Worst idea for a new ballet
Posted 06 August 2001 - 08:31 AM
A couple of years ago, the long-run winner was a combination of Life of the Slime Mold and Moby-Dick! At least no one had ever seen THAT before!
Posted 06 August 2001 - 08:53 AM
Manhattnik and I were at Universal Ballet yesterday and realized that La Bayadere just wasn't peppy enough. We're thinking it needs to be reset. To Texas.
Yoohoo. . .Manhattnik. . .
Posted 06 August 2001 - 09:00 AM
Posted 06 August 2001 - 09:31 AM
Posted 06 August 2001 - 09:51 AM
Originally posted by Mel Johnson:
What say we propose new and truly lousy ideas for a ballet? Be aware, though, that as soon as you propose it, somebody is likely to come out with, "Oh, I saw that!"
I remember the discussions of Moby Dick on alt.arts.ballet a few Augusts ago. We had a wonderful time with it -- pas de poissons, fish dives, the whole lot. (I imagined Moby as a ballerina role, tutu and all, with a whole corps of little white whales; Juliet costumed them.)
And then someone -- quite seriously -- wrote in and said that her daughter's school in Connecticut had danced it last summer.
The other side of this coin, is if you propose a really really bad ballet, if it hasn't already been done, it will be next year. But I will offer one. I've always thought that someone (and I once had a choreographer in mind) could do a nice "Cannonade" to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Posted 06 August 2001 - 10:10 AM
A theme totally unsuited as story of a ballet - or a bad ballet with no story at all...? (Then, you can't even blame it on the subject...)
Posted 06 August 2001 - 10:42 AM
I'd thought that instead of Shades we'd have row after row of line dancers, but there's nothing particularly special or sancrosanct about line dancers, even in Texas. Our Nikki could only be -- a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader! Think of the visual impact of Cowgirl after Cowgirl high-kicking her way down the tiers of a heavenly Cowboys Stadium, waving their pom-poms in glorious synchronization.....
Of course, Gammy is the daughter of an oil-magnate-turned-President, and Billy-Jo Solor is the Cowboy's quarterback (he'll make his Act II entrance astride a mechanical bull instead of an elephant).
Haven't figured out what the parrot girls would translate to....
Posted 06 August 2001 - 11:38 AM
As for a truly bad idea, Amarcord seems pretty hard to beat.
As for a bad idea that hasn't been tried, I was actually thinking on my way to work that I was very glad I haven't seen Der Winterreise danced to. There are some works that are so self-contained that the idea of dancing to them trivializes the original.
Posted 06 August 2001 - 06:24 PM
Posted 06 August 2001 - 09:54 PM
Die Hard at the Ballet
Friday the Thirteenth Nutcracker
Dawn of the Dead Sleeping Beauty
Star Wars Episode Two: Giselle Strikes Back
Posted 06 August 2001 - 10:10 PM
I was trying to think of really LONG ballets: War and Peace (complete with battles), The Bible (Old and New Testaments complete with apocrypha), and then there could be the "NOT SUITABLE FOR THE MATINEE CROWD" versions of books by DeSade: "Justine" might be interesting!
I guess almost anything could be made into a ballet, but whether it SHOULD is another story. Those of you who read my rants some months ago about the Birmingham Royal Ballet's "Edward II" (and this list didn't exist at the time I saw the POB's "St. Sebastian" - which also would have merited a "rant") know how I feel.
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