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Suzanne Farrell Ballet season preview & webcast 23rd October 2013(Now Archived)


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#1 Jack Reed

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:42 AM

The Kennedy Center has a free show on a small stage at either end of the Grand Foyer, along the west side of the building, every day at 6:00 PM, and most of these are webcast and most of the webcasts are archived on the Center's web site.   

 

 

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet is scheduled there on the 23rd, probably performing excerpts from their upcoming season at the Center, running November 6-10.  

 

Technologically, they're amateur productions, done on a shoestring from the looks of it, not in an impressive studio, but sometimes very skillful nevertheless.  And the dancing on the tiny stage can look held in, so these really are in the manner of a preview of the real thing, to come later in the Eisenhower Theater.  But even so, for this old Balanchine addict, they're rewarding to see:  Some of the most authentic, human Balanchine to be seen today.

 

(Getting the beginning of the live show can be tricky - something about refreshing the web page just when it begins - so if you're up for that, you might want to practice an evening before.  I hope it will be archived, but as the list on the page linked above shows, not all of them are.)



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:07 AM

(Getting the beginning of the live show can be tricky - something about refreshing the web page just when it begins - so if you're up for that, you might want to practice an evening before.  I hope it will be archived, but as the list on the page linked above shows, not all of them are.)

 

Thanks for the heads up, Jack - I do remember enjoying the broadcast I watched last season. Be a part of history!  ;)

 

And for anyone not used to the Kennedy Center website, the website functionality is fairly primitive too (note that JavaScript needs to be enabled in the viewing browser), so it is often necessary to reload the page a few times to catch site of the video link which gets added at the last moment. If no link is displayed at first - don't panic! But at the appointed hour, start refreshing the page until you see the link. And if the video feed drops it may be necessary to refresh the page again to give things a kick. These days, it is de rigueur to use a technology like AJAX on a video website that allows for instant updates to portions of a web page without having to have the entire page reloaded - thus making your experience truly interactive. And if I just made your eyes glaze over, I apologize.



#3 Jack Reed

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:14 PM

Nothing like a little good dancing to cure glazed eyes!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:54 PM

I believe the broadcast is about to begin.

 

Try either this page:

http://www.kennedy-c...ams/millennium/

 

Or this one:

http://www.kennedy-c...1&source_type=B



#5 Helene

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:16 PM

Natalia Magnicaballi just led the first movement of "Mozartiana," and it was followed by the third movement for four women.

 

Just announced are selections from the first movement and the pas de deux from the third movement of "Episodes."



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:34 PM

Next was Terpsichore's solo, Apollo's solo, and the pas de deux from "Apollo."  Magnacaballi danced with Michael Cook, I think.

 

"Agon" is being announced now.  Excerpt from second pas de trois.  Women's solo through the end.  Kenna Draxton? Edited to Add:  oops, no, she's not with SFB this season.  Heather Ogden?

 

Last up:  "Pas de Dix" excerpt. The ending, with Magnicaballi and Cook.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:49 PM

OK, well that was fun. I've never seen any of Episodes live before (and it's been near the top of my list of things to see), so I appreciate what was shown. And Pas de Dix I am unfamiliar with.

 

I think they could have called this preview the "Magnacaballi Workout". She was a busy woman.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:53 PM

I know I'm supposed to love "Agon" the best of the black-and-white ballets, like I'm supposed to love Enrico Caruso, but I love "Episodes" best of all, and I can't see it enough. 

 

I hope Ib Andersen can get "Mozartiana" someday for Ballet Arizona, and I'd love to see "Pas de Dix" as well.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:03 PM

I know I'm supposed to love "Agon" the best of the black-and-white ballets, like I'm supposed to love Enrico Caruso, but I love "Episodes" best of all, and I can't see it enough. 

 

I hope Ib Andersen can get "Mozartiana" someday for Ballet Arizona, and I'd love to see "Pas de Dix" as well.

 

I don''t think you have to feel bad about what you like.  ;) 

I tend to favor the "4 T's" myself, but as I mentioned, I haven't seen all of Episodes, so I would love to give that one a try as well.

 

Agon, imo, is a very solid piece of art, in which the visuals and the music are wonderfully, organically unified. But so is the Mona Lisa (organically unified), but that wouldn't be my favorite painting to stare at. And I'm pretty sure I couldn't come up with just one single item to top the list.

 

The fun thing about this kind of "preview" program is the diversity of the items. I just wish it could have gone on for a full hour, or more.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:10 PM

This experience makes me wonder (again): Why can't SF Ballet do live streaming broadcasts of their performances, that are accessed by people who pay in advance for an online "ticket" (and use name/pass access)?

Or any company for that matter - why not do a live stream of the performance and charge for access? At say, $15 a ticket, they could get a few hundred people (I'm sure) to participate and make some money, and gain exposure.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:27 PM

Next was Terpsichore's solo, Apollo's solo, and the pas de deux from "Apollo."  Magnacaballi danced with Michael Cook, I think.

 

"Agon" is being announced now.  Excerpt from second pas de trois.  Women's solo through the end.  Kenna Draxton? Edited to Add:  oops, no, she's not with SFB this season.  Heather Ogden?

 

Last up:  "Pas de Dix" excerpt. The ending, with Magnicaballi and Cook.

 

"Apollo" was indeed danced by Michael Cook, but Heather Ogden was not in what we saw of Agon.  



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:14 PM

Who was the woman in "Agon"?



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 04:48 PM

Who was the woman in "Agon"?

 

Regarding the pas de trios woman, I'm stuck.  There's a company list on the Kennedy-Center web site, but it may not be quite up to date.  At any rate, her distinctive face doesn't seem to be there.  Nor do I see her on the Sarasota Ballet site (Farrell had a fine dancer from there in her New York season). 

 

The video of the preview is up, already.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:06 PM

Valerie Tellmann, Ian Grosh and Kirk Henning in Agon.  She is on leave from Richmond Ballet.  Violeta Angelova is also on leave this season.  

In Pas de Dix Natalia Magnicaballi and Michael Cook,  Amy Brandt with Jesse Campbell,  Alison Basford with Ian Grosh,  Miriam Ernest with Oliveer Swan-Jackson,  Katie Gibson with Ted Seymour.  

 

A few weeks ago I participated in the class taught by Amy Brandt with Glenn Sales as accompanist.  Pianist Glenn  will be on stage for Duo Concertant in November.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 05:09 PM

Apollo was Natalia Magnicaballi with Michael Cook.  A few weeks earlier at the DC Velocity Dance festival Heather Ogden danced with Kirk Henning in Apollo.




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