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  1. Winter 2018

    I actually really enjoyed The Unanswered Question. Loved the music, and the odd sets and costumes (I remember an old fashioned bicycle) seemed to fit the quirkiness. It was done orignally for the American Music Festival with some dancers from Feld's company (Buffy Miller rode the bicycle) and as I remember, it was one of Damian Woetzel's first major roles. It did come back a few years later and I saw it as often as I could, but I was certainly in the minority!
  2. Royal Ballet Giselle

    Mashinka, I was at the Collier and Eagling R&J too. It was just stunning. I remember a picture of a curtain call in Dancing Times, and they were both had tears in their eyes.
  3. Winter 2018

    It's from Peter Martins' "Barber Violin Concerto"--Mearns was part of the classical duo and Jared Angle was the modern male dancer.
  4. Pavlova film

    For New Yorkers, the Film Forum is showing the Anna Pavlova film Dumb Girl of Portici on September 16th. http://filmforum.org/film/the-dumb-girl-of-portico-lois-weber-film
  5. Jewels in The Economist

    The blog is called Prospero "An enchanting mix of literary insight and cultural commentary, in the spirit of the hero of “The Tempest”, which seems just a bit of a stretch!
  6. Great dancers&great choreography

    I can't remember all the details, but there was a story of a mistress talking to an older man about a younger mistress, saying I am better looking, etc., etc., than she was, yet you can't forget her. What did she have that I don't? And he said "She had my youth". That's what I feel when I think of the dancers I saw in my 20's (Sibley, Dowell, Beriosova, etc.)
  7. ABT 2017 Giselle

    I didn't see the Pacific Northwest Ballet version that tried to go back to the original French sources, unfortunately, but Doug Fullington has said that the original first act Giselle was quite spunky, not the one-foot-in-the-grave Gorey cartoon we sometimes see. (My words, not his!)
  8. NYCB 2017-2018 Season

    When Robbins revived it in 1998 they used a recording, so maybe they will go back to that--not that I think they should, but it would be cheaper. Mary
  9. Balanchine, Shakespeare and narrative

    I agree that Prodigal Son, Sonambula, etc. are good stories, but Balanchine didn't come up with them--he was given the libretti, and for Prodigal Son and Sonambula, also given the designs. I think he was much better at suggesting stories (or emotions), like the Rosenkavalier section or Liebeslieder than an actual story. Scotch Symphony, lovely though it is, really only makes poetic sense--who is the Scotch girl and why does she disappear, why do the male corps separate the sylph and the man who isn't called James at one moment and dance around with them another?
  10. Balanchine, Shakespeare and narrative

    For me there are wonderful things in Balanchine's Midsummer, but as a cohesive work of art, I think Ashton's is better. It is certainly tighter, with the drama seamlessly taking place in one location, as the characters come and go. (For me, Balanchine's story can be summarized as "meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Oberon too was dancing.") There are so many little things that frustrate me about Balanchine's telling the story--for a start, why does Oberon have to mime the same words twice, with no variation? Who is the male dancer Titania does that wonderful dance with, and why is he there? Balanchine has Oberon dance a phenomenal scherzo, but it really has no relation to the plot, while Ashton's scherzo for Oberon is propels the story. Ashton's Bottom is so much richer than Balanchine's comic one, with that amazing scene when he remembers what happened--Grant used to make me cry. I think Ashton's dance for Bottom and Titania is more magical too. Balanchine goes for the comedy, with Titania and Bottom staring deadpan at the audience, very funny, yes, but Ashton has us see Bottom through Titania's eyes, and it's such a rueful, bittersweet moment--as I wrote about it once, who of us hasn't looked at a donkey and seen a prince. And wonderful though Balanchine's second act is, it really has no relation with the first one. It could be danced on its own and would make perfect sense. And I am probably a party of one, but I find that the little bugs rapidly exceed my cute quota. '
  11. Marcelo Gomes

    Sarasota Ballet just sent out a press release saying that Gomes will be dancing the young man in Ashton's "Two Pigeons" Friday March 10 and Saturday night, March 11.
  12. I remember a friend, a real Balanchine uber alles type, being very upset when NYCB first did Sleeping Beauty, since she loathed story ballets. I wasn't that excited either, since I didn't think they would be able to dance it. We went to the first night, and loved every minute of it, especially the three Aurora solos, which looked very similar to the Royal Ballet ones I remembered. My friend was amazed--"They look just like Balanchine" she kept saying.
  13. 2016-17 Bolshoi cinema season

    I saw it back in the day, too, and the only dancer I remember was Mukmedhov and the Bolshoi male corps, who were spectacular. I am so glad I got to see the Bolshoi when men were men, and I never forgot the male corps dancing with brooms, using them like acrobats. I do have this vision of all the corps swinging on their brooms, legs extended, but my memory may have embellished that over the years! Mukmedhov was not elegant (very stiff upper body) but my gosh did he throw himself into the role, with such a pure heart. It's hard to imaging anyone else making what is really a cartoon so heroic. Mary
  14. It tuns out that Symphony Space won't be showing the Royal Opera House broadcasts next season, so I don't think they will be available anywhere in New York.
  15. The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    The Maryinsky (I think it was still the Kirov then) did bring Fountain to New York a number of years ago. I saw Zakarova and Part as the heroine (forget her name) and Lopatkina and Assylmerotova as the heavy, and just loved it. It is one ballet I can't see anyone but Russians doing, though.