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#16 California

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:55 AM

 

Wasn't it on television a few years ago -- in a Dance in America program I think.

 

Martins staged it for Pennsylvania and Milwaukee Ballets on Dance in America in 1972. From the NY Times Blog, it sounds like this is a first for NYCB, though.

 

http://www.tvguide.c...pisodeid=597075



#17 Natalia

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 09:54 AM

And this just in   from the NY Times:

 

http://artsbeat.blog...nsky/?ref=dance#

 

 

Has anyone seen Martins' Sylphide?

 

Thanks for the link. Ratmansky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition' (or whatever the eventual title) will afford a nice, non-official salute to the choreographer's native Ukraine ('Gates of Kiev' segment, for ex.).

 

I remember that PBS telecast of Martins' Sylphide, back in '85/86 timeframe. If memory serves, it was quite traditional - nothing odd, as in Schaufus' bersion for ENB, for example.



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:00 AM

 

I remember that PBS telecast of Martins' Sylphide, back in '85/86 timeframe. If memory serves, it was quite traditional - nothing odd, as in Schaufus' bersion for ENB, for example.

 

That must have been a rebroadcast. The TV guide listing dates it at 1972. Nobody had even heard of Betamax or VCRs then (that came about 5 years later), so (presumably) no bootlegged YouTubes. And I can't find a DVD (or resale VHS) for sale on Amazon. He had only joined NYCB a few years earlier at that point. It would be interesting to compare his 1972 version with his NYCB version, but that might not be possible. I wonder if there is an archival tape at the Dance Collection at NYPL.

http://www.tvguide.c...pisodeid=597075



#19 Natalia

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:03 AM

 

 

I remember that PBS telecast of Martins' Sylphide, back in '85/86 timeframe. If memory serves, it was quite traditional - nothing odd, as in Schaufus' bersion for ENB, for example.

 

That must have been a rebroadcast. The TV guide listing dates it at 1972. Nobody had even heard of Betamax or VCRs then (that came about 5 years later), so (presumably) no bootlegged YouTubes. And I can't find a DVD (or resale VHS) for sale on Amazon. He had only joined NYCB a few years earlier at that point. It would be interesting to compare his 1972 version with his NYCB version, but that might not be possible. I wonder if there is an archival tape at the Dance Collection at NYPL.

http://www.tvguide.c...pisodeid=597075

 

No it was not, sorry. I watched it live. When I get home to my collection, I'll pull it up and give you date, casts, etc. Martins had just created this very recently (same season as telecast) and was interviewed during one of the intermissions.

 

Martins did not begin to choreograph until late 70s...Calcium Light Night, I think.

 

EDITED to add: The 1985 PBS telecast starred Melissa Podcasy & Marin Boieru. Staging credited to Peter Martins 'after August Bournonville.'


Edited by Natalia, 07 May 2014 - 01:00 PM.


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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:21 AM

NYPL does have a 1985 catalog listing for a live performance by Pennsylvania Ballet. No mention of broadcast, but that might have happened. It looks like access is restricted, though, so comparing this with the new staging won't be possible (without permission). It just says Martins "staged" it. I wonder if that's all he'll do for NYCB, or if he'll make his own adaptations after all these years.

 

http://nypl.biblioco...sylvania_ballet



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:04 AM

Pennsylvania Ballet's YouTube channel has a clip from a 2009 performance. They credit Bournonville, but not Martins' staging.

 



#22 Amy Reusch

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:17 PM

I don't understand why he is putting it on NYCB. It seems so far from their style, even with their long history of Danish men. Will they do Giselle in 2015/16?

I do wish, however, that he might set it on SAB some year. Not that it is a work best for students but because it would be interesting for them to explore it.

Any word on why?

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:07 PM

The broadcast was in 1989 -- the 1972 date was the inauguration of the Dance in America series.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 03:20 AM

The broadcast was in 1989 -- the 1972 date was the inauguration of the Dance in America series.

Thanks for the correction. I misread the date on the TV Guide site. 



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 05:43 AM

I found and watched my copy of the 1985 'Pennsylvania and Milwaukee Ballets' La Sylphide, as seen on PBS 'Great Performances - Dance in America.' Just a one-hour show - about 28 minutes for each of the two acts, with short intro to each act by Martins, standing on the staircase of the Philadeplphia Acad. of Music.  During the intros, he noted that "...there is nothing by me here. I just staged the basics by Bournonville, as I remember from having danced this in Denmark....I wanted to keep it pure."

 

partial credits/casting:

 

Chor. by August Bournonville

Staged by Peter Martins with assistance of Solveig Ostergard

TV direction by Merrill Brockway

 

Sylph - Melissa Podcasy (long & ultra-lean torso & ribbon-like arms; Martins makes her appear almost as a ghost...not red-blooded, playful like Lis Jeppesen and other RDB Sylphs I've seen - among current NYCB principal ladies, definitely a Rebecca Krohn or Tess Reichlen part)

 

James - Marin Boieru (what an amazing jumper he was!)

Gurn - Jeff Gribler

Effie - Lisa Sundstrom

Madge - Edward Myers (ultra-malicious...not a half-joker as in some productions)

James' mother - Roxana Olesyuk

1 solo sylph, A2 - Janey McGeary

3 solo sylphs, A2 - Dede Barfield, Patricia Dean and Mary Legere

I counted 14 corps sylphs...the Reel in A1 included some kids, in addition to the adults.

 

Despite the short length, this version includes a couple of extended mime scenes of A2 that are often cut in modern productions:

 

- when, at the start of A2, Madge & 4 witches "cook up" the poisoned scarf that Madge will give to James (to capture the Sylph)

- the arrival of Gurn, Effie and their group, searching for James in the forest...during which Madge hints to Gurn that he should propose to Effie on the spot (which he does); many productions skip this scene and only show the final entry of the Gurn-Effie wedding party.

 

Alas, this version does NOT include another extended mime scene that is usually cut, even in Denmark: when, after floating down from the big window in A1, the Sylph recounts a story of how she used to watch the child James venture into the forest.  [I've seen this bit of mime 'live' only in Copenhagen, during a demonstration-lecture when I attended the 2005 Bournonville Fest.]

 

At the very end of the credits, date of 1985 cited but it could have been re-shown in 1989. I know that I did not record it in 1989 because I was living abroad that entire year.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 08:04 AM

"Madge - Edward Myers (ultra-malicious...not a half-joker as in some productions)"

 

I remember him -- spooky indeed!



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 08:13 AM

 

At the very end of the credits, date of 1985 cited but it could have been re-shown in 1989. I know that I did not record it in 1989 because I was living abroad that entire year.

 

Well, 1989 is the date given in the NYPL listing for the video

 

"Imprint:   New York, N.Y. : WNET, c1989.

 

Videotaped in performance at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia. Telecast on WNET/13, New York, in the Dance in America series."

 

It could be that they've got the date they recorded it off broadcast, but there's no other date given in the entry for the video.   The company website has some lovely photos of a current cast (with Julie Diana), but no performance history.
 



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 08:42 AM

There's an article here that gives the date of the filming as September 1988.



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 02:03 PM

Any word on why?

 

Hopefully not as an excuse to commission yet another production design from Per Kirkeby ... 



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Posted 08 May 2014 - 05:09 PM

I would have trouble tracking down a source after all these years, but when Stanley Williams was asked to stage Bournonville Divertissements for NYCB, Balanchine said some things about the similarities in technique between Bournonville and Balanchine. Didn't Balanchine work for them early in his career? And, of course, he hired Martins, because he would fit in so well with Balanchine's technique (among other things). So, given the year-long nationality theme in programming, an evening from Denmark seems like an interesting idea and La Sylphide is  a nice fit with the BD. (Of course, the other "nationality" programs seem based on the country of the composer, so even this is a bit of a stretch.)

 

Given that the staging Martins did in the 1980s is supposedly faithful to Bournonville, the question now is whether that's all he'll do for NYCB or modify it with his own thinking, as he has done with other classics. And I do wonder who the rehearsal master/mistress/stager for the BD will be.




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