Length of Ballet Seasons at Top Companies?
Posted 08 January 2002 - 01:13 AM
I am wondering how many performances does each of the top companes give at its home town?
If tours are included, my impression is that Kirov has the most performances.
Posted 08 January 2002 - 10:00 AM
[Edited to say: Sorry, mussel smile.gif I missed that sentence. She made both points!]
The Kirov splits itself into several companies and seems to be everywhere at once! I don't know how much they actually perform at home -- I'm sure it's for a year-long season, as do the Royal Ballets in London and Copenhagen. Yes, they alternate with the opera and don't do 23 weeks back to back, or broken in two chunks, as NYCB does, but they dance from September to June. Paris dances from September to June in two houses.
[ January 08, 2002: Message edited by: alexandra ]
Posted 10 January 2002 - 07:05 AM
The Kirov splits itself into several companies and seems to be everywhere at once!
The Kirov performs at the Maryinsky Theatre every season from October till August. I am amazed by the large repertory that they do at home. They do about 5 different programmes every month, which offers a good variety for a visitor who is in St. Petersburg for a short time. When I was there several months ago, I managed to see 3 different programmes in 4 days.
The Royal Ballet nowadays seems to do only one programme per month at Covent Garden on average. They used to do 2-3 different programmes per month.
Posted 10 January 2002 - 08:04 AM
There seem to be two kinds of programming: one with long runs of a given ballet or mixed bill, as the POB or the Royal Ballet, and one with many works alternating each evening, as the NYCB or the Kirov. If I remember correctly, the POB used to have such an "alternance" until the 1960s or 1970s, and it was modified then (the Comédie-Française still has such a programming). I wonder about the pros and cons of each sort of programming. Alternating many works is more interesting for the people who spend a few days in the city, as Kevin wrote, and a schedule as the NYCB's one is such that there never is exactly the same program. On the other hand, it might be more difficult technically to handle the sets and costumes, and it can only work with a company with a large and steady repertory (Petipa for the Kirov, Balanchine and Robbins for the NYCB), and performing some works only a few times in a season might be a bit too little to enable new dancers to master fully the roles...
Posted 10 January 2002 - 10:29 AM
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