Posted 03 March 2002 - 12:07 AM
While you don't have to be 60 to answer this question, I'd be interested in knowing what you once saw and hated (or loved) in youth, and you had a different understanding of and response to a few years later. If you give at least one ballet, you may also add a book or a film or piece of music smile.gif
My breakthrough into middle-age came at 35, when I reread "Wuthering Heights" and realized that I no longer found Heathcliff a compelling, attractive Romantic figure. I wanted Cathy to marry Linton, who was stable, with superior china and crystal. It was a real shock. I've never quite had so similar a shock in ballet, as it by-passed my adolescence and I don't have a pure basis for comparison, but I do that I'd liked Glen Tetley's "Voluntaries" the first time I saw it (my first season of ballet) and thought it awful the second time, 15 years later. I don't think the performance had deteriorated; I think my sense of structure and musicality had changed.
Anyone else want to walk this plank, as samba wrote elsewhere? biggrin.gif
Posted 03 March 2002 - 08:45 AM
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Posted 03 March 2002 - 10:53 AM
Books. It was more poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, I had memorized her poems in high school, but had no idea what she was talking about.
Shakespeare. The dreaded reading it out loud in class made no sense to me, to see how it still upholds is to me brilliant.
And just to make everyone cringe. Madonna. I never realized that from the get go, she produced and until recently, had no idea what that meant.
Posted 03 March 2002 - 11:22 AM
Posted 03 March 2002 - 11:38 AM
I also hated Violette Verdy when I first saw her. I don't remember exactly why, but I think it was the fact that her style was so different from all the other dancers in the City Ballet that put me off. After seeing her more often, I came to appreciate and later to love her.
Posted 03 March 2002 - 03:22 PM
I was too young to appreciate Jane Austen's
"Pride and Prejudice" in school, and had no idea
the novel was supposed to be funny. It took a while, but eventually I realized that Austen's works were not genteel Regency romances, but wicked satires.
No apology is necessary, IMO, for liking Ted Kivett. He and Eleanor D'Antuono were among the glories of ABT in the 60s and 70s.
Posted 03 March 2002 - 06:13 PM
Posted 04 March 2002 - 04:25 AM
I disliked highly emotional story type modern dance (i.e. Graham). Still don't.
I also disliked operatic voices. Now I tolerate them, but only if I like the ballet. I still don't get opera. Stupid stories, poorly acted by lots of fat people. eek.gif
[ March 04, 2002, 04:27 AM: Message edited by: hal ]
Posted 04 March 2002 - 05:30 AM
Posted 04 March 2002 - 10:36 AM
I have racked my brains trying to think of examples where my taste has changed, and can only think of ballets like Coppelia, which I loved at 10, thought myself far too sophisticated for at 20, but now have come to appreciate for reasons other than the fact that it is funny and has dolls in it. I also remember enjoying a performance of Petit's Carmen when I was about 25 - Erik Bruhn was Don Jose, and he was very convincing and powerful. I knew perfectly well, even then, that I really thought it was a shallow and vulgar ballet, but Bruhn swayed me - now, I don't think even he could make me enjoy it! I suspect also that something like MacMillan's The Invitation, which seemed very exciting and daring in 1960-whenever-it-was, would now seem merely earnest.
My tastes have changed much more in music and literature, both of which I've been more professionally involved with than I have with ballet. (My ballet "career" ended at fifteen, since I was too tall and didn't have much talent!) This makes me wonder if knowing something from the inside, rather than just being an observer, has a profound effect. In both music and poetry my taste has moved away from lush romanticism towards something "cleaner" and sparer. I now prefer Bach and Britten to the nineteenth century (except, of course, for Tchaikovsky, who is deep in my soul). I like Housman better than Keats or Shelley.
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