Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:44 AM
I especially appreciate the ones about clarity and reduction in art.
Same goes for most things in life, of course, but that sort of insight tends to come in the later years.
Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:22 AM
If only more ballet choreographers in our own age could take the time to think about this, there might be less aimless busy-ness in so much of what they do.
Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:40 PM
Regarding the ballet La Chatte from 1927 -
"In her pas de deux, supported by (Serge) Lifar, Balanchine had her (Olga Spessiva) pirouette slowly to the ground, and Massine complained to Diaghilev that he had always wnated to use this movement. 'If it is so easy to steal your thoughts,' Diaghilev said, 'please don't think.'"
Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:34 PM
From Richard Buckle's George Balanchine, Ballet Master, the Chapter Back to Russia:
By the time the company reached Baku, on the Caspian Sea--a city of oil wells and caviar--and the final date of their tour, the dancers were in a state of exhaustion. A huge party was given in the hotel ballroom on the night before they left, and everybody got drunk. Shaun O'Brien put on his new Russian musquash hat and removed his pants. When the party broke up, dancers began to visit one another’s rooms. Shaun called on Betty [Cage] and Natalie [Molostwoff], to find the latter ready for the morning flight, fully dressed and wearing her earrings, but fast asleep on top of her bed. Then Balanchine came in and sat down. He said, “Well, l suppose now the tour is over everybody's little love affairs will be over too. All except mine--I never had any.” Shaun remarked, “You could have, if you wanted to.” “No,” said Balanchine, “nobody loves me.” Then Shaun did something he would never had dared to do if he were sober; he ran to Balanchine sat on the arm of his chair, patted him and exclaimed, “But we all love you!" Balanchine looked him in the eye without expression and said, “Where are your pants?”
Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:32 AM
Those are words an exasperated father might say.
Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:49 PM
Balanchine had his first sight of the theater on May 6. Sitting on the windowsill of the dressing room that had been built for him and Eugene Ormandy to occupy in turn--but Balanchine relinquished it to Robert Irving--he surveyed the scene for a few moments in silence, then asked, "That is the waterfall Ormandy will turn off?” When Leach nodded, Balanchine gave his considered opinion. "Dick, much better, much cheaper--turn off Ormandy.”
Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:14 PM
Most horrifying thing about being in London: going to the gym and working out next to a ROH ballet dancer. #notpretty
Posted 06 May 2013 - 09:30 PM
I offer a little suspense because you never know if I will appear or not. Nor do I.
I’m still a little bit of an original, even if it is not an enormous original. A good friend of mine tells me that there is a monument in Paris that makes him think of me. lt is a small carousel in the Jardin des Tuileries, across from the Palais-Royal. Through that tiny carousel, which is pink with beautiful little horses, like a Philippine shell, you can see at the end of the Champs-Elysées the big Arc de Triomphe. My friend says I am really like that little carousel. One can only be what one can be.
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