Wish list for ABT Repertory
Posted 28 March 2002 - 09:30 AM
Which new choreographers?
Which revivals -- of old ABT works, or those from other companies?
Any ballets not done by the company that seem "perfect" for this or that dancer?
Which classics/full-lengths, and in which versions?
What, if anything, would you toss out?
Posted 28 March 2002 - 09:45 AM
I wish they'd get rid of Corsaire. Keep Bayadere and Romeo & Juliet as permanent!
I haven't seen The Dream (and can't find my program here, so I'm not sure if it's new)
And I just love Rodeo and Etudes.
I just looked at their rep listing on their website. I'm embarassed to admit that I didn't realize how big of a rep they had! I've never heard of half of them. :eek:
Having seen that. I'd like to see the next City Center dedicated to ballets that haven't been performed in the last 5 years!
Posted 28 March 2002 - 11:18 AM
I'd like to see Tudor's Romeo and Juliet. I don't care what it costs.
Les Sylphides as a curtain-raiser.
Gaite Parisienne (LOVE the new costumes).
While we're at it, let's have them restore the Berman Giselle.
Oh, yeah, and the David Blair Swan Lake.
And let's have them drag Makarova and Baryshnikov out of retirement, while we're at it....
Posted 28 March 2002 - 04:07 PM
I am delighted that ABT has added some new Ashton to its rep and am very much looking forward to seeing The Dream and La Fille again. But what about Monotones? The last time I saw that ballet it was done either by the Royal and/or Jeoffrey and it seems ages ago.
So that's my wish list ballet. Anybody know why that lovely work has seemingly disappeared from view?
Posted 28 March 2002 - 04:20 PM
The current direction of the Royal doesn't seem all that interested in Ashton at the moment. It also may be that "Monotones" is so hard to dance and hard to cast (?). And it may just be that, alas for those who love Ashton, he seems to be raidly falling out of fashion.
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Posted 31 March 2002 - 12:58 PM
In the Times today (could have been the Independent actually) there was a short article about RB's announcement of next season's rep with Ross Stretton's comments. He seemed to be saying that although next season has a lot of MacMillan and only one Ashton, the year after is Ashton's centenery so his works would be better represented in that season. I wonder what they are planning?
There is still A Month in the Country left to go this season though!
Posted 31 March 2002 - 02:38 PM
I very much agree that casting is a challenge for this ballet. But certainly ABT now has the depth of casting -- both for Monotones I and II -- for the men. Corella, Carreno, Malakahov and Stieffel would all do very well indeed.
But who among ABT's women are strong enough to do the female lead? (I know ABT has good "turners," but sustained legato is quite another matter.) If my memory serves, the arabesques in Monotones (and one of its glories) seemed to go forever!! Any suggestions who would be strong enough?
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Posted 01 April 2002 - 02:34 AM
I expect Ethan Stiefel would do well in it, he is very similar in build to Tom Whitehead who I saw dance it, not too tall, with broad shoulders. (And blond too! ;) ) The girls who did it at RB are the tall slender ones, who look very serene and a bit "cool". The boys were the ones who now seem to be getting character-ish parts rather than pure classical - peculiar.
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