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Balanchine's 1958 Nutcracker.


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#31 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 08:18 PM

I think that's just what I like of her characterization..! "Let's forget about the whole children stuff and get down to ballet business.."  happy.png



#32 kfw

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 09:01 PM

I think that's just what I like of her characterization..! "Let's forget about the whole children stuff and get down to ballet business.."  happy.png

 

Interesting. I don't read her that way, and I think that would be a very inappropriate and thus unlikely attitude for her to have taken, since the children are at the heart of the ballet's story. What canbelto reads as chilly and aloof and forced, I read as 1950's formal and mannered - not unlike, though to my taste much more pleasing than - June Lockhart's manner as hostess and narrator. It may also reflect what Adams described as her difficulty in letting go and relaxing on stage.



#33 Jayne

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 10:02 PM

I thought the camera work was very well done, expansive and panoramic when it needed to be.  I wish modern camera work was so well positioned for ballet. 



#34 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 10:03 PM

I tend to think,though,that this is somewhat because of the live performance situation. you can see stagehands here and there wandering in and out of shots, and I had thought she looked as though she was keeping her eye out for a cue or some such thing.



#35 Helene

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 11:24 PM

Funny, that's the performance that made me pick those twenty years as my time-capsule choice.  Different strokes.



#36 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:23 AM

Oh I like it a lot. But the experience of live ballet on television in a somewhat cramped studio with closeups like that one must have been odd.



#37 Jack Reed

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 05:08 PM

I think Adams had a bit of bad luck this time.  Of these three dances, her tempos sound the most rushed - "Coffee" doesn't sound rushed at all, though I must say Mitchell looks under-utilized - and as Clifford points out, her dance is "shortened for television," besides.  But I'm glad to have what we have here.  Of the handful of Nutcrackers I've seen, I think Mr. B's remains the best.

 

(Yes, the camera-work is better than we can take for granted - the 2011 NYCB PBS Nutcracker demonstrates that.)



#38 Paul Parish

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:16 PM

I thought she [Adams] was wonderful -- very light and fairy-like. the tempi are quick, she can never let her weight go back into the heel, since she's got to flit off right away into the next  thing -- but that's what it's like to be a fairy. And i thought she was gracious throughout.

 

BTW, they were probably dancing on concrete floors.



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 07:14 AM

slightly off or on topic here, i rem. when corresponding w/ Arlene Croce about Adams on film as Myrtha in a truncated, studio-filmed GISELLE, that it was worth seeing, even as the performance in question was given "in a broom closet."




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