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#16 SandyMcKean

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 05:46 PM

......Laura and Karel were coached by Suzanne Farrell in Diamonds


I wonder what Suzanne, or anyone else in the room, thought about Laura and Karel's height?? I'm pretty sure that they are the tallest male and female dancer in the entire PNB company.....and that's in a company known for its "tallness"! (I know Laura is; The only one who might be taller than Karel is Joshua Grant).



#17 Helene

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:14 PM

PNB published some photos of the Jacques d'Amboise coaching session to it's Facebook Page:

 

https://www.facebook...152420931428952

 

Edited to add:  Peter Boal mentioned that he's headed to Mount Rainier to go hiking and camping.



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:24 PM

I'm posting the press release in three parts.  First, a celebration

 

With the opening of Jewels, Pacific Northwest Ballet kicks off a year-long celebration marking the 25th Anniversary of PNB’s renowned orchestra. Four programs during the 2014-15 season will feature specially-selected orchestral preludes selected by music director/principal conductor Emil de Cou. “Pacific Northwest Ballet’s orchestra has long been superior…and in Emil de Cou it probably has America’s finest ballet conductor.” (The New York Times)


PROGRAM NOTES
Orchestra Prelude (to Jewels)
Music:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Finale from “Tema con variazioni,” Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G, Op. 55

Running Time: Five minutes



#19 Helene

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:33 PM

Part two:
 

September 26 & 27, October 2, 3, & 4 at 7:30pm
September 27 at 2:00pm
October 5 at 1:00pm

“[An] affirmation of Balanchine’s genius.” – The New York Times

SEATTLE, WA - Pacific Northwest Ballet sweeps onstage and into a spectacular new season arrayed in emerald green, ruby red, and luminous white. A triple-treat for both eyes and ears, the trio of gems in George Balanchine’s Jewels™  pay tribute to golden ages of music and dance: Emeralds’ graceful clouds of tulle whisper French fashion and fragrance; Rubies’ jazzy, sassy merger with Stravinsky mirrors the carefree candor of America; and Diamonds’ glittering splendor recalls the great choreographer’s heritage, so that “if the entire Imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence” (Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp). Jewels runs from September 26 through October 5 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.  Tickets and more information are available through the Pacific Northwest Ballet Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, 206.441.2424, or online at PNB.org.

George Balanchine’s Jewels
Music: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Elyse Borne


Emeralds: Fauré (from Pelléas et Melisande, 1898, and Shylock, 1889)
Rubies: Stravinsky (Capriccio for piano and orchestra, 1929)
Diamonds: Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 3 in D major, Op. 29, 1975, first movement omitted)

 
Running Time: Emeralds: 31 minutes; Rubies: 22 minutes; Diamonds: 31 minutes

At its New York City Ballet premiere in 1967, Jewels was touted as the first “plotless full-length ballet.”  The story goes that Balanchine was inspired to create the ballet after a visit to the New York jeweler Claude Arpels of Van Cleef and Arpels.  While each of its three ballets may not follow any definitive narrative, like real gems themselves, each can be viewed in multiple ways and from a variety of angles.  The great American dance critic, Arlene Croce, described Jewels as “unsurpassed as a Balanchine primer, incorporating in a single evening every important article of faith to which this choreographer subscribed and a burst of heresy, too.”  Balanchine himself, in his typical noncommittal way, stated, “Of course, I have always liked jewels; after all, I am an Oriental, from Georgia in the Caucasus.  I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones, and it was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska’s direction, came so close to the quality of real stones (which were, of course, too heavy for the dancers to wear!).”

Emeralds is a romantic evocation of France, the birthplace of classical ballet. It is also Balanchine’s comment of the French school of dancing and its rich heritage. With a score by Gabriel Fauré and dancers dressed in Romantic-length tutus, Emeralds can also be a window on the nostalgia inherent in much late 19th-century art, with its idealized view of the Middle Ages, chivalry, and courtly love. Balanchine considered Emeralds “an evocation of France – the France of elegance, comfort, dress and perfume.”

Rubies is considered the American jewel, with its Jazz Age score by Igor Stravinsky, stylized flapper costumes by Karinska, and Balanchine choreography in his sophisticated mode. A saucy leading couple plays and competes as equals, and a second, siren-like ballerina takes on the men of the corps de ballet, requiring all four of them to partner her at once.

Diamonds is Balanchine’s homage to his native St. Petersburg. Echoes of Petipa’s Swan Lake and Raymonda abound, and the centerpiece of the ballet is an intimate pas de deux, potent in its chivalrous reserve, for the ballerina and her cavalier. At its end, the entire cast joins the principal couple for a gloriously spirited polonaise.
 
