Eifman to create ballet for NYCB?
Posted 05 November 2001 - 12:08 PM
"New York City Ballet invited Boris Eifman to create a ballet dedicated to the 100th anniversary of George Balanchine's birth."
I wondered if anyone would care to speculate on the libretto for said ballet? Or, perhaps, have suggestions of other ballets that might be created for this momentous anniversary? Yo, Manhattnik biggrin.gif
Posted 05 November 2001 - 01:15 PM
In the meantime, there's no reason why we can't be imaginative and help Mr. E along. All those wives, all those bits of ballets. . .
Posted 05 November 2001 - 01:41 PM
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Posted 07 November 2001 - 02:34 PM
Actually, I enjoy Eifman. I just don't think he fits this particular mission. Wouldn't Wheeldon be a better choice?
Posted 23 November 2001 - 08:46 PM
Of course this ballet will work on many levels, but I see Eifman presenting us with a Balanchinian psychodrama much like Tchaikovsky. We learn that, of course, Balanchine's much ballyhooed love of women is nothing more than overcompensation for -- you guessed it -- repressed homosexuality.
Balanchine's relationships with his wives, affairs, etc., will be presented as nothing more than doomed, never-consummated, desperate attempts at conventionality, always thwarted when the castrating-bitch-ballerina leaves him. The excerpt from Don Quixote, where Farrell's Dulcinea beats Balanchine's Don to a pulp with her shepherd's crook is one of the emotional highpoints of the ballet.
Another high point will be the extra-jazzy version of Concerto Barocco, with new music by Winton Marsalis.
Contrasted to Balanchine's unhappy (if artistically productive) relationships with women will be Eifman's depictions of Balanchine's many "conversations" with the spirits of dead composers, not coincidentally all male. The details of these are best left to the imagination, as is the climactic duet between Balanchine and Stravinsky.
Posted 24 November 2001 - 01:29 AM
I am now going to take a sedative and lay a cold compress across my forehead.
[ November 24, 2001: Message edited by: Leigh Witchel ]
Posted 24 November 2001 - 05:28 PM
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