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About booklover6

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    Ballet Alert!

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  1. It was not just the ballets Stravinsky composed that is important for Balanchine, but the fact that it led to Balanchine's creative impulse being inspired to use Stravinsky's music in total for some 35 works(including reworkings of earlier works.) This I believe makes Stravinsky historically more significant to Balanchine oeuvre than Tchaikovsky although I am not sure how many works Balanchine choreographed to Tchaikovsky but surely not many more than ten. The ballet audiences began to move on from Tchaikovsky a hundred years ago with the advent of Diaghilev. Alongside concert hall and opera
  2. ....and here is a link to some stuff if you want to see them in action! Don Q teaser
  3. I haven't heard of this one....must look it out.....although I still think Keith Money's biography of Pavlova is the definitive work.
  4. I don't believe it would have made much difference at all. The ballets he composed for were the results of many artists collaborating under the direction of Diaghilev. Who knows....another composer may have done as well! I actually believe Tchaikovsky had more impact, in that the ballets he composed for were more effective in promoting popularity of the artform, because of the music. I think ballet would be exactly where it is now if Stravinsky had never written for it, but not if Tchaikovsky hadn't.
  5. Thanks Carbro .....I popped a new topic about the RNZB, with a link to their website, over in Companies, for those of you who want to know more.
  6. The Royal New Zealand Ballet was begun by Poul Gnatt, the Danish dancer, in 1953. It is a top little company of 32 dancers and is currently touring in China. Their Artistic Director, Gary Harris, staged his own version of Don Quixote at the end of last year to celebrate Sir Jon Trimmer's 50 years in NZ ballet. Here is a link to their website.......... www.nzballet.org.nz
  7. I was alerted to this site by a friend on a classical music forum because we have a mutual interest in ballet. I am heavily involved in The Friends of The Royal New Zealand Ballet. We have 8 branches around the country and raise about $80,000 annually towards the cost of dancers shoes. Anyone here ever seen them? They are a great little company....touring in China at the moment!
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