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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 26 December 2002 - 01:01 PM

well, tabloids have headlines, too.

"Scientist To Clone 5 U.S. Presidents.
News Readers get to pick."
The photos included Lincoln and FDR, and then I averted my eyes:)

Better than the People's Choice Awards! I thought we should have a chance to play, too.

If the scientist has an interest in ballet -- or perhaps the First Runner Up Scientist; we can't be picky -- and you could pick 3 ballet people (choreographers, dancers, whatever) from the past to clone -- not bring back as little old men, but reborn, ready to apply their genius to today's troubled times -- who wouldl they be?

(I am not making this up. Check it out when you go to the grocery store. It's the one with the screaming headline: 'Hitler's Whacky Predictions" which included "internet porn and the rise of J.Lo." I wish I wrote for a tabloid. It would be so much more FUN than writing about dance.!)

#2 sylvia

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Posted 26 December 2002 - 01:10 PM

Ooh, I'm about to run out the door but I couldn't resist, easily my picks would include Ashton and MacMillan. I would love, love, love to see what they could create on the dancers we have today, on Rojo, Kobborg, Cojocaru and Acosta... I'd love to see what Ashton would make of Sylvie Guillem! And what of her Marguerite (and Armand)? And hear what their views would be on all the issues in ballet at the moment - the internationlization of companies like the RB, how they would bring in new and younger audiences, see how their choreography would adapt to all these changes, that dancers are more athletic than they've ever been, the tendency towards over-extensions, etc, etc... and to see new work by them would make up just a little bit for all the ballets that are being 'lost' that I will never see.

Can we choose composers as well?

#3 Alexandra

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Posted 26 December 2002 - 01:11 PM

Why not, Sylvia? In the spirit of the holidays, we should be generous! :)

#4 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 07:54 AM

hmmm

petipa
balanchine
ashton
vaganova
nijinsky

#5 Alexandra

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 07:58 AM

greedy. Good list, but greedy :)

#6 Mary J

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 01:04 PM

Kronstam
Nureyev
Bruhn

talk about greedy

#7 Alexandra

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 01:11 PM

I'd like to give Fokine another shot, with a company this time. The others I revere -- dancers or choreographers -- would take one look, turn around and run, I fear, except possibly

Balanchine, who is the one choreographer who could adapt to any age.

And I'd be very curious to see how the Vestris family would make out in New York :) That's very greedy, because there were about a dozen oof them, but they'd share a room.

#8 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 01:19 PM

I certainly concur with the others already mentioned, but if we've got room -

Vera Volkova
Lincoln Kirstein
Bronislava Nijinska

We need teachers and patrons too. And Nijinska, just because I want to see if there could have been more - or was Les Noces and Les Biches really it?

#9 Alexandra

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 01:33 PM

Kirstein -- good clone. Since my Vestris family suggestion was out of deviltry and curiosity, I'd trade them for Lincoln, with his vision and selflessness.

I'd like to see what Nijinska would do, too, although she might well have been a modern dancer/choreographer rather than a ballet one had she joined the firmament at a later time. That, too, would have been interesting to see.

#10 Jane Simpson

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 02:25 PM

Tchaikowsky
Fokine
Nureyev

#11 Giannina

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 04:36 PM

Among others, John Cranko.

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 07:16 PM

I hate to ask, but can one really clone the dead? Doesn't the cell have to be living? Which would be a different question. But let's see.
Tannaquil LeClerq (who will dance into old age)
Balanchine
Bournonville
Igor Youskevitch
Erik Bruhn
Stanley Williams
Is that too many? If we're back to presidents, I'd like to see Thomas Jefferson.

#13 Alexandra

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 07:29 PM

Of course one can clone the dead! Anything is possible...a hang of hair....

#14 Mel Johnson

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 08:17 PM

If you have a complete DNA sequence intact, from either a living or a dead source, it is theoretically possible to clone a replicant of the donor. I don't know that anybody has done anything above microorganisms with dead donors. Dolly the sheep was the most complex organism ever positively known to be cloned to date.

#15 Alexandra

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Posted 27 December 2002 - 08:31 PM

Mel, it's a tabloid. Truth is not part of the equation!!! :)


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