Silliness: So what do people DO in those ballet villages?
Posted 05 November 2001 - 01:28 PM
Posted 06 November 2001 - 03:03 PM
In Alicia Alonso's production of Giselle for the Paris Opera, Giselle's mother ran some kind of a dressmaking establishment. And to judge by the number of girls who went into her cottage and the size of the building, it was clearly a sweatshop!
Posted 06 November 2001 - 06:31 PM
"Another, related query: why is the population of ballet peasant villages 98% in the 17-24 year age bracket?"
Because that is the age of the actual dancers?
Posted 06 November 2001 - 06:48 PM
Posted 10 November 2001 - 07:29 PM
A point about Coppelia, set in a village in Eastern Europe - it includes a Call to Arms for the men in Act 3 (during the Festival of the Bell). The premiere was in Paris on 25th May 1870. On 15th July 1870 the Franco-Prussian War began, which led to revolution in Paris, the end of the Second Empire, and the proclamation of the 3rd Republic....
Posted 10 November 2001 - 09:21 PM
Re: the Glazunov Seasons- I've seen photos (only a couple) from the original production, and it looked to me like Petipa had returned to the ballets of his youth, or even of his teacher's day, with much allegory going on, but in nice academically correct fashion.
And also a big yes to the Call to Arms in Coppélia. The Franco-Prussian War led to the Siege of Paris and the demise of many of the original personnel from the original production of the ballet. I've often wondered if some of the disjointedness in the Act III divertissement wasn't at least partially attributable to that fact.
(ps. Radishes come in both early and late, so you can start and end the garden with them. Just avoid hot weather - makes 'em bolt to seed too fast, and the radishes are too sharp to eat if it's too hot!)
[ November 10, 2001: Message edited by: Mel Johnson ]
Posted 19 November 2001 - 09:44 AM
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Posted 21 November 2001 - 11:10 AM
Obviously itinerant mazurka-dancer is a venerable profession in ballet-dom.
Posted 26 November 2001 - 02:41 AM
I would like to know how the Poles, or Hungarians, or both got into Bruges.
Posted 26 November 2001 - 07:05 AM
Posted 26 November 2001 - 07:34 AM
[ November 26, 2001: Message edited by: Mme. Hermine ]
Posted 26 November 2001 - 01:31 PM
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