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#31 JMcN

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 07:34 AM

Me too Katherine!  After a couple of performances in the first run, when we had become familiar with the score, we realised that the sad music had the same motifs as the music in some of the happier and funnier parts as a result of which we started crying earlier every performance!



#32 sandik

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:08 AM

Also Eric Gauthier's Ballet 101:

I don't think he made the final sequences using chance procedures, but I wonder what it would have looked like if he did.  One of my early teachers used to say that almost any two ballet steps could be combined using plie.



#33 lmspear

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

Cakewalk by Ruthanna Boris and Lichine's Helen of Troy

#34 sandik

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

I only know Helen of Troy from the pictures, but I've seen Cakewalk many times.  Alas, I don't think anyone has it in a current repertory, and I'm not sure who could teach it.



#35 lmspear

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 03:57 PM

That was my experience exactly. I also know Ashton's Wedding Bouquet only from pictures.

#36 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 04:03 PM

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Title: The Royal Ballet in A wedding bouquet
at rehearsal
[videorecording]

 

Publisher:[1969?]
Country of Producing Entity:England
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (NTSC) (35 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
 
 
 
 
 
Notes: British Film Institute catalog record lists the performance year as 1969. The New York Public Library information lists the performance year as 1970
British Film Institute's Film & TV database lists the title as: The Royal Ballet in rehearsal: A wedding bouquet
Credits:Photography by Film Service of Edmée Wood.
Performers:Narrator, Robert Helpmann.
Monica Mason (Webster) ; Laura Connor, Suzanna Raymond (two peasant girls) ; Donald Kirkpatrick, Frank Freeman (two peasant boys) ; Deanne Bergsma (Josephine) ; David Drew (Paul) ; Kenneth Mason (John) ; Vyvyan Lorrayne (Violet) ; Brian Shaw (Ernest) ; Rosalind Eyre (Therese) ; Ann Jenner (Julia) ; Alexander Grant (bridegroom) ; Lesley Collier (Pépé) ; Leslie Edwards (Arthur) ; Michael Coleman (guy) ; Vergie Derman, Ria Peri, Betty Kavanagh, Darryl Jaffray (four guests) ; Ronald Plaisted, Christopher Newton (two gendarmes) ; Jennifer Penney (bride) ; Ann Howard, Avril Bergen (bridesmaids).
Event:Filmed in rehearsal with costumes in 1969 or 1970


#37 bart

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:15 AM

I saw this many years ago at a gala performance:
 
http://youtu.be/W-reVhZM78w
 

Brilliant!  tiphat.gif    A great example of the pretzel-bending school of choreography.  So many of these moves are still with us in new choreography.  Especially the lifts and balances that are awkward to get out of.  Love the promenade in which Esquival is obliged to place his palm on the top of the ballerina's head as she turns.

#38 sandik

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:59 AM

That was my experience exactly. I also know Ashton's Wedding Bouquet only from pictures.

 

The Joffrey used to have this in their touring repertory -- I saw it with David Vaughn as the narrator.



#39 duffster

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:57 PM

Souvenirs by Todd Bolender had some very funny characters.




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