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Selznick for a day: YOU cast "Gone With the Wind, the Ballet"

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Here is the ultimate cast:

SCARLET - Sylvie Guillem...gorgeous minx who, I'm sure, will know how to get her Rhett

RHETT - Konstantin Zaklinsky...picture him with a mustache wink.gif! Remember, in the novel, Rhett was quite a bit older than Scarlet

MELANIE - sweet Yvonne Borree (Darcey Bussell would be a second choice but she's too tall to be ideal as 'meek-and-mild')

ASHLEY - Charles Askegaard...no question about it!

MAMMY - Mark Morris in drag AND blackface.

....and in a cameo role....

AUNT PITTIPAT - Natalia Dudinskaya (currently in Boston, rehearsing Bayadere...so I'm sure she can swing down to Atlanta for this!)

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I pity the unfortunate choreographer who has to explain to Kschessinska that in the postwar scenes she cannot wear her jewelry to pick cotton.

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Not to mention having to throw up after eating some mouldy vegetable! Maybe she could just become dizzy after too many fouettes.

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My tastes are sometimes eclectic, but I would cast.......

SCARLET- Tanaquil LeClerq

RHETT - Edward Villella (on stilts)

MELANIE - Eleanor D'Antuono

ASHLEY - Erik Bruhn

SCARLET'S WHINEY SISTER (remember, Scarlet married HER boyfriend)- Gelsey Kirkland

MAMMY - Lynn Seymour (think of her in "Dancers")

PRISSY - Heather Watts

BELLE WATLING - Gloria Govrin and Karen Von Aroldigen will share the honors!

MR. O'HARA - Baryishnikov (an OLD Baryshnikov!)

MRS. O'HARA - Melissa Hayden

I don't know who would compose the score, I would have my hands full just keeping this cast together!! biggrin.gif

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All this Heather Watts talk has me seeing her as Scarlett (let's not forget the kitchen scene in Dancing on my Grave).

I'm seeing Jillana as Belle.

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Sara Leland is Belle Watling, think of her in the Explosion Polka in Vienna Waltzes and you'll see what I mean.

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could consider yvette chauvrire as scarlett, a really good balletic 'fiddle dee dee'! and as aunt pitty pat, agnes de mille.

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Yoo-hoo, Victoria, do you want to play Scarlett? You can have anyone you want for Rhett.

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Wouldn't Agnes de Mille be a little...steely for Aunt Pitty? (Too thin, too.)

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Why don't imagine a cast by POB dancer

Scarlett: Aurélie Dupont or the première danseuse : Marie-Agnès Gillot

Rhett : Kader Belarbi or Laurent Hilaire

Ashley : Manuel Legris or Jean-Guillaume Bart

Mélanie : Elisabeth Maurin is not a good choice she seems for me like Bette Davis. I will see more Delphine Moussin.

I don't know very well foreigner dancer to may an international cast.

I think unless Belarbi could be a perfect Rhett Butler, he must make a coreogragy about Wuthering Heights for POB the next year.

I don't know if he must dance in but I saw completely him as Heatcliff.

New temptation of casting ????

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I think Agnes is more the India Wilkes type, but Victoria knows her much better. Francesca Corkle would make a great Belle Watling, or should it be Nora Kaye dancing the role of Belle? Maybe they could alternate.

Having had the good fortune to see Victoria dance on stage, sur la pointe, wearing a similar dress to Scarlett's green barbecue dress, I adore the idea of Victoria as Scarlett.

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Actually, while I thought that Agnes would be perfect for Aunt Pitty Pat, there is another thought I had, and that is Lucia Chase!

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Victoria, I like your idea of Lucia Chase being in this production. I got to see her as the Queen in SWAN LAKE at ABT in 70s.

What do you think of our Mel playing Frank Kennedy? He has Civil War Whiskers.

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And besides, they make such convenient handles for partnering! You haven't lived until you've seen the muttonchop whisker-promenade! wink.gif

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Ok, all this GWTW talk made me get out the DVD and watch.

In doing so I discovered that Nina Ananiashvili looks very much like Olivia DeHavilland.

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Catherine/ Françoise, this is getting off-topic, but could you tell us more about that "Wuthering heights" by Kader Belarbi next season? Will it be a full-length ballet or a shorter ballet? What music will it use?

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