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Pamela Moberg

European Prodigal Son

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I wonder if someone has seen the ballet "The Prodigal Son" - music

by Hugo Alfven and choreography by Ivo Cramer?

Folkloristic stuff, except for the ballerina role "The Queen of Rich Araby" which is danced on pointes.

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I haven't seen it, but do have a news bulletin for you :) The Royal Swedish Ballet will revive Cramer's "Prodigal Son" this year. Check their web site -- it's an interesting season. Quirky, but interesting. Their Swan Lake is billed as "a classical ballet, traditionally staged." I don't know if that's a warning or an enticement. And they have a program from the '50s (the Cramer is on that) and some interesting mixed bills. Not the usual fare.

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Encouraging about "Prodigal Son".

Otherwise, I do not know... You know my feelings about updating classics - Hamlet in sneakers - Giselle in luny bin - etc. etc. etc.

However, I think I will speak to Mr. Cramer first, and then report.

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Yes, I remember your posts on updating classics, Pamela -- and it seems as though this Swan Lake has NOT been updated.

We'll await your report on Mr. Cramer with interest.

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I haven't seen the ballet, but I've heard excerpts from the score, and remember photographs of the original production. It looked to me a bit like the production concept was based on a cross of children's pantomime and a stylized medieval mystery play. From what little I know, I'm intrigued by it.:)

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Mel, continue to be intrigued for a few days more. I am working flat out now ( end of term. finish of courses - I feel rather dead - in addition I am selling Christmas trees from my plantation). Now, there is work about 20 hours a day.

Otherwise, applauds from the wilds of Sweden about your care of original titles etc.

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