TICKET INFORMATION & DISCOUNT OFFERS

Tickets ($28-$179 advance) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

  • Phone - 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • In Person - 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
  • Online - PNB.org (24/7)

Tickets are also available (subject to availability) 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.
 
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performances of George Balanchine’s Jewels are made possible by Bob & Cynthia Benson and Peter & Peggy Horvitz, with the support of Van Cleef & Arpels, Neiman Marcus, and HSBC. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2014-2015 Season is proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft Corporation.



#20 Helene

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:44 PM

Part 3:
 

SPECIAL EVENTS
 
JEWELS LECTURE SERIES
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

  • Diamonds, featuring Jacques d’Amboise: Wednesday, August 20, 5:30 pm (past)
  • Emeralds, featuring Violette Verdy and Mimi Paul: Thursday, September 11, 5:30 pm
  • Rubies, featuring Edward Villella: Monday, September 22, 5:30 pm

Join Pacific Northwest Ballet for a studio rehearsal and conversation with ballet legends and originators of roles in George Balanchine’s Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds including Jacques d’Amboise, Violette Verdy and Mimi Paul, and Edward Villella. Tickets are $25 for each event and can be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street. Space is limited.

 
 
FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, September 19, 6:00pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
 

Join us for an hour-long preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring PNB dancers rehearsing excerpts from Jewels. PNB’s popular Friday Previews offer an up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased through the PNB Box Office. (These events usually sell out.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

 


BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, September 23, 12:00 noon
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle
 

Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about Jewels, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

 

 

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:00 pm Lecture, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
7:00 pm Dress Rehearsal, McCaw Hall
 

Join Artistic Director Peter Boal and special guest Edward Villella during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal to discuss PNB’s production of Jewels. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets ($12 lecture; $30 lecture and dress rehearsal) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office.

 

 

FIRST LOOK, PNB’s Opening Gala After-Party
Friday, September 26
McCaw Hall
 

Celebrate PNB’s 2014 season opening, and salute the 25th Anniversary of the PNB Orchestra, with a glamorous onstage after-party. Join PNB backstage as we celebrate with a sumptuous dessert buffet, hosted bar, and DJ entertainment. First Look after-party tickets start at $45. (Performance tickets sold separately. The First Look pre-show gala is sold out.) HSBC is the Title Sponsor of First Look. Additional sponsors include The Boeing Company, Lane Powell, PJ Hummel & Co., and Seattle Met. To purchase tickets, contact Special Events at 206.441.2429 or events@pnb.org.

 
 
Pre-Performance Lectures
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
 

Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. One hour before performances. FREE for ticketholders.

 

 

Post-Performance Q&A
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

 

Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers. Immediately following each performance. FREE for ticketholders.



#21 Helene

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:16 PM

Here's the trailer:

 

 

More old faces -- Nadeau, Milov, Stanton, Lallone, Thomas -- than current ones among the featured dancers in the footage, but, hopefully Maria Chapman will be back in time for the Walking PDD.



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:09 AM

Thanks for the video, although it's kind of disconcerting to see clips from Emeralds and Rubies while listening to the score from Diamonds...

 

However, right before the end of this video is that moment from Diamonds that d'Amboise was apparently working on in his recent coaching session, where the ballerina (Korbes here) runs downstage to her partner and looks like she's 'diving' forward -- as I understand it from talking with colleagues, d'A was very specific about the sense of reaching forward here.



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:06 AM

d'Amboise was also specific about the timing: that the ballerina reached up and forward towards something, and then was flipped over.

 

The 2009 trailer used mostly different footage and the same casts, but set each section to music from that ballet.  (There are some nice close-ups of Wevers.)  The 2014 video is like the Dance in America vids, where the credits for all ballets in the video were set to one score.

 



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

Nice to see Milov as well.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 09:17 PM

PNB posted a Throw Back Thursday video to Facebook yesterday from 2013, the 40th anniversary season, in which Carla Korbes talks about "Diamonds."  In the video, she's first seen with Stanko Milov and then with Karel Cruz.  From the coaching session with Jacques d'Amboise, she was partnered with Batkhurel Bold, and Cruz and Laura Tisserand went to DC for coaching with Suzanne Farrell, and the video references the stand-alone "Diamonds."

 

https://www.facebook...8952&permPage=1



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 08:51 PM

I didn't realize that PNB was filming at least part of the "Diamonds" coaching section with Jacques d'Amboise, but here's the end of the Pas de deux with Leslie Rausch and Jerome Tisserand, and d'Amboise's reaction:

 



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 09:01 PM

I'm still writing up notes from the Emeralds session, but after the program, Doug F said that they'd been filming quite a lot, and were hoping to pull together a kind of documentary.  Not sure what that entails, but any footage of these coaching sessions is to the good!




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