The original "Sylvia" ????
Posted 17 January 2003 - 02:38 AM
Film 1: Sylvia, France. 1876/1919 at the Paris Opera. Choreography by Louis Merante Leo Staats. Music by Leo Delibes. "
Found on the Kennedy Centre site for June screening of rare ballet film.
WHAT o WHAT is this ? Has someone found the original Sylvia ?????????????
Posted 17 January 2003 - 07:43 AM
There was a revival 15-20 years ago (forget the date, sorry) by Darsonval. I believe it was when Violette Verdy was director, but someone may correct me on that.
Jackson saw it and was fascinated by it. (Others were less so, and, as always when there is a revival, there were questions of its authenticity.)
Jackson wrote about the revival for DanceView, but I don't have an electronic copy. It's on my To Do list to scan in and put on the main site some day, but not for the next two months!
The film was shown at the Dance Critics Association a few years ago and it didn't cause a stampede to revive the ballet again. I haven't seen it, but am looking forward to this festival and will report then.
Did anyone see the revival? Estelle will have much better information, I'm sure.
Posted 17 January 2003 - 07:48 AM
It was the traditionnal version with fauns, nymphs, and all the antic hellenistic pictures, but it was a lovely version, a few up-dated but... so cute to see ;) !
Posted 17 January 2003 - 07:53 AM
"antic" in English - it's a very old word, now rather out of usage - means "frolicking" or "capering about" - related to our current expression "getting up to wild antics". Shakespeare was very fond of it, being of an antic disposition himself !
As it so happens, though I s'pose you meant antique, or ancient, antic is HIGHLY suited to the subject of "Sylvia" ! Comme quoi !
Posted 17 January 2003 - 08:13 AM
I've never seen it, I just remember seeing some cute photographs of Noella Pontois and Michael Denard in it. By the way, it is frustrating to know that until the mid-1980s, the French public TV (well, back then all channels were public) regularly showed some ballet, and moreover at a decent hour (not at 2 AM), while now there's nearly nothing, and such videos are impossible to see...
Posted 17 January 2003 - 08:30 AM
(Katharine, I'm reasonably sure that "antic" was meant to be "antique.")
Posted 17 January 2003 - 10:38 AM
Posted 17 January 2003 - 10:45 AM
Sylvia is so up-dated, that it becomes "cute", as Estelle said, Michael Denard, or Jean-Yves Lormeau in hellenistic dress is funny and old-fashioned. But personally I love also Neumeier's version than Darsonval's one.
And I think we could see the old version with a certain pleasure !
And I'm sorry for my english !
Posted 17 January 2003 - 11:32 AM
Estelle, yes, I can see what you mean. Costume can date things more than anything, I think.
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