Poll: Ballet Time Traveler
Posted 26 April 2002 - 05:54 PM
Posted 26 April 2002 - 10:09 PM
"If we do not PROgress, we RETROgress."
Brava Choura! One of the unique beauties of dance is that it is ephemeral. A brilliant performance is gone forever after the curtain call. And the great dancers and choreographers understand this simple fact, even if legal eagles miss the point.
Like dedicated birding enthusiasts, we fans flock to the place where a rare species was seen, hoping that history will appear again. Sometimes it does. Unsually it doesn't. Chasing a ghost offers precious few chances for joy. But chances no dedicated enthusiast can afford to miss.
Is it any wonder that Balanchine once considered a ballet called "Birds of America"?
Posted 27 April 2002 - 09:59 AM
Tancos, in an earlier post you wrote:
An idea for another poll would be which single historic performance would you attend if you were handed the keys to a time machine but only allowed one trip. (I have a hunch which performance would win; in fact, I wouldn't be surprised if half the audience at the premiere of "Le Sacre du Printemps" *were* time travelers.)
Perhaps this would be too complicated for a poll, but it would make an interesting thread -- why not start one?
Posted 28 April 2002 - 07:55 PM
Posted 29 April 2002 - 02:39 AM
Now, if I could chose another option, it would either the 1930s or 1940s. For the 30s, I could see the baby ballerinas, De Basil's Ballet Russe, Massine's best work, Nijinska's things and be at the premieres of Balanchine's Serenade, Cottilion, and the original Mozartiana. I could still see Danilova and Markova. Or teh 40s, I see the early perfomances of 4ts, Concerto Barocco, Ballet Imperial -- basically the birth of the NYCB, plus see the Ballet Russe and all those ballets, the beginning of ABT.
Posted 29 April 2002 - 05:19 PM
Posted 29 April 2002 - 06:21 PM
The rest were, well, regional. Very derivative. Even allowing for the fact that reconstructions are often rather dull, these were dull.
Posted 30 April 2002 - 10:40 AM
Posted 02 May 2002 - 01:06 PM
Posted 07 May 2002 - 04:10 PM
My own mother, who studied ballet with Edvard Caton, was offered an apprenticeship with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo -- the only possible route to a professional career in that pre-war era. But neither she nor her parents could accept the idea of a 15-year-old girl joining the gypsy life of what was then the world's leading classical dance company. So she would later become a housewife, and much of the company's history would be lost.
Thank heaven for The Red Shoes, which at least preserves cameos of the great dancers of the '40s.
Posted 22 May 2002 - 09:05 PM
I also chose Paris and the Ballets Russes. I"m still thinking about which single historic performance I would attend. To see that fateful opening night of "Sacre", or for that matter, of "Faune"! It would be fascinating to be able to experience the impact of ballets such as these within the climate of their own time. I think they must have been so startling, so evocative, tumultuous in a way that is difficult for us to imagine nearly 100 years later.
I guess I should stop, as someone may want to turn this suggestion into a thread.
Posted 22 May 2002 - 10:57 PM
Posted 24 May 2002 - 08:10 PM
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