Great Moments in Dance History...
Posted 11 March 2002 - 03:18 PM
By late autumn [of 1875] he could again afford to be seen in high spirits, not least because of a visit to Moscow by Camille Saint-Saens -- a fellow composer of growing renown, but also a fellow homosexual with whom he established an immediate rapport. To his delight, he discovered that the Frenchman even shared his penchant for impersonating female dancers. A wide-eyed Nikolay Rubenstein, at the piano, was thus the sole witness of one of the unlikelier moments in the history of late nineteenth-century music, when Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens teamed up to perform, on the edge of the [Moscow] Conservatoire concert hall, a short ballet entitled Pygmalion and Galatea.
There are, of course, no reviews of this particular Conservatoire performance. By Modest [Tchaikovsky]'s account, no doubt based on his brother's, thirty-five-year-old Tchaikovsky danced Pygmalion, while forty-year-old Saint-Saens undertook the role of Galatea with "rare dedication."
Ah, the things an inspired modern choreographer might do with such material.
[ March 11, 2002, 03:57 PM: Message edited by: Manhattnik ]
Posted 11 March 2002 - 03:36 PM
For no reason, I'm reminded of something I once read about Generals Grant and Longstreet. They were great friends before winding up on opposite sides of a certain inter-state dispute, and during the previous war against Mexico they entertained their comrades with amateur theatricals, and on one memorable occasion, Grant played Desdemona to Longstreet's Othello. No dancing involved, however.
Posted 11 March 2002 - 03:56 PM
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