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  1. Just wondering if anyone has seen NBT's performance of David Nixon's I Got Rhythm. I recently saw it at Sadler's Wells and was none too impressed by it. I can elaborate on this, but would like to see if anyone else had any insights before I go start... What a funny flashback I am having right now, I haven't posted on Ballettalk in about four years, as my ballet days ended and I went off to college. Now I'm in the UK studying and have had the great opportunity to take a ballet appreciation with Clement Crisp and am seeing some beautiful performances.
  2. I agree with you, Major Mel. Ballet is supposed to look easy, and sometimes I think it is almost a diservice to the artists. "If it looks easy, it is easy." But since everyone sings in the shower, perhaps singers are given more credit. After all, who causally attempts foutte e'lair or a double tour as a matter or course?
  3. I was very interested by a piece on NPR about how punk rock fans are becoming quite attracted to the opera. It made me think a lot about the whole "phenomenon" but ended up with some questions regarding/relating to ballet. They mentioned that Opera is the only classic art where the audience demographic is actually getting younger and younger. So why is that? One would think that with the relatively young dancers that make up the art (relative to the older opera singers) ballet would be very attractive to a younger generation. And with the love of atheletes and athletics in our country, why w
  4. I found the autobiography of Alexandra Danilova to be quite interesting. The name of it is "Choura," and although the first half of the book goes into detail about the Maryinsky, Balanchine figures an importaing part in the rest of the book. Intersting are her insights to the early times of American ballet. (Not the American Ballet, but American ballet in general).
  5. the Debeers diamond commercial music was also choreographed by Thom Clower,for Alabama Dance Theatre. It was beautiful, but a killer for the dancers. Ifelt so sorry for them.
  6. Has there been a ballet to anyone's knowledge choreographed to this piece of music? It is so glorious, someone is bound to have done it, but I would like to know who, when, and where, if at all possible!!! thanks ~Allegro
  7. I think good choreography is put together in the same way or idea that good essays and poems are put together. So yes, essays and poems are two TOTALLY different types of literary works, but that just illustrates my point even more. Good writing has a good point (or if abstract, a good abstract lean), with a strong vocabular (steps) which are put together in a coherent way, with the right tone (music). Of course, I am all for the experimental stuff, choreography to silence, etc etc etc, but I guess that even that stuff can be likened to literature. There are classics: Shakespeare, Milton, C
  8. Ok, I guess I will have to say a lot on this topic, mostly because it is so relevant to what I am doing in school. I just finished reading a book by Joseph Campbell called The Power of Myth. The whole premise is that we are constantly re-living and re-evaluating ageless myths. So that is possibly what you are getting at...I think ballet is a story with almost mythological implications. Underneath the story of Swanilda, Clara, Odette/Odile are myths that repeat themselves over and over. So anyways, I think that is why the classics are so modern.
  9. I must say that the risk of giving birth to eight polichenelles is risky enough. Just ask the mother of octuplets. It would be enough for any company to refuse to insure them!
  10. I was going to say "Seabiscuit" but it has already been raved over. I read, besides my stupid summer reading book, and interesting biography on Jackie O, called "Mrs. Kennedy." Very good, but also very eye opening and depressing. And I am re-reading the Anne of Green Gables series. I always feel like it in the summer. And for the ballet side of me, the autobiography of Alexandra Danilova. Fascinating stories about the Kirov Academy (not called that then).
