Jump to content
miliosr

Your Desert Island Triple Bill

Recommended Posts

Since these are the dog days of summer and there isn't much happening at the moment (and since we could all use a break from the events of the last week), here's a game to play. What would be your 'desert island' triple bill? The rules of the game are:

 

1) Triple bill means triple bill -- you can only pick three works.

2) You can only give one triple bill.

3) You're under no obligation to name a company to perform your desert island triple bill. Alternately, you can name a company or multiple companies (i.e. the recent 'Super' Jewels in New York) if you so choose.

4) Finally and most importantly -- you can't critique someone else's choices. This is meant to be a fun game!

 

Here's my desert island triple bill:

 

Repetitive Motion

1) La Bayadere - The Kingdom of the Shades (Makarova's 1974 staging for ABT)

2) Bolero (1961) - Maurice Bejart

3) Glass Pieces (1983) - Jerome Robbins

 

Happy playing!

 

 

Share this post


Link to post

Oooh, big fun!  I'll have to mull this over -- there are so many options! 

 

But in the meantime, I like your theme.  The last time I saw Glass Pieces, it was the opener rather than the closer.  I'll have to think about that.

 

Share this post


Link to post

My triple bill is a Bayreth triple bill:

 

Liebeslieder Walzer

 

1.25 hour intermission with full dinner

 

Episodes

 

40-minute intermission with dessert and cheese course and drinks*

 

Symphony in C

 

*If they don't do this at Bayreth, they should.

Share this post


Link to post
7 hours ago, Helene said:

My triple bill is a Bayreth triple bill:

 

Liebeslieder Walzer

 

1.25 hour intermission with full dinner

 

Episodes

 

40-minute intermission with dessert and cheese course and drinks*

 

Symphony in C

 

*If they don't do this at Bayreth, they should.

 

Maybe they don't, but they certainly do at Glyndebourne.   Apart from the restaurants, you can take picnics out onto the lawn, bringing your own tables and chairs and you can choose a spot next to the gardens, the lake, or sit by the ha-ha with the sheep on the other side.   Although the stage is big enough they don't stage ballets I'm afraid.

 

Triple bill

 

Les Sylphides

Scene de Ballet (Ashton)

Raymonda Act III (Nureyev RB version)

Share this post


Link to post
12 hours ago, Helene said:

My triple bill is a Bayreth triple bill:

.....

 

*If they don't do this at Bayreth, they should.

 

Helene, where is Bayreth? Is this the same as Bayreuth in Germany (Wagner Festival)?

 

My triple bill -

 

Sylphides/Chopiniana

Theme and Variations

Napoli Act III (my favorite closer ever)

Share this post


Link to post

My two cents:

 

Jewels is all I need, but I would never tire of Glass Pieces. My third would be a toss up between Allegro Brillante and Theme and Variations. And if I could have my ideal cast it would be New York City Ballet with Tiler Peck or Megan Fairchild in Allegro Brillante or T and V. Dream on!

Share this post


Link to post
2 hours ago, CharlieH said:

Helene, where is Bayreth? Is this the same as Bayreuth in Germany (Wagner Festival)?

Yes, indeed.  And I spelled it wrong.  Twice.  :wub:.

Share this post


Link to post

I doubt if this would work for anyone else as a single program, but it’s my island.

 

Artifact Suite
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Kingdom of the Shades

Share this post


Link to post
15 hours ago, Helene said:

My triple bill is a Bayreth triple bill:

 

Liebeslieder Walzer

 

1.25 hour intermission with full dinner

 

Episodes

 

40-minute intermission with dessert and cheese course and drinks*

 

Symphony in C

 

*If they don't do this at Bayreth, they should.

 

Menus?

Share this post


Link to post

I think we should set up our desert islands like condo time shares and travel from one to another.

Share this post


Link to post
3 hours ago, Helene said:

I think we should set up our desert islands like condo time shares and travel from one to another.

 

Bingo -- cultural tourism!

Share this post


Link to post
5 hours ago, Helene said:

Yes, indeed.  And I spelled it wrong.  Twice.  :wub:.

 

Sorrrrry!!! I honestly thought that it was a cutely-named new outdoor arts venue near Seattle...like Wolf Trap in DC or ArtPark in upstate NY (if that's still there).

