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More Ballet on TV recently

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#1 Natalia


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Posted 02 January 2002 - 02:06 PM

* Lauren Anderson of Houston Ballet was featured on CBS Sunday Morning this past Sunday...I seem to think that this was a repeat of an earlier show but perhaps I'm wrong.

* Royal Swedish Ballet's 'Nutcracker' was on A&E Breakfast with the Arts a couple of Sundays ago. This past Sunday, they reprised the most recent Sylvie Guillem documentary.

* Natl Ballet of Canada principals, Sonia Rodriguez & Rex Harrington, danced 'Summer' from Kudelka's 'The Four Seasons' on an NBC-TV ice-skating special, 'Kurt Browning's Gotta Skate.' [Rodriguez is married to Browning, who is a huge figure skating star in his native Canada.] This one really took me by surprise; my parents had taped a bunch of skating for me during autumn, while I was in Cental Asia & Russia...I just looked at some of my videos this past weekend. I think that the Browning special aired in late Nov/early December. One would hope that many skating fans fell in love with ballet after seeing this; it was a lovely & tastefully-conceived special with a theme of linking skating & dancing. Broadway stars Ann Reinking, Tommy Tune & Ben Vereen also took part.

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Posted 03 January 2002 - 01:18 AM

Also PBS, a local station, aired the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker recently.

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Posted 03 January 2002 - 06:07 AM

There was some ballet on the French TV also (mostly on the cultural channel Arte): a documentary about the former POB principal Fanny Gaďda (unfortunately, it was filmed very badly, and the film director talked more about herself than about Gaďda), Lacotte's "Coppélia" danced by the POB school, Petit's "Clavigo" with Le Riche, Osta and Gillot, and yesterday the "Homage to Kochno" which was danced by the POB recently, including Balanchine's "Prodigal son" with Letestu and Bélingard.

Unfortunately, I think that it won't last- often channels show more ballet in the Christmas period but forget it the rest of the year...

Also there are two cable channels, Mezzo and Muzzik, devoted to classical music, opera and dance. I don't know anybody who gets them (myself I have no TV) and it's a bit frustrating because they have some very interesting programs sometimes, for example yesterday they were showing Ashton's "Cinderella" with Dowell and Sibley...

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Posted 03 January 2002 - 11:28 AM

Thanks, all, for these reports. I hope people will keep posting them -- we could end up with a nice collection of TV shows around the world smile.gif

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Posted 03 January 2002 - 12:38 PM

A British TV channel (not one that I can get) is showing this week a programme called 'Ballerinas' - 5 pieces by Peter Martins, with Farrell, McBride, Watts and Nichols.

Does anyone know what the ballets are? And is it a commercially available video?

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Posted 03 January 2002 - 03:45 PM

Jane, a friend sent me the following info:

Ballerinas: Dances by Peter Martins [videorecording] / co-produced by Thirteen/WNET, New York, and Danmarks Radio ; produced and directed by Judy Kinberg and Thomas Grimm ; choreography by Peter Martins. Imprint : New York, N.Y. : WNET, 1991.
Description : 1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. NTSC ; 3/4 in. (U-matic)
Notes : Telecast on Thirteen/WNET's Great Performances: Dance in America series on January 11, 1991.
: Executive producer, Jac Venza.

: Host: Peter Martins.

: Danced by members of the New York City Ballet.
: Guest artists: Kate Johnson and David Parsons.
: Music performed by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Hugo

: Beethoven romance / music, Ludwig van Beethoven (Romance in F major for violin and orchestra, Op. 50) ; costumes, Heather Watts ; danced by Kyra
Nichols and Adam Lüders ; solo violinist, Elmar Oliveira --
Ecstatic orange: Second movement (Purple) / music, Michael Torke ; danced by Heather
Watts and Jock Soto --

Valse triste / music, Jean Sibelius ; danced by
Patricia McBride and Ib Andersen --

Barber violin concerto / music, Samuel
Barber ; costumes, William Ivey Long ; danced by Merrill Ashley, Lüders, Kate Johnson, and David Parsons ; solo violinist, Oliveira --

Sophisticated lady / music, Duke Ellington, orchestrated by André Kostelanetz ; costumes,
Karinska, Barbara Matera ; danced by Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, and men's ensemble.

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Posted 03 January 2002 - 10:31 PM

Twice during December (as I was channel surfing), I came across what I think (not sure) was the Joffery Ballet's Nutcracker. At the end, Clara sails up and away in hot air balloon - IS that the Joffery version?

Some of costumes were quite........"interesting" wink.gif

[ January 03, 2002: Message edited by: Yvonne ]

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Posted 04 January 2002 - 10:41 AM

The Joffrey Ballet's production of THE NUTCRACKER does end in true Victorian fashion, with Clara in a hot air balloon.

The scenery was Oliver Smith's last project and the costumes are by John David Ridge. You might have noticed that the Victorian Bouquet of flowers given to Clara in the party scene transformed in to live flowers dancing the Waltz in Act II. Each flower has a name, i. e. Pansy, Rose, Cornflower, and her costume represents her flower.

Both designers were very close to Mr. Joffrey, and worked to create his vision of Victorian America.

THE NUTCRACKER was sadly, Mr. Joffrey's last project.

[ January 04, 2002: Message edited by: glebb ]

#9 Jane Simpson

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Posted 04 January 2002 - 04:53 PM

Thankyou for the information about the Martins ballets, Alexandra - and I'm thrilled to see Kate Johnson is in there too - she was in the Paul Taylor company when I first fell in love with them.

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Posted 04 January 2002 - 06:11 PM

I don't have the tape but I recall the original broadcast -- it was very funny to see the tiny Kate Johnson leaping around a flummoxed Adam Luders.

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Posted 04 January 2002 - 11:40 PM

I'm pretty sure I saw that one live and it reminded me so much of Paul Taylor's ARDEN COURT.

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