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  1. I don't know this company, but I know the ballet which Ashton choreographed especially for Ballanchine's NYCB. Someone mentioned remembering having seen it in 1960 with the Norman Walker Co. and wondered if it was the same ballet. They said a dancer, Cora Caan (?) danced in it. Anyone know? Kurvenal
  2. Hi, Just curious who might have seen this at the Lincoln Festival, and what they thought? Anna Kisselkoof makes it sound very very exciting. Makes me wish I was in NY this weekend. Fred
  3. ATM - "Quelque Fleurs" - was that a pas de quatre of sorts, or am I mistaking it for the old pas de quatre? I remember seeing Ruthanna Boris dance when I first starting going to City Center. Fred
  4. I'll bet there were more innovative and intriguing movements to be witnessed up there some nights than on stage. En arriere, en avant, en dedans, and en dehors! Tally ho! Fred
  5. Mel is probably correct as Ballet Theatre doing "Choreartium". If I can find the time I will eventually find it in the microfilm of the NYT. I was just down there for an hour looking in vain for a John Martin review of "Seventh". They were doing it in the spring of 1949 but I haven't run across the review yet. I did find this interesing tidbit, however. The night that Mary Ellen Moylan danced "Ballet Imperial", Balanchine's work to Tschaikovsky's 2nd piano concerto (Martin loved her and the ballet), Markova and Tudor were scheduled to dance sometrhing simply called "Pas de Deux". According
  6. I think Mel is right in that Ballet Russe did Choreartium - and it was done to Brahms Fourth, not his First, which I think I said in an earlier posting. According to Cyril Beaumont's book, it was first done in London in 1933 - and look at the dancers - Irina Baronova, David Lichine, Vera Zorina, Nina Verchinina, Danilova, Riabouchinski. I don't remember seeing the Pas de deux Classique but Denby reports that in 1944 Ballet Russe was performing at the City Center, and it got done with Danilova and Second Class Seaman Igor Youskevitch (dancing on the last night of his shore leave.) Den
  7. The NY Public Library's Monica Mosely, evidently an expert on ballet, came to my rescue regarding the Massine. It was done in 1951. I was off a year. I am going back to my library just to read what John Martin of the NYTimes had to say about it. My feeling about ballets such as the Seventh, Les Presages (to Tschaikovskys Fifth), and Choreatium (to Brahms First), all of which I think were by Massine is that the music is just too overpowering, and a ballet orchestra, IMO, is not geared to play these works, only because they don't play them often enough. My recollection of the Seventh is vag
  8. I am puzzled that there has been no obituary in the NYTimes. Zorina danced the role of the ballerina in Balanchine's "Slaughter on Tenth Ave.", but in London only, and in the movie version. Tamara Geva danced the role in NYC. However, in 1954 George Abbott and Balanchine put together a revival of the show with Zorina. Elaine Stritch was in that also, singing the interpolated song "You Took Advantage of Me." It lasted only two months and was considered very dated. 29 years later, however, it was revived again with Natalia Makarova, and that revival lasted longer than the original in 1936. Did
  9. This was a tremendously exciting hour and a half. It began at 9:30 and the time flew by. I could not believe the beauty of this work - incredible dancing by everyone, Yuan Yuan danced like she was weightless, and the Othello - my God! And the score was so great - and the sets. What a marvelous piece of work - and my station, which just infuriated me a day earlier by showing those two tenors in "Duetto" singing a bunch of awful songs and then begging for money, is going to show "Othello" again on Saturday and they didn't ask for a cent. I am taping this ballet. Fred
  10. Leigh, Thanks for the email address. I sent off a plea for help. In answer to your question, I never recall meeting Francis Mason. I remember he reviewed for some publication, but I don't know which one. When I was in the library today I noticed that Balanchine's book had been updated since 1956 and Mason's name was on it. Monica might be