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New York City Ballet in Montreal, vols. 1-4Orpheus, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Agon, Apollo, Unicorn, Coppelia,


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#76 pherank

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 10:33 PM

I’m especially pleased, after having seen all the George Platte Lynes photos, to finally see Magallenes and Moncion in moving pictures. They do not disappoint!

The dancer who blew me away, though, was Patricia Wilde:  what a dynamic dancer she was!

 

 

Patricia Wilde stood out for me as well - what a force of nature! Serenade is well danced throughout, but Wilde exudes confidence and skill - she has the movements down cold, and yet she still looks thrilled to perform them.

 

Adams dances with more "concern" if that makes sense. She may have been Balanchine's most favorite muse of all, but she was not emotionally up to the task, if you believe her own comments and those of fellow dancers. Too emotionally frail for the role of 'Muse to Balanchine'.



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:58 AM

Vol. 3 will be released July 1, 2014, with excerpts from Swan Lake and Coppelia

 

http://www.amazon.co...let in montreal



#78 sandik

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:54 PM

Thanks for the heads-up!



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:57 PM

Thanks for the heads-up!

 

Yes, thanks. I still haven't seen the L'Clerq documentary, though I have a copy on order. Is the Coppelia pas in the documentary?



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:58 PM

I don't remember it in the film, though it's been a couple months since I saw it.



#81 Jack Reed

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 07:47 PM

 

... I still haven't seen the L'Clerq documentary, though I have a copy on order. Is the Coppelia pas in the documentary?

 

 

There's about a half minute of it, at about an hour and seventeen minutes into the documentary, among some more dance clips following the sections about polio and her later life; the glimpses of her dancing are not quite all in the first half of the film.  

 

What we get of it there is the beginning of the adagio; she wakes up as a life-size doll in a toy shop window (to the "Dawn" music on the VAI DVD, although we can't hear that music in the documentary, we continue to hear Debussy's "Faun" and  Barbara Horgan) and then she and Andre Eglevsky (as Franz) begin to dance.   



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:21 AM

Try netflix!

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:06 AM

Thanks, sandik, Jack and macnellie. My copy of the DVD has come. And speaking of the VAI "New York City Ballet in Montreal" series, Joeb Lobenthal, on his blog, reports that Volume 4 is "a humdinger as well!"



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:07 AM

I was disappointed that Vol. 3 included a work by John Butler, The Unicorn... The work sets my teeth on edge; it never seemed to end. I thought André Eglevsky was sublime in Coppélia!

 

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 04:19 PM

... I thought André Eglevsky was sublime in Coppélia!

 

Not implying any reservations about his partner?

 

I found Menotti's music fluent but trashy decades ago, and so I was also disappointed that that Butler ballet was included, maybe instead of something else.  I haven't even made myself watch that part yet, because I'm having too much fun watching LeClercq (and Eglevsky!) dancing a new Balanchine ballet (new, in 2014?! amazing!). I think it's well worth the price of the disk. 

 

I mean, a dance new to me, of course, but to many others too:  Consulting some of the usual suspects among the cataloguers, I can't find it; the nearest possible reference to it may be a vague one in the Balanchine Foundation catalog:

 

266[PAS DE DEUX] Made for Television

 

 

ChoreographyBy George Balanchine.

 

Note: In the late 1940s or early 1950s, Balanchine choreographed a pas de deux for Tanaquil Le Clercq and Nicholas Magallanes, telecast by CBC Television, Montreal. The ballet had elements of the Coppélia story.

 

Some of what we have here matches this, some of it doesn't.  The date of the broadcast, given as May 13, 1954, is barely within the range of Reynolds' catalog entry.  

 

As the announcer says to us

 

 

...  The celebrated choreographer, director of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, has choreographed especially for The CBC Concert Hour a short ballet inspired by the two principal characters in Coppelia, Swanilda and Franz:

 

On stage, a toy shop.  In the window, a beautiful doll.  It's night.  A young man, Franz, passes the window, sees the doll and falls in love with her.  He breaks in and kisses her.  She comes to life.

 

We have great pleasure now in presenting Tanaquil LeClercq and Andre Eglevsky in this new ballet, based on Coppelia, by George Balanchine. 

 

So it doesn't seem to be an excerpt, but a new pas de deux, including the gist of the central story of the full-length ballet, in eight and a half minutes.  (Using music from Acts II and III, I think.  Can anyone nail the musical details?)


