Worst idea for a new ballet
Posted 10 August 2001 - 11:56 PM
Posted 11 August 2001 - 07:44 AM
[ 08-11-2001: Message edited by: Dale ]
Posted 11 August 2001 - 09:01 AM
It does seem that a ballet to the entire cycle it would be dreadful, but a couple of the songs might work. "Der Doppelganger", for example--it is from a different cycle, but could be done like a soft-shoe, but on pointe. With a follow spot, of course--"Me and My Shadow" for Lincoln Center.
What would be intriguing is a ballet done to a good recording of the John Cage masterpiece 4'33".
Posted 11 August 2001 - 10:57 AM
Posted 11 August 2001 - 11:36 AM
Do you know what recording Taylor used?
There are a lot of great ones:
--Martha Argerich (even with her usual quota of wrong notes)
--Evgeny Kissin (a bit too classical for some)
--Stephen Drury (thought by many to be the best recording so far)
I think the choreographer would have to make those decisions, depending on how he or she is inspired by the work--and, possibly, by the pianist.
[ 08-11-2001: Message edited by: Ed Waffle ]
Posted 11 August 2001 - 09:05 PM
When the Cunningham company uses the score (The Merce Cunnngham Dance Company) someone is in the pit with it, at the piano as I recall. If there is no piano, I don't know where the musician sits, but there is a musician. Then they dance for the length of the piece.
This might seem like the Emperor's New Clothes, but it does indeed make one think about the nature of time, and our perception of it.
[ 08-11-2001: Message edited by: Nanatchka ]
Posted 11 August 2001 - 10:33 PM
Come on, gang, there are a lot more better fershtoonkener ideas for truly execrable ballets before we exhaust August, and this topic! We're actually verging on actual critical thought, and we can't have that in the Silly Season!
As to music visualization ballets: how about an abstract ballet set to Brahms' 2nd Symphony with the ballerina part cued to the second oboe?
[ 08-14-2001: Message edited by: Mel Johnson ]
Posted 13 August 2001 - 11:55 AM
Posted 13 August 2001 - 07:10 PM
Posted 13 August 2001 - 08:03 PM
Posted 13 August 2001 - 09:33 PM
Here's a REALLY lousy idea:
There's this fella, see, and he's gonna hafta get married to some gal his mom (a real pushy mom) has picked for him, and he's out hunting with the boys to take his mind off his troubles, and all of a sudden he sees this SWAN turn into a REAL WOMAN!...
What's that? It's been done? Never mind.
Posted 13 August 2001 - 10:34 PM
...or, just for fun, "Tropic of Cancer" ;)
Posted 14 August 2001 - 08:58 PM
Posted 14 August 2001 - 11:59 PM
Is this horrible enough for you? I won't inflict a John Cage "Score" on you: the stage manager would quit after filing a suit for harrassment (I don't know of any full-length ballet to a Cage score). A few minutes is all the SM would be able to tolerate. Now Philip Glass is certainly a possibility! Perhaps mixed-media would also work. Any suggestions for choreographer? If we can pick one no longer with us, MacMillan might do a credible job. Any ideas for casting??
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