  11. Yes, yes! Thank you! that's it. We have been having some intensive Coppelia rehearsals this weekend, and my brain is fried! :eek:
  12. I would like to see the NYCB branch out a bit and perform works outside of the "Balanchine genre." Maybe that's not the point of the NYCB...I know a lot of their greatness come from keeping up wiht the Balanchine repetoire. However, if other companies like ABT, SFB, etc etc can branch out and do works by Balanchine, perhaps the NYCB could start dancing some of the more classical works (not the re-made ones like the one act Swan Lake and Mr. B's Don QJ) and works by choreographers that do not seem to be as influenced by Mr. Balanchine. So that's what I would like to see from them. And in
  13. [Note by Alexandra: I split this thread off from the Diamond Project jewelry thread, which explains Allegro's introductory comment.] The title of this thread was misleading to me, because I thought it would more be a discussion of The Diamond Project itself...so I got a comment in my head in my head that I wanted to share, and then it turns out to be a discussion on the marketing... However, I do want to share. I liked the evening of ballet, but I felt that all the choreography was too much the same. I know it was the NYCB, but you would think that they could try to dance in styles less re
  14. IT's all right, Farrell Fan. A dancer that amazing deserves gushing. And I, too, am vindicated in my love of Diamonds. I really thought that no-one else would know what the heck I am talking about. Unfortunately, I don't have that video anymore. I borrowed it from someone, and then after about 2 years, my guilt overcame my love for it, and I just had to return it. OK, here is favorite ballet moment #2: And also from Jewels. I think it is because I love the music so much, but during the Emerald's pas de trois, there is this really cool echappe pas de bourree thing (but it isn't really just
  15. Definately off topic, so delete if necessary. Anybody read her autobio? I found it fascinating, not just for the NYCB history, and her own history there, but because of her introspective narrative. I think it would be almost as interesting to anyone interested in psychology, or just a good biography, as anyone interested in her as a dancer.
  16. Oh my gosh.... My absolute favorite moment of all times is from the Diamonds pas, danced by Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins. It is this big oboe/trumpet/I don't know what instrument, but she goes to a turned-in passe, with her body bent over her knee, then throws it back and up into an arabesque, with her arms and head raised to the sky. And of course, it is on one of the most beautiful parts of that beautiful score. It gives me the chills, no matter how many times I must rewind that tape and watch it. I also like the end of that pas, when Ms. Farrell lowers down to B plus, with arms demi
  17. The Diamond pas music is so beautiful it brings me to tears. and I love the part in the pas where the girl does this turned in passe thingy and then throws it into a back attitude, face and arms uplifted, as if to something in heaven. But the Emeralds pas de trois is probably my favorite to watch, although the music is just as lovely.
  18. Allegro

    Allegra Kent

    I just read Allegra Kent's autobiography "Once a Dancer..." I would be interested in other's feedback on that. I really was fascinated by her life's story. I think her name is totally appropriate for her. It sounds like "allegro", which as a ballet term, means to me a certain freedom and exhilaration, which is how I see her as a person. What was her dancing like? Thanks!
  19. I am not going to vote, seeing that I haven't seen enough people dance, and I don't know if I could pick even then. I too would love to see Allegra Kent dance. And about Pavlova. I saw on video her famous Dying Swan solo. And it (OK, I am bracing myself for the imminent lightning strike) was hilariously funny. Technically horrible for any of today's standards. So melodramatic! But of course, ishe was the best of the best back then, and since the people decide their stars, then totally and wholly legitimate in her stardom. But funny anyway. Bam! I'm struck! :eek:
  20. I agree, Ms. Leigh. Although the pictures of her in class are different, one can see her amazing performing ability just from looking at the pictutres of her on stage. And since ballet is a performing art, it is almost all that matters!
  21. My grandfather just got me this book that he rescued that is called Days With Ulanova. I was just curious if any of you had seen or read it. It is mostly photographs of her and the Kirov, and it is interesting to see how much dance has evolved over the years. No offense to Ms. Ulanova, but her body shape and even her technicality (seen only from pictures) are SO much different than today's dancers. Just curious! Thanks!
  22. Google has an image search engine. It is pretty good. There is a lot to sort through, but still... I remember ABT had some really good galleries up a while ago. I don't think they are still on ABT's site, but I know they are somewhere. They are pictures by Rosalie O'Conner (Correct last name? ) and they might be somewhere else now. Google could probably find them. HTH!
  23. THank you all for your help. Nanatchka, thank you for your suggestions. I am going to look for those poems in our library... And yes, I will have to write some poems for the project. THat is a required element, but I also have to have 8 poems on my subject by other authors. BUt just looking through my school's library, I have found a few poems already. There is a very pretty sonnet by Emily DIckinson that was about dance... I am having fun doing this project! Thanks again! Allegro
  24. For a project at school, I have to come up with some good poetry regarding dance. It could be by an established author, or it could be some originals by friends... So does anybody know of any good poems regarding dance, or where I could find some? Or, if there is a poet out there who would like to personal message one of theirs to me, I would be eternally grateful!!! Thanks! ~Allegro
  25. I used to think SYlvie Gulliem (sp?) was beautiful, but now I just see her as a bag of tricks. Very cold and uninspired. But she is still technically amazing...
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