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#16 Phaedra392

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:58 PM

(Delurking)  I fell in love with ballet when I was about 10 years old, when I saw Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" on TV.  Living in a cultural backwater, I didn't get a chance to attend an actual live performance for many years, but eventually my town landed on the tour circuit, and I saw Fonteyn in "La Sylphide" and "Cinderella" and Nureyev in "Le Jeune Homme et La Mort" and "Apollo."  Eventually, I was able to afford trips to New York, and saw many NYCB performances with Farrell, Martins, McBride, and the like.  And I saw Villella in the subway!  I don't get to see live ballet often, so the thrill has never gone away.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:52 AM

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Glad you did!

#18 JMcN

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:28 PM

When I was young I had a horsey phase and my 2 favourite horses were Sir Ivor and Nijinksy.  Some years later I saw a biography of Vaslav Nijinksy in the library and I borrowed it out of curiosity.  Then I started going to the odd ballet, usually mixed programmes.  I only really became a ballet watcher on 26th May 1984 when I saw Onegin (London Festival Ballet (now ENB)) at the London Coliseum.  I was an overnight convert to ballet.  It was a good few years later when I found the programme and realised just whom I had seen - Marcia Haydee and Richard Cragun.  No wonder I was bowled over!



#19 volcanohunter

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:30 PM

 

As a child, my first live performance was the Royal Ballet's "The Sleeping Beauty" at Covent Garden.  

The cast:  Lesley Collier as Aurora, Marguerite Porter as the Lilac Fairy, Anthony Dowell as Prince Florimund,

Jennifer Penney & Wayne Eagling as the Bluebirds, and Monica Mason as Carabosse.    

 

Well no wonder you got hooked! That's not a dream team, it's a celestial team.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:16 PM

 

 

As a child, my first live performance was the Royal Ballet's "The Sleeping Beauty" at Covent Garden.  

The cast:  Lesley Collier as Aurora, Marguerite Porter as the Lilac Fairy, Anthony Dowell as Prince Florimund,

Jennifer Penney & Wayne Eagling as the Bluebirds, and Monica Mason as Carabosse.    

 

Well no wonder you got hooked! That's not a dream team, it's a celestial team.

 

Somewhere I have a videotape of that cast that I recorded. It was the Covent Garden Christmas performance probably on PBS. At the end they ceremoniously wheeled out the Christmas cake and Princess Margaret was there to greet the dancers. PS - I've loved Wayne Eagling ever since and would argue that Monica Mason is the best Carabosse there is.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:56 PM

Bastille Day 1975 when I was out of college, going to a lot of theater performances, and a friend and I decided to throw caution to the winds and take in a ballet and an orchestra performance (Rostropovich!)  My first program was Nureyev and Friends: Marguerite and Armand (with Fonteyn), Le Corsaire pas de deux (with a very young Karen Kain), Bejart's Songs of a Wayfarer, with Paolo Bortelucci (sp?), and The Moor's Pavane, with the whole cast. 

 

I thought all ballet would be like this :)



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:32 PM

 

 

As a child, my first live performance was the Royal Ballet's "The Sleeping Beauty" at Covent Garden.  

The cast:  Lesley Collier as Aurora, Marguerite Porter as the Lilac Fairy, Anthony Dowell as Prince Florimund,

Jennifer Penney & Wayne Eagling as the Bluebirds, and Monica Mason as Carabosse.    

 

Well no wonder you got hooked! That's not a dream team, it's a celestial team.

 

Somewhere I have a videotape of that cast that I recorded. It was the Covent Garden Christmas performance probably on PBS. At the end they ceremoniously wheeled out the Christmas cake and Princess Margaret was there to greet the dancers. PS - I've loved Wayne Eagling ever since and would argue that Monica Mason is the best Carabosse there is.

 

 

Yes, it's a very similar cast, only with Merle Park and David Wall as the leads. Collier was one of the prologue fairies; she did probably the speediest canary variation I've seen. Of the Bluebirds the Royal Ballet has filmed over the years, I'm convinced Eagling is by far the best, and as you say, Mason's Carabosse is without equal. It's madness that telecast hasn't been released commercially.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 06:03 PM

Yes, yes you're right volcanohunter! It was definitely Merle Park and David Wall - not too shabby!



#24 duffster

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 06:17 PM

My mother took me to see Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet . Performing were Rudi and Margot. Another time it was Don Q with Vasiliev and Maximova. I think then I clearly decided to become a professional ballet dancer. I was taking classes at the time, but I had never seen a major company perform.Thank goodness I had a mother who loved the arts.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 11:02 PM

Bastille Day 1975 when I was out of college, going to a lot of theater performances, and a friend and I decided to throw caution to the winds and take in a ballet and an orchestra performance (Rostropovich!)  My first program was Nureyev and Friends: Marguerite and Armand (with Fonteyn), Le Corsaire pas de deux (with a very young Karen Kain), Bejart's Songs of a Wayfarer, with Paolo Bortelucci (sp?), and The Moor's Pavane, with the whole cast. 

 

I thought all ballet would be like this smile.png

 

I felt the same way about the Joffrey performances I saw -- the variety knocked me flat.



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 08:39 AM

I'm a rookie. As a small child, I vaguely remember going to a Nutcracker here in my native San Diego. Upon my return after 18 years living elsewhere, I started watching the Nutcracker each year on a local cable channel that carried the California Ballet version. So, in '11, I went to it (again, California Ballet), out of a vague sense of nostalgia, and absolutely loved it. 




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