Mayerling and the Royal Ballet
Posted 07 October 2002 - 06:01 AM
The music of Franz Liszt is wonderful, the costumes are fab, the choreography is great, but the story??? What are they thinking?:confused:
Posted 07 October 2002 - 01:38 PM
Posted 08 October 2002 - 03:49 AM
Posted 08 October 2002 - 04:21 AM
Actually I enjoy some sections of it, the first 15 minutes and the first part of the scene in Rudolf's mothers room. Some of Listz's music is really thrilling. Really, I'm quite impressed with the Royal Ballet, they certainly have all the skill and talent to produce anything they want. Very impressive.
Helena, I guess I am just a softy for the more beautiful and lofty kind of things that ballet can do. I am real partial to the fairy tales. But your comments here show me that maybe I need to be a little more tolerant of these other things. So thanks for your repy Helena.
Posted 08 October 2002 - 05:15 AM
So you wouldn't sit through suicide and death in Giselle or Swan Lake either then ? Or La Bayadere ?
Posted 08 October 2002 - 05:59 AM
Posted 08 October 2002 - 07:31 AM
They are thinking that a lot of people like this ballet. Ticket sales.
I think the ROH might be a bit scared actually - only 9 performances! No surprise it's hard to get tickets of any sorts.
Posted 09 October 2002 - 02:10 AM
Posted 09 October 2002 - 03:34 AM
Posted 09 October 2002 - 03:59 AM
However, from a scholarly standpoint, even though most of the principals are now gone, a "reconstruction" of the choreography is theoretically possible, even probable, but that leaves aside any considerations of the attitude of the Ashton Estate and Trust toward such undertakings.
(AWK! Post #6001! Woohoo! I gotta get me a life!;) )
Posted 09 October 2002 - 04:18 AM
A pas de deux from Sylvia was featured in one of the Royal's Ashton mixed bills from the mid-90s, so some of it certainly survives.
Posted 09 October 2002 - 08:39 AM
Like many companies, the Royal started filming and, later, making videos of ballets from the 1960s, at least, there's a good chance there's a film record -- don't know whether they've kept it (the famous story is that Antoinette Sibley's Aurora was filmed, but does not survive).
I'll have to be convinced about the capering goats but, of course, I'd love to see it!
Posted 09 October 2002 - 09:09 AM
Posted 10 October 2002 - 02:51 AM
I thought Delibes wrote music for a ballet called Sylvia... that was a long time ago... what would any estate have to do with that?? Are you talking about some attempt at a reconstruction of a ballet that was lost?? or what is this estate thing about?:confused:
And Mel, you have a life, you are a great teacher! You give life to everyone with your knowledge. I can't think of a greater profession than that. Congratulations on your 6001 !!
Posted 10 October 2002 - 03:19 AM
The Delibes music is all free and clear, but the issue with trying to piece Ashton's version of the ballet together, choreographically, is less clear. Ashton's nephew, (The Heir) is a non-dancer, and has one point of view, as noted above, but the Trust, for which David Vaughan seems to be a fairly accurate barometer, seems to have quite another. So the issue is Ashton's version of Sylvia, and not an attempted version of a staging of choreography by Louis Merante.
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