What do you REALLY think about Benno?
Posted 23 June 2001 - 07:35 PM
Some companies still keep a character named Benno, but have him dance in the pas de trois. (WRONG. Benno is a seconde danseur noble and does not dance. The male role in the pas de trois is classique.)
And, of course, some companies junk him altogether and replace him with a Jester. (Not the place to bash Jesters; he'll get his own thread later.)
Who is Benno? Why was he there? Is there any way for him to be brought into the 21st century, or will he fade off into the mists?
Posted 23 June 2001 - 09:01 PM
Posted 24 June 2001 - 01:27 AM
Several writers have pointed out that Benno's presence in the pas de trois is a structural parallel with the "black swan" pas de trois -- where Von Rothbart once had a major role. More of what Petipa's ballets used to look like, when they all looked slightly different.
Posted 24 June 2001 - 07:17 AM
Posted 27 June 2001 - 06:01 AM
Posted 27 June 2001 - 08:23 AM
I think I remember seeing or reading that in the original Swan Lake, the hunters partnered the swans during the second act. (Presumably dropped in the early English productions because of lack of men.) Having real men, in real shoes--not the fake ballet boots--contrasted with the swans in point shoes would make them look more magical, I should think. It certianly worked in the Kirov new/old Sleeping Beauty, when Desiree was wondering around the vision scene in heeled boots.
Posted 27 June 2001 - 09:56 AM
Posted 27 June 2001 - 11:23 AM
Doug, I can't remember huntsmen in Balanchine's, but I may just not be remembering correctly. New Yorkers who see it regularly will know (I just didn't want to ignore your question )
Posted 27 June 2001 - 11:28 AM
Posted 30 June 2001 - 12:50 PM
As for who Benno is: Siegfried's best friend? assigned companion (spy for the QM)? just another high-born guy who's grown up around the palace? My secret theory is that Siegfried and Benno are "friends" in the intimate sense of the word, and that's why Siegfried is so dismayed at being told he has to get married - or else Benno is his partner in extra-curricular escapades outside the palace walls, and Siegfried doesn't want to give up his freedom. :rolleyes:
Posted 30 June 2001 - 03:55 PM
In my own 'harmless modifications' production, Benno would be Siegfried's younger brother - the extrovert one, who does all the things that Siegfried (introverted, serious, conscious of his future responsibilities) doesn't dare.
Posted 30 June 2001 - 05:35 PM
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