Peter Schaufuss web site
Posted 29 December 2002 - 06:51 PM
This company has gotten excellent reviews in Denmark -- all ballet should be like this, this is new, this is what the RDB should be doing, why don't we ever get anything neat like this in Copenhagen, etc. It's a tiny company, yet they do all three Tchaikovsky ballets -- big hits in Paris, I think. I don't think they've come to America yet.
Do click on Nyheder (news) and see a shot from his latest work, a ballet about Princess Diana.
The ballets seem to be, well, topical. "Midnight Express," "Elvis the King." If you click on the Forestillinger Link (repertory? something like that) you'll see a list down the left side of the ballets (all by Schaufuss).
NYCB fans might be interested in clicking on H.C. Andersen -- I think you'll recognize a dancer.
KATHARINE KANTER, ARE YOU READING THIS? You must, must, must click on Kermessen. But only if there are no sharp objects around, all windows are locked, and you are not eating or drinking anything that could choke you if you happened to swallow hastily. (It's the Kermesse en Bruges, redone for a new century. In an unpublished interview with Allan Ulrich, Schaufuss said he was preparing a "Kermesse in Bosnia." I can't see any indications of Bosnia, but it does look different.)
Posted 30 December 2002 - 06:51 AM
I loved the movie "Midnight Express"... Don't you think it would be a boost to increasing a broader and newer audience base if this company came to the US and performed in places and ways that might cast a larger net... I would be very excited to see them.
Posted 30 December 2002 - 07:01 AM
Don't you think it would be a boost to increasing a broader and newer audience base if this company came to the US and performed in places and ways that might cast a larger net
Posted 30 December 2002 - 07:11 AM
Posted 30 December 2002 - 07:20 AM
But I still think there could be a possibility for something good.
I'm not talking about redoing the classics though!
Posted 30 December 2002 - 07:53 AM
And, let's redo all the classics so we're never bereft of The King.
Giselle could be reset to some trailer-park down South where Giselle captures The King's attention because she's the only girl he hasn't had his way with. Yet. And the Wilis would be made up entirely of gals The King has loved and left. Of course, by the end of the ballet they're all in love with him again, because, well, he's the King.
And I'm sure Peter Schaufuss in his heyday could've danced Theme and Variations while holding a guitar and wearing shades. In blue suede ballet shoes.
The Elvis Nutcracker would be set, of course, in Las Vegas. Drosselmeyer would be The Old Fat Elvis, reincarnated (see, Mel, this should make you happy!) as the Young Hip Elvis after the battle with mice. Instead of the Kingdom of Sweets, we'd have the Land of Greasy, Fried, Cholesterol-Laden Heart-Attack Food, which would start with dancing biscuits instead of angels. I'm sure I don't need to fill in all the rest of the blanks....
Dear God, that's enough for one morning.
Posted 30 December 2002 - 08:01 AM
can't. . .resist. . .
The "Elvis" version of Sleeping Beauty. . .
Aurora (called "Rory" by her folks) after a HUGE meal of peanut-butter fried squirrel lies down for her post-prandial nap. A few dainty burps escape her lips as she settles into slumber.
Care to work in Elvis, Manhattnik?
Posted 30 December 2002 - 08:08 AM
From the photos -- I've only seen bits of "Hamlet," and that's on video -- Schaufuss looks as though he is a blend of Eifmanian ideas and Forsythian high energy aerobics. And he might be very, very popular. He's on record as saying that he wants to bring ballet to as large a crowd as possible, as in football stadiums. For that, you'd need a burping Elvis and lots and lots of simulated sex.
Posted 30 December 2002 - 08:51 AM
rhinestones. Some of his "women" can be the muses. I would cast Elvis as the Lilac Fairy and he could put the court to sleep with pills.
Alexandra, is that Adam Luders in H.C. Andersen?
A ballet about Princess Diana? Yick!
Posted 30 December 2002 - 08:54 AM
I think the poppers Sleeping Beauty might have a future. Unfortunately.
The Princess Diana and Elvis ballets are what made me think of Eifman -- the side of Eifman who has his finger on the popular pulse. The Princess Diana ballet may have been intended for a London audience, as Schaufuss was hugely popular in London both as a dancer and as director of English National Ballet (where he had an excellent artistic staff backing him up )
It just dawned on me -- Elvis and Diana: a Love Story Beyond Eternity. Now THAT would play in football stadiums on both side of the pond.
Posted 30 December 2002 - 09:13 AM
Posted 30 December 2002 - 10:45 PM
Yet Schaufuss is the one who persuaded Ashton to revive his "Romeo and Juliet" (and now owns the rights and the costumes for it, yet has choreographed his own version) and who provided shelter for the Ashton choreography that Dowell threw out of the Royal Ballet production when he staged his own version.
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