Posted 29 January 2003 - 07:18 PM
I found him unusual and interesting in "The Red Shoes".
Did anyone at BA ever meet him?
Any stories, anyone?
Posted 30 January 2003 - 11:51 AM
Posted 30 January 2003 - 07:17 PM
Petrouchka crowd scenes are fun.
I know that Massine added his own touches to the Joffrey production at one point, and then they were taken out because they were not original.
I was at a party in 1977, in San Francisco. Massine was sitting, speaking with Robert Joffrey and Agnes DeMille. I didn't dare go near them, but I did watch.
I do love the snippet from "Boutique Fantastique" in "The Red Shoes.
Posted 04 February 2003 - 12:57 PM
Massine as I recall was very old, until he hit the studio. There he was a force and so exact in what he wanted. Endless energy and drive. Very inspiring to watch him move and act with eyes that could drill a hole through anything.
I also remember him a gentleman to the ladies and very gruff with us lower members - polite but watch out if you did not get it fast enough.
It was a lesson in human capacity, working with that energy in the studio and then bringing him lunch in Mr. Joffrey's back office where he sat huddled over the desk and looking very tired.
Posted 14 February 2003 - 06:45 PM
Any stories about "Parade"?
Posted 14 February 2003 - 08:13 PM
If a company put on a Massine festival -- put all the resources under the heavens into that festival and gave us Massine as Massine would want us to see him -- would we say, "Oh, thank you! A lost choreographer restored to us!" or is he out of time now? (If the latter is true, he may well be back in time in another 20 years or so, so I'd be very happy for that festival to preserve the works.)
Posted 25 March 2003 - 03:04 PM
glebb, I liked him in "The Red Shoes," too. Yes, it's a silly role, but he's still a striking presence. When I first saw the movie, I had no notion of who any of these people were except for Anton Walbrook, but as soon as I saw Massine I thought, "who's that?" (As opposed to Helpmann, about whom I thought, what's he doing there, couldn't they get a real dancing lead?) And that moment at the end, when the ballerina is dead and the show goes on without her, he holds out the shoes as if to say, "Who's next? Who'll take the chance?" and for me it's one of those eerie indelible moments.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 03:41 PM
Around 1995, the Ballet de Nice had done a Massine program, if I remember correctly it included at least "Le Beau Danube", Massine's version of "The Rite of Spring" and "Parade" (and perhaps something else). I think that it was in the period when Jean-Albert Cartier was its director, and tried to enlarge its repertory (if I remember correctly, they also danced Ashton's "Les deux pigeons", it's so rare to see some Ashton in France!) Unfortunately, since then the direction has changed several time, the company has shrunk, and now they only dance some home productions of full-length works- and no French company dances Massine works...
Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:11 PM
Zeeva Cohen, head of Princeton Dance program will use student dancers ..."The dance is about trying to capture the common man in the streets...it is not supertechnical, except for the lead couple." One interesting aside to all this: it seems that Diaghilev tried to get Kasian Goleizovsky from Moscow to choreograph it, but had no luck and gave it to Masssine.
Posted 24 February 2004 - 07:02 PM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 01:01 AM
I was sorry to have missed the Joffrey revival of that symphonic work (I've scared the name out of myself...) -- I've read so much about it and mulled over the photos, but would love to see something move.
I think the emphasis on character in Massine's work might do well today -- there's a section of the dance audience that responds to those kinds of elements -- but the cultural references (especially in things like Gaite) would be difficult for a literal-minded audience.
Posted 26 February 2004 - 04:26 AM
Posted 26 February 2004 - 11:50 AM
The symphonic work I think you reference is "Les Presages".
Mulling this topic over again I started thinking about the emphasis Massine placed on character dancing, and how many roles he created using that material. Those skills seem undervalued today, so that when we do get a ballet that asks dancers to make distinctions between different national dances, it often turns into mush.
Posted 01 March 2004 - 02:27 PM
Anyway, I might have told this story before on this board, please forgive me for repeating myself.
Anyway, in 1956 or 7, I was a pupil in the theater school - Massine was invited to mount "Gaitee Parisienne" and "Les Sylphides" and something more. I went through my old programs but could not find that one, of course. I usually pride myself on keeping things in order, but obviously not...
Anyway, this 1956 or 57 - here we had a choreographer of world repute who came to a hole in the wall with dancers to match (OK, I know I am being cruel here, but I am also honest). What on earth brought him to Gothenburg? The theater was a municipal one, it couldnt have been the money...
I will never understand this, but at least I have glimpsed a bit of ballet history which I treasure to this day. Yes, folks, I saw him live!!!
Still can't believe it to this day - such a bit of dance history :mondieu:
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