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Alexandra Danilova and Frederic Franklin, Gaité ParisienneRecorded at Jacob's Pillow: July, 1948


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#1 pherank

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:17 PM

Gaité Parisienne at Jacob's Pillow

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You will see they also have a video link to Danilova dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy variation in 1952.



#2 sandik

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

The Jacob's Pillow website has some lovely clips of all kinds of work -- I have to be careful when I'm browsing there or I look up to realize a couple hours have passed.



#3 Michael

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:35 AM

Surprising how little of Massine's work you see performed.   MP



#4 sandik

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:26 AM

The Joffrey has had a number of Massine's ballets in their repertory at one point or another (Robert Joffrey was very important at getting some of them reconstructed) but they aren't always in production and it's so very easy to lose work that isn't being performed.



#5 bart

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:45 AM

Another version with Danilova/Franklin -- taken from a Ballet Russe performance -- can be found here.  (Skip the add unless you want to break the mood.)

 

 

I am hesitant to admit that I am not fond of Danilova in either video.  Franklin, on the other hand, gives everything just the finish I look for to save  this kind of piece from charges of trivia. tiphat.gif



#6 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:52 AM

The whole thing! We must agree to disagree, Bart, I liked her very much! flowers.gif

 

 



#7 Amy Reusch

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:46 PM

I like the above so much better than this Hollywood version (with another stellar cast)... The cinematography is just so manipulated that the dancers start to look incongruent compared with typical movie characters we are used to seeing on such movie settings, and the choreography is interfered with, obscured and sqished into new dimensions... As if the director was just trying a little too hard.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:24 AM

Victor Jenson recorded Gâité Parisienne in 1954 and it is still available on DVD from VAI.



#9 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:34 AM

Just about right, but I think I recall hearing that the video had been recorded in snippets over a ten-year period and the audio recording made about 1954.



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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:16 PM

Just about right, but I think I recall hearing that the video had been recorded in snippets over a ten-year period and the audio recording made about 1954.

 

The visuals are compiled from several years of diligent filming, in small takes (he used a spring-loaded camera that made for short takes), and the audio is from a single performance in the 50s.  It was edited together much more recently (can't get to my copy to check) and is an excellent record of that work and those artists, despite the wonky aspects of its creation.



#11 Paul Parish

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:18 PM

o AMy, I don't agree -- I like the crazy direction of Jean Negulesco, the dance reflected in hte mirror and all that. I think the ballet benefits from the condensation, and I enjoy the way the whole thing feels both trivial and expensive, it suits the music. Mit Schlag!




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