Share this post


Link to post

Considering how many Rings have been produced in Seattle, it would be just the kind of thing we'd do :)

Share this post


Link to post

Serenade

Tchai pas & Tarantella (OK that's two but they are short)

Stravinsky Violin Concerto

 

All Balanchine, but if I think of a limited number of ballets I couldn't do without, thats how it works out. I could substitute Symphony in C or Symphony in Three Movements for Stravinsky Violin. And I could go with Allegro Brilliant instead of Serenade. No meals included!

Share this post


Link to post

Symphony in C

A Month in the Country

Symphony in Three Movements

 

I thought about trading the Ashton for Concerto Barocco or Serenade and/or trading Symphony in Three Movements for Four Temperaments...but I think on a desert Island I could use one character based ballet  (Month) and one shot of pure face-the-cosmos Adrenalin (Symphony in Three Movements). I am taking "desert island" literally because it helps narrow the choices.

 

Edited because I just reread the rules, and see that I don't get to give my nineteenth-century triple bill as well. But in some moods I think it's a Petipa/Ivanov medley that would suit me best on a desert island where that was the only ballet I would ever see. The program I have in mind is perhaps more like dessert island ...

Edited by Drew

Share this post


Link to post
45 minutes ago, Drew said:

 The program I have in mind is perhaps more like dessert island ...

 

Oh snap!

Share this post


Link to post

I'm still mulling this over.  I think Green Table or Dark Elegies in the middle, and probably 4 Ts to close, but I'm really vacillating on the opener.

Share this post


Link to post

What kind of island is this? Prospero's? Morel of Bioy-Casares?  New Yorker cartoonists'?

 

I'm listing ballets I've seen often without getting tired of. And Faure/Scarlatti or Donizetti/Stravinsky I wouldn't mind hearing over and over (Bizet would drive me crazy). –

 

1. Emeralds

2. Donzetti Variations or Seven Sonatas

3. Violin Concerto

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
4 hours ago, Quiggin said:

I'm listing ballets I've seen often without getting tired of. And Faure/Scarlatti or Donizetti/Stravinsky I wouldn't mind hearing over and over (Bizet would drive me crazy). –

 

 

Good point -- it's got to be a score you can live with.

Share this post


Link to post

I'm going to do themed triple bills:

 

1. Piano Masterworks:

- Concerto DSCH

- Symphonic Variations

- Ballet Imperial/Piano Concerto #2

 

2. American Songs

- Company B

- Nine Sinatra Songs

- Who Cares?

 

3. Symphonic Masterpieces

- Symphony in Three Movements

- Symphony #9

- Symphony in C

 

4. Animal Planet

- The Cage

- Firebird

- Cloven Kingdom

 

5. Philip Glass 

- In Creases

- Glass Pieces

- In the Upper Room

 

6. Chopin Double Bill

- Dances at a Gathering

- Month in the Country

Edited by canbelto

Share this post


Link to post

Ok, I think I've got it.

 

Monotones I and II (honestly, they're two parts of the same work)

Green Table

4 T's

 

(could be convinced to swap Dark Elegies for Green Table -- I'm feeling political this year)

Share this post


Link to post
6 hours ago, canbelto said:

I'm going to do themed triple bills:

 

1. Piano Masterworks:

- Concerto DSCH

- Symphonic Variations

- Ballet Imperial/Piano Concerto #2

 

2. American Songs

- Company B

- Nine Sinatra Songs

- Who Cares?

 

3. Symphonic Masterpieces

- Symphony in Three Movements

- Symphony #9

- Symphony in C

 

4. Animal Planet

- The Cage

- Firebird

- Cloven Kingdom

 

5. Philip Glass 

- In Creases

- Glass Pieces

- In the Upper Room

 

6. Chopin Double Bill

- Dances at a Gathering

- Month in the Country

 

Somehing of a desert archipelago....

Edited by Drew

Share this post


Link to post

1. Concerto Barocco

2. Liebeslieder Walzer

3. The Four Temperaments

 

I wouldn't want to live without any of them. Barocco and the 4Ts were hugely influential in my ballet-going development, and I couldn't survive a desert island without Brahms.

Share this post


Link to post
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×