Jump to content


This site uses cookies. By using this site, you agree to accept cookies, unless you've opted out. (US government web page with instructions to opt out: http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml)

west side story suite


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 jude

jude

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 47 posts

Posted 22 May 2002 - 07:33 AM

hey!
ok this is u very dumb simple question, can enayone tell me anything about west side story suite, ive seen the film but ive never seen this ballet and i would love to know how it has been adapted, is it just the dance numvers from the musical linked together or is it longer that that? and wats this about singing??!!

any info would b much appreciated!!

thanx !!
xx

#2 stan

stan

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 47 posts

Posted 22 May 2002 - 12:02 PM

It's an ingenious adaptation of the musical which includes both dancing and singing. Some of the remembrances of Helene noted her amazing performance. My personal favorite was Nikolai Hubbe doing "Cool, man". Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be in the repertoire this season.

#3 jude

jude

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 47 posts

Posted 22 May 2002 - 01:22 PM

wow sounds v v v cool!! so do all the dancers have to sing the full songs? can they hack it? how long is it overall?

#4 stan

stan

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 47 posts

Posted 26 May 2002 - 03:44 AM

It's been a while since I've seen it but I think it's around 40-45 minutes so obviously not everything is included. Robbins called it a "distillation" of the West Side Story material from "Jerome Robbins Broadway". And yes, the dancers can certainly "hack" it. Helene, as I've noted, brought down the house a Anita. She could certainly have a future on Broadway if she doesn't want to give up the business.

#5 stan

stan

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 47 posts

Posted 26 May 2002 - 03:55 AM

This site, jeromerobbings.org , reminds me that there were singers in the pit. The "Requirements" section suggests that the ballet can be staged for non-singing dancers.

#6 jude

jude

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 47 posts

Posted 27 May 2002 - 12:58 AM

brilliant thanks so much for the information, its such a shame that i live in england and hardly ever get to see balanchine or robbins, let alone a peice such as this!!


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases (adblockers may block display):