifford, on the other hand, had all sorts of lively gymnastic moves, many on the floor, directed toward her place but never really engaging her or passing by her.   We decided he was the Sigh, she the Door; she never opened to him, and frankly, the ballet never really opened up to me, either.  But now, writing this so many years later, it occurs to me that maybe that was it!  An impenetrable ballet!  (Aha, Mr. B., you've done it again, although it sure took a while for me this time.)

 

Ivesiana, though, didn't present similar problems for the audience.  Indeed, the central number, "The Unanswered Question" included a familiar theme, a man yearning for a woman.  And there is another reason for presenting it.

 

Edwin Denby wrote of it (in October 1954, reprinted in Nancy Reynolds's Repertory in Review) that 

 

This queerly magnificent music is not in our regular concert repertory, and it is worth going to the ballet just to hear it.  Watching the ballet, however, one hears it as if with a heightened distinctness, hears its characteristic nuances and its grand expressive coherence as the theater images on stage shockingly confront one. 



#13 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:07 PM

Pa Ballet is bringing Balanchine's Coppelia to the Kennedy Center in June I think.

 

They're bringing Balancine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. PAB is doing Coppélia in Philly next week, but I don't think it's Balanchine's version (it just says "after Petipa.")



#14 mira

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:28 PM

thanks Cinnamonswirl.   They are doing the Balanchine version both in Philly and Ottawa.   and, I was mistaken - you're correct - it's Balanchine's Midsummer Night's Dream at the Kennedy Center.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 09:52 PM

apologies - Pa Ballet's Coppelia is not the Balanchine version - they do perform his 3rd act solos though.




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