Eifman@NYCB in 2004 (!)
Posted 26 June 2002 - 08:07 AM
I'm not an Eifman fan--and I've seen his company twice; more importantly, I think he's a stylistic misfit for the company (to say the least!). Is it a sign of artistic desperation? Artistic shortsightedness? Artistic vision? A move to attract more Russian/Russian American viewers, who pack Eifman's 2-week City Center seasons?
Posted 26 June 2002 - 08:17 AM
Posted 26 June 2002 - 08:50 AM
One might argue that it would be interesting, perhaps even good for, NYCB dancers to work with a choreographer with such a different approach, because they might take something of what they learn/observe from him into their regular repertory (within the bounds of that repertory, of course).
If, however, the stories that have apparently appeared in the Russian press are true, that one of these ballets is a biography of Balanchine, then that is another story.
(Those interested in this story, see
http://www.balletale... AND Balanchine
Posted 26 June 2002 - 09:06 AM
It'll be interesting to see what Eifman does, particularly what dancers he uses and how.
I'm actually curious to see what Stroman does with them. Her one piece was cute, lots of character acting but the ballet was weak.
Posted 26 June 2002 - 03:29 PM
Balanchine's ballets are not enough of a celebration?
I cannot believe that this is not an April Fool's joke.
Eifman has his company, he fills City Center every engagement, all power and happiness to him and the dancers. Whatever City Ballet dancers need to absorb, it isn't this.
Posted 26 June 2002 - 04:20 PM
Posted 26 June 2002 - 07:07 PM
May you live in interesting times!
Posted 27 June 2002 - 10:32 AM
I was going to say that Balanchine and Eifman are on completely opposite ends of the "drama vs. pure dance" spectrum, except that Balanchine could be quite over-the-top and dramatic when he chose; witness the scene in Davidsbundertanze where the Shumann figure confronts those menacing critics with the enormous goose-quill pens. Of course, with Eifman they'd probably be levitating or doing something unspeakable with those pens...
I have contemplated casting such an extravaganza, only to feel the room spinning around me.
Posted 27 June 2002 - 11:27 AM
But nothing B did compares to Eifman. Culturally speaking, I think Eifman is a fascinating, post-Soviet arts phenomenon. But he's a poor choice for NYCB's dancers and rep. (sorry to be so negative, Alexandra, I think if anything *Eifman* will be the one learning). Why not do a ballet by Alonzo King? Or Europeans we haven't seen at NYCB?
Posted 27 June 2002 - 11:28 AM
And think, for just a moment, of the men who might be cast as Mr. B: Jock Soto? Tom Gold? Nilas Martins? Sebastien Marcovici? Philip Neal? Nikolaj Hubbe? James Fayette?
Hmm. I feel a poll coming on....
Posted 27 June 2002 - 11:30 AM
Posted 27 June 2002 - 11:36 AM
Originally posted by Ray
Why not do a ballet by Alonzo King? Or Europeans we haven't seen at NYCB?
Hey, why not inviting Béjart? (surely an idea which would please Manhattnik )
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