Posted 26 December 2001 - 11:01 PM
Perhaps you can even point me in the direction of something to read about it...better yet to see it on video...My daughter is going to have a part in it, and it certainly would be nice to actually see it performed...
Posted 26 December 2001 - 11:32 PM
The ballet is described in most every book on ballets, like Balanchine's or Beaumont, and the Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, etc. There are also several video tapes available.
Posted 27 December 2001 - 12:12 AM
There is indeed a story line, and we should have the first Ballet Alert! pop quiz to see how many people can remember it without cheating biggrin.gif
[ December 27, 2001: Message edited by: alexandra ]
Posted 27 December 2001 - 07:48 AM
I have two ballet books and neither one goes into much detail on it although one does mention some videos...
Thanks Alexandra, I was just looking at that Ballet of the Month section last night! smile.gif
Posted 27 December 2001 - 11:36 AM
Posted 27 December 2001 - 08:47 PM
Grigorovich's Ballet will be performing
durning their upcoming U.S. winter tour.
Personally i do not care for the theme of
Raymonda-women waiting for man to come home, villain try to steal women while man is away,
man return home and has duel with villain,
villain is killed by man in duel,
and the united couple lives happy ever after.
The plot of Raymonda is to mawkish for my taste,
but that is just my opinion.
Posted 27 December 2001 - 09:26 PM
I wonder what Grigorovich will conjure up......
we can always enjoy the music!
Posted 29 December 2001 - 03:06 PM
It turns out that my daughter and seven others are actually doing "variations" from the first Act. There will be four doing solos - my daughter's is the first soloist who starts in tendu back, arms in fourth, right arm up, left arm down in that scene that happens when the White Lady appears but before the seemingly evil Eastern Knight appears...
Would someone kindly explain to the uninitiated what "variations" means? and does it have several meanings? I thought it meant excerpts of different dances from a ballet...is this so? Do choreographers who are restaging ballets often change things here and there to suit dancers?
It certainly is one of the more "theatrical" ballets that I've seen...although I suppose all story ballets are theatrical...this one just seems more intensely "dramatic". I have to say that the quality of the video isn't the best...and I'm sure it looked better in real life! smile.gif
Posted 29 December 2001 - 03:36 PM
One of the most famous examples of a near-contemporary choreographer who changed solos for dancers is Balanchine. "Tchaikovsky pas de deux" has several different solos made for different dancers. After the choreographer dies and isn't around to custom-make variations, then one or two become the 'set' one.
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