Give It a Rest!
Posted 07 February 2003 - 06:29 PM
If you were World Commissioner of Ballet and had the power to ban all performances of any ballet with the titles listed above, by any choreographer, for a period of, say, five years, which would it be?
(Of course, we all acknowledge the importance of a continuous performance tradition. But this is spleen talking in this thread. )
Posted 07 February 2003 - 06:35 PM
Seriously, I think there are ballets that need a rest, and when we see them again we'll be ever so grateful. Both for the rest, and to see them again. I have a long hit list, but I'll take the 5th.
Posted 07 February 2003 - 06:59 PM
(And I've even designed one; but I still hate it.)
Posted 07 February 2003 - 07:07 PM
I'd like The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude more if I saw it a bit less, too.
Posted 07 February 2003 - 07:12 PM
There is the "Flavor of the Month" problem. Every season, there seem to be four or five companies doing a ballet that has been out of rep for awhile, as though some giant, underground bazaar is havng a sale. This year it's "Rodeo" and "Slaughter" in the regions and "Jewels" in the majors. And the regional companies are beginning to acquire "Jewels" too -- it's becoming the new status raiser, I think, the way "Swan Lake" was in the 1960s and "Sleeping B" was in the 1970s or '80s.
One year at the Kennedy Center, we had seven -- count 'em -- seven companies doing "Swan Lake." One of them did it seven times.
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