Edited by Jack Reed, 30 July 2014 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

 

I was disappointed that Vol. 3 included a work by John Butler, The Unicorn... The work sets my teeth on edge; it never seemed to end. I thought André Eglevsky was sublime in Coppélia!

 

 

 

Yes, too bad there wasn't footage of Loring's Billy the Kid, or an Antony Tudor ballet, if they're going to add something 'historic' and non-Balanchine.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:45 PM

Those ballets were broadcast in Montreal?  I'd be glad to see the list.    



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:57 PM

Those ballets were broadcast in Montreal?  I'd be glad to see the list.    

Probably not - I was just day dreaming.  ;)

 

I recall reading a listing of the various CBS broadcasts of ballet, but I've forgotten where I found that. The NYCB website mentions things like, "Balanchine's new version of La Valse appears on television, in CBS' first commercial color telecast". And "Balanchine stages a special television version of The Nutcracker for CBS-TV's Playhouse 90 in which he performs the role of Herr Drosselmeyer." But whether any of these tapes survived is unclear. I get the feeling that only the Montreal performances were preserved.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:16 PM

The list was earlier in this thread. Here it is. These are the CBC, not the CBS releases.

A partial list of NYCB performances on CBC/Radio Canada, compiled from the NYPL Dance Research Collection and from memory. 
 
Unreleased, excluding programming already mentioned in vols 1 + 2 above
(Except where listed, all films are B&W)
 
1. Four Temperaments: Carol Sumner, William Weslow, Marnee Morris, Earle Sieveling, Suki Schorer and Ramon Segarra (Theme); Richard Rapp with Kay Mazzo and Bettijane Sills (Phlegmatic); Patricia Wilde and Anthony Blum (Sanguinic); Arthur Mitchell (Melancholic); Patricia Neary (Choleric)
 
2. Ivesiana: Sara Leland and Francisco Moncion (Central Park after dark); Patricia Neary and Arthur Mitchell (At the inn); ensemble (In the night)
 
3. Concerto Barocco: Farrell/Morris/Ludlow
 
4. Apollo: Morris/von Aroldingen/Farrell/Martins
 
5. Liebeslieder Walzer: Singers: Claire Grenon-Masella, Marcelle Monette, René Lacourse and Claude Letourneau. Dancers: Diana Adams and Bill Carter, Jillana and Conrad Ludlow, Patricia McBride and Jonathan Watts, Violette Verdy and Nicholas Magallanes.
 
6. Stravinsky at 80 program: (ballet relevant excerpts only)

  • Agon pdd: Patricia McBride and Arthur Mitchell
  • Speech by George Balanchine / discussion of the relationship of music and dance ; introduction to the following excerpts from Apollo (Apollon musagète).
  • Apollo's variation, pas de deux of Apollo and Terpsichore: Jacques d'Amboise and Melissa Hayden 
  • Symphonie de psaumes (Symphony of psalms): Patricia McBride and Arthur Mitchell
  • Speech by George Balanchine / discussion of the relationship of music and dance ; introduction to the following excerpts from Apollo (Apollon musagète)
7. Symphony no. 8 in B flat minor, "Unfinished" / composed by Franz Schubert.
  • Pas de deux: Melissa Hayden and Edward Villella
8. Glinkaiana, Divertimento brillante: Patricia McBride and Edward Villella.
 
9. Le New York City Ballet: Une école, un style, une compagnie, un repertoire (color)
  • Tarantella. Patricia McBride and John Clifford.
  • Movements for piano and orchestra: Kay Mazzo and Anthony Blum.
  • Who cares? Patricia McBride, Marnee Morris, Karin von Aroldingen, Jean Pierre Bonnefous
10. Chaconne, 1977 (Color): Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Renée Estopinal, Elise Flagg, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Heather Watts, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Jay Jolley, and members of the New York City Ballet.
 
Stuff already released: 
 
1. Still Point pdd: d'Amboise/Hayden (color)
 
2. Afternoon of a Faun: d'Amboise/Le Clercq 
 
3. Les Sylphides pdd: Tallchief/Fernandez
 
4. Scenes from Act II of Swan Lake: Tallchief/Eglevsky
 
5. Pas de dix: Tallchief/Eglevsky
 
6. Apollo: Jillana/Russell/Adams/d'Amboise
 
(Will amend this list as I refine my keywords and take other people's suggestions :) )


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

Thanks for the reminder Dale.   ;)

 

Has anyone heard what VAI's Volume 4 of the series will contain?




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