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#16 Amy Reusch

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 09:35 PM

Graduation Ball.

#17 pherank

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:09 PM

Filling Station... Doesn't get done much lately but is full of humor...
Ratmansky's Nutcracker...

Filling Station - great suggestion (and available on the Jacques d'Amboise DVD). I recall reading that the little joke at the end (when the apparently dead woman is carried off the stage, but "wakes up" and waves to the audience, revealing that she was only "dead drunk") was Balanchine's suggestion to Lew Christensen - an actual death would have been too dour.



#18 Amy Reusch

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:13 PM

Leigh Witchel's Elevator was tremendous fun too...

#19 Helene

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:50 PM

Here's the Pacific Northwest Ballet trailer for "Variations Serieuses"

 

 

and another rehearsal video where the dancers try to keep a straight face:

 



#20 sandik

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 10:54 PM

Oh, fun!  And nice to see Sarah Orza in there as well...



#21 Alymer

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:20 AM

On the subject of Ashton, his Facade has a good many laughs in it, and a now forgotten piece, The Creatures of Prometheus, has a hysterically funny Napoleon, complete with ragged army.  But with Ashton it's essential that the dancers play the roles straight and don't respond to the laughs otherwise the jokes don't work.  And has anyone seen Bejart's Le Concours about a murder at a dance competition complete with detective in a trench coat (originally Jorge Donn) and Ballet Mother?



#22 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 03:09 AM

I saw this many years ago at a gala performance:

 

http://youtu.be/W-reVhZM78w

 

btw can someone tell me why I can't seem to figure out how to post videos properly anymore? I think it's changed?????



#23 sandik

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 11:30 AM

And has anyone seen Bejart's Le Concours about a murder at a dance competition complete with detective in a trench coat (originally Jorge Donn) and Ballet Mother?

 

Alas, only photos -- would love to know more.



#24 pherank

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

I saw this many years ago at a gala performance:

 

http://youtu.be/W-reVhZM78w

 

btw can someone tell me why I can't seem to figure out how to post videos properly anymore? I think it's changed?????

 

Your link works - and it's a rather clever piece. A fun take on the pitfalls/pratfalls of partnering.

 

If you want the image of the video to appear in your post, don't use the link button above, just type the URL this way in your post and the video will embed in your message when you Post or Save Changes:

 

[ url ]PASTE YOUR URL HERE[ /url ]

 

But don't use the spaces after/before the brackets as I have done above (that was necessary to keep the forum from recognizing my typing as a video link). It used to work using the "media" bracket code too: [ media ][ /media ]  But I don't think that works anymore.



#25 Helene

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:36 PM

All you have to do is cut-and-paste the URL.  Sometimes the video is embedded, and sometimes it shows up as a link.  As long as the link is live, whoever clicks will be redirected to YouTube.



#26 kbarber

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:53 AM

Ashton's The Dream is very funny. Puck... the lovers... Bottom as the Donkey...

MacMillan's Elite Syncopations has the comic "tall/short" pas de deux, and his Manon has a drunken solo and pas de deux for Lescaut and his mistress.



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:57 AM

Also Eric Gauthier's Ballet 101:



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:00 AM

David Bintley's Cyrano has some very funny bits in it. Unfortunately not avaiable on video.



#29 JMcN

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:04 AM

David Bintley's Cyrano has some very funny bits in it. Unfortunately not avaiable on video.

 

I so wish it was available on video.  One of the most tear-jerking ballets (as well as very funny) that I can think of!

 

How about David Bintley's Hobson's Choice - lots of humour throughout.

 

Or David Nixon's A Midsummer Night's Eve

 

Or Elite Syncopations?



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:22 AM

 

David Bintley's Cyrano has some very funny bits in it. Unfortunately not avaiable on video.

 

I so wish it was available on video.  One of the most tear-jerking ballets (as well as very funny) that I can think of!

 

How about David Bintley's Hobson's Choice - lots of humour throughout.

 

Or David Nixon's A Midsummer Night's Eve

 

Or Elite Syncopations?

 

 

How I wish there were a video of Robert Parker as Cyrano. A fantastic ballet in my opinion. Makes you laugh, makes you cry, sometimes both at once. I hope BRB brings it back into rep soon.




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