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ronny

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  1. If we could go back in time... and if you were the one who was in charge of the decision, who would you pick to write the music for Cinderella? Sergei Prokofiev is a valid choice of course. One composer for the ballroom scene and maybe someone else for the rest of it. Or just one composer for the whole thing. One composer or more, any way you want to do it. Who would you pick to write the music for Cinderella?
  2. What are the good trends you notice in the ballet world?
  3. The group of ghosts seen in the second act of Giselle is pronounced "Willies" but is often spelled "Wilis". I always thought it was "Wilis" but I recently put both spellings in a search engine WITH the word "Giselle" and I got a greater number of results with "Willies"!! So which spelling is correct? It almost seems like nobody knows for sure. My guess is that the one version is based on the history of the word and the other is used so that the person reading the word can pronounce it correctly. That is my take on it so far. One version is "proper" and the other is "practical".
  4. I didn't know what to expect since I was told that the Moskow Ballet company wasn't so great. And, Panama City (Florida) is a small town and not a cultural haven. So I didn't expect much... but I went anyway. Holy Smokes! Look at the crowd! 2500 people came to the "Marina Civic Center" in a town with a population of 36,000. Many could not get tickets since they had sold out. Well, so what, its the Nutcracker, a traditional favorite. So I still wasn't convinced that I was going see anything great. I had seen a TV comercial about this production and the costumes were rather garish and
  5. Wonderful. This is a great help and this discussion of the title is also something that I needed to know about. Thanks again.
  6. I'm doing research on the "Dying Swan" ballet music. I am getting two different stories on this piece of music... one is that the "dying swan" was composed by Saint-Saens in response to a request from a particular dancer. In other words, it was written FOR a famous ballet dancer. The other story comes from a music web site and this said that Saint-Saens composed the series of pieces "the animals" as a sort of private joke that he first shared with his composer friends and "the Swan" just happened to be one of those compositions. So does anyone know which one of these is the more accurate
  7. Thanks Alexandra for that explanation of the "Giselle from Hell" post. I feel good about it now knowing that it is serving a good cause. So now "I get it". Hope you don't mind me being so blunt, but it's the way I learn about these things. And this "festival" idea is a great one. I like it a lot. This is MORE about my dream ballet: I would tell my talented group to come up with a title for the ballet that would bring in new people. Perhaps a ballet about some famous person. And if they were able to come up with a title that could bring in new people I would want to use that opportunit
  8. Dear Alexandra, This is exactly the thing I was wondering about when I first started to read the posts on this ballet site. I was wondering to myself... why in the world are these people spending so much time and creative energy talking about a new kind of "Giselle from Hell"??? (this was the title of a very popular post on this site) Don't they realize that these thoughts could soon find their way on stage! Its like participating in creating the things you hate. I don't get it. So I very much appreciate your comment "why is dreaming up the awful always more fun". Its a great quest
  9. Oh boy! ICE, I remember it well! I'm in a remote area so we get outages too, about once a month... but I got lucky this time. Too bad you missed it. With reference to these silly story plots though... the thing is, they can be quite powerful, even though they may seem unbelievable on the surface. Silly plot may be just "boiliing" complex things down to the essence... so they may not be like everyday life, but sometimes they can touch some very deep cords. (this is just an opinion of mine, it's just what I see in them) It's this power in a silly plot that interests me. I would like tha
  10. Yes, it was the Irish troop. And I have to say that I liked the choreography also, especially in the first joyful 10 minutes. I was completely thrilled with the dance until the plot started to take a dark turn. But I sure did like the first few minutes, it reminded me very much of a great ballet, but after that, they just lost me. These "dark" plots... I just don't get that part. But that's probably just me. If I go to a performance, I want to leave happy and uplifted. I don't mind darkness in the plot, but when darkness dominates, it just doesn't seem right to me. Sorry this respons
  11. OK, cool. So maybe it was good to recognize something nice. So I didn't know any of this, so this information is very helpful. Actually, sounds a bit like the music has been overused. But that is exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks to everyone.
  12. Does anyone know if the music of Edvard Grieg has been used for ballet? I was listening to an album of his most popular music and it just seems like such a natural for ballet. "Morning" is very well known (alomst too well known), but there are many more that I recognized that seem to be great for dance such as "solveig's song" and "bridal procession". Anyone familiar with the application of Griegs music to dance?
  13. Lillianna, I read a description of the CPYB performance and it sounded a bit different than the choreography that I saw... in fact I don't remember seeing the Pas de Trois at all! Brom was depicted as a rough personality and I can't remember a touching scene with him in the mix. Its quite possible that we saw two entirely different versions. Now, it may also be due to my inexperience in viewing these things, but I simply don't remember it. I can't say for sure that it was not in the performance that I saw, I just don't recall it. But on the other hand, it sounds as if we both enjoyed th
  14. A contemporary dance presentation "Gaelforce Dance", choreographer Richard Griffin will air Sunday Nov. 17 according to my PBS schedule. Just thought I should post this... gotta be "alert", don't want to miss anything!
  15. Nanatchka, Sounds good to me! I think I'd eat the lasagna and cole slaw and put the rest in the fridge for harder times! Editing is like using the stuff that goes together and putting the rest in cold storage for possible consumption at a later time. Nice thing about classical music is that it never goes bad with age. But I may just pass on the pickles! And Mel, thanks for all the details. I don't know about Dracula, but I hear that it has been successful, so that makes the point. So its good to hear all these examples. It can be done, but it has to be done carefully... so that is e
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