Luxury Casting at the Met
Posted 25 March 2002 - 08:42 AM
Damien Woezel danced the role of Harlequin, who is the unifying factor of the three pieces, meaning he got to take a final bow at the evening's end! He more than made the most of the matierial and danced brilliantly. What stage presence.
Posted 25 March 2002 - 09:47 AM
Thank you so much for reporting on the Met - we need more reports about what's coming from there. So you know, I moved your post out of the New York City Ballet Forum into Recent Performances. I hope that isn't confusing.
Posted 25 March 2002 - 11:26 PM
WHo choreographed it? ANd why in the world did they use new sets and costumes by Hockney when Picasso's originals are such works of art?
WOetzel is a wizard, for sure -- but I want to know, what did the ballet look like?
Posted 26 March 2002 - 10:51 AM
Gray Veredon choreographed the PARADE ballet and incidental dances in the two operas. The Met has a full-time corps and no affliliation with ABT. (The opera season ends of May 11th). The Harlequin character is the lead fiqure in the ballet and he opens and closes the other two operas. This PARADE has commedia characters encountering elegant Parisians, jugglers and chorus girls. At one point most of the cast turns into an advancing army wearing World War I gasmasks. Damian did a lot of partnering, mock stage-fighting, and jumping. The dancing consistedof waltzing, high stepping, marching and acrobatic ballet 'tricks.' The 'theme' seems to be that life and survive destruction - a concept which works better than the choreography. .
I don't know if the Met was unable to obtain rights to Massine's choreography or Picasso's set design. Perhaps they wanted to create something new. Maybe they wanted to give their dancers something more to do than usual.
David Hockney certainly pays homage to the ballet's creators: one PARADE character is a Conjurer (wearing a replica of the famous costume) and there is a two-person horse (their duet is not danced in silence).
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