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Gaite Parisienne

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In her review of ABT's recent performance of the Massine, Deborah Jowitt included links to the Victor Jessen film of the Ballet Russe touring production, and to an excerpt of the Hollywood film with Massine as the Peruvian. Since we've been discussing the pros and cons of the current ABT production, I thought it might be cheerful to see something close to the original.

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The recent production sent me scurrying back to the Jessen film--and not only for Danilova and Franklin but also for the costumes (I love the costumes worn by the Billiard players) and the very spirited can-can. There are so many of these "light" ballets I would love to see again-----"Gala Performance", "Dim Lustre", "Judgment of Paris" (all by Tudor) along

with "Massine's "Beau Danube"---but after seeing the current "Gaite" I am afraid to wish.........Let them stay in my memory.......

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