Walking past History - Ballet landmarks in NYC?
Posted 27 October 2002 - 01:02 PM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:25 PM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:35 PM
ATM - can you please tell us what you recall about what theaters and where dance took place in the city? Which of them are still around, which have moved and which have closed?
Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:39 PM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 04:49 PM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 05:25 PM
Talk about walking by history, I generally walk by its site at 152 West 54th Street every night on my way home from work.
Built as the Craig Theater (I assumed named for Gordon Craig, who was married (?) to Isadora Duncan) in 1928, it was demolished in 1970. Lots of dance history, not only the performances of the American Ballet, but also those of Martha Graham including Clytemnestra and Embattled Garden.
(Note - I haven't fact-checked any of this yet.)
Posted 27 October 2002 - 05:46 PM
Ko-Ko: He's gone abroad!
Mikado: Gone abroad? His address!
Ko-Ko: The Martin Beck!
Martyn Greene, the Ko-Ko in that exchange positively identifies the theater being played by the Savoy company as the Adelphi, and notes that the Adelphi is now (1962) the 54th St. Theater.
Posted 27 October 2002 - 06:44 PM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 06:57 PM
Posted 27 October 2002 - 08:51 PM
If anyone recalls anything about that space, I'd be curious! Was it a large house? small? Good to dance in? Bad? Big backstage? Cramped? Good sightlines? Anything!
I think I'm next going to pay a visit to 225 West 24th Street when I get a moment. I bet if I called the principal I could look at the auditorium.
Posted 28 October 2002 - 02:45 AM
Posted 28 October 2002 - 06:31 AM
Posted 28 October 2002 - 01:28 PM
Also having a map would make it easier for non-new yorkers to understand the discussion
By the way (sorry if it's getting a bit off-topic) I think it might be a bit interesting (even if somewhat morbid) to have some list of ballet-related cemeteries... A few years ago, the French magazine "Danser" had made an article with photographs of the graves of many ballet people buried in or near Paris. Are there some famous graves of ballet people in NYC? For example, is Balanchine's tomb there?
Perhaps we could even start an "online ballet graveyard" with scanned photos of tombs or urns... The only one I can offer is that of Isadora Duncan's urn at the Pere Lachaise (last spring my husband's friends organized a weird "bachelor's day" (like a bachelor party) for him which started near the urn of Georges Perec at the Pere Lachaise, and since he noticed Isadora Duncan's name not very far he took a photo of it).
Posted 28 October 2002 - 01:51 PM
There are precious few cemeteries on the island of Manhattan; the ones left are quite old, and I think closed to new burials (but I could be wrong). Balanchine's funeral service was held at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign at 75 East 93rd Street and he was buried, I think, in Sag Harbor, about a two hour drive to the east on Long Island.
[Again - this is just off the top of my head; I haven't fact-checked any of this yet.]
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