new ballets in the classic style
Posted 27 September 2002 - 09:24 AM
And if so, have any of those new attempts at the classic style been successful?
Posted 27 September 2002 - 09:58 AM
There are also ballets by people like Peter Martins, Kent Stowell, Helgi Tomasson, which are sometimes referred to, unkindly, as "Son of Balanchine" ballets, by which people mean that they use Balanchine rules but are more derivative than original.
There are a lot of classical and neoclassical ballets being made for schools -- read Dance Teacher Now and you'll be surprised how many. Both story ballets and abstract works. But they're looked on as training tools, it seems, and don't go into general repertory.
Posted 28 September 2002 - 03:45 AM
Afraid that I am not so familiar with Balanchine and his "offsprings" so I don't know enough to understand that part of it, but I really connect with what you are saying about "contemporary story ballets" and how Petipa would have made them into something great.
In fact I like your statement about contemporary story ballets so much that I will probably want to quote you on it in the future if that is allright. You said that these contemporary story ballets are "simplistic in theme and choreography and not very imaginative" < that is the part I may want to quote. Will that be OK? I really connect with that statement.
Yes, can anyone else think of more examples? That would be interesting.
Posted 28 September 2002 - 05:53 AM
I thought of several others:
In America, Peter Anastos, and in Europe, David Bintley and Heinz Spoerli.
Not forgetting Roland Petit.
Posted 29 September 2002 - 02:17 AM
Now, I am hoping it is Montgomery and not Birmingham. I am within striking distance of Montgomery. October.. hmmmmm.
Posted 29 September 2002 - 04:24 AM
ronny, go for it!!
Posted 05 October 2002 - 09:49 AM
"Mr. Tomasson recently commissioned a full-length ballet from Mr. Morris...The work, 'Sylvia,' based on a story about a shy wood nymph and set to a score by the 19th-century French composer Leo Delibes, will have its premiere during the 2004 season. 'I chose it because I love myths, because the music is gorgeous and I like their orchestra,' Mr. Morris said."
It sounds like what you've been waiting for, Ronny.
Posted 05 October 2002 - 10:36 AM
Posted 06 October 2002 - 03:55 AM
I just picked up the Sylvia CD (couldn't find a video) from my mail box and was enjoying the music yesterday. It is really a wonderful score. In fact there is one piece in there that was so good that it was stolen to add some depth to the last act of Copellia. (or at least my version of Copellia) The CD also has 6 ballet pieces from Saint-Saens "Henry VIII"... the package says these 6 are "Ballet-Divertissment" (don't know what that means)... but I enjoy that part more than the Syliva section. Does anyone know what this "divertissment" means?
Was talking with my sister yesterday since we were considering driving the 7 hours to Birmingham to see "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" but since we are both new at this, we both thought it would be better for us to go see the Nutcracker which is being performed locally a week later (Dec 7). I don't know about you, but I usually don't enjoy brand new music until I have heard it 3 or 4 times. I'm going to let the experts check out the Birmingham scene. I am going to see "old faithful" (nutcracker) for the first time. I know we will enjoy that:)
Posted 06 October 2002 - 06:04 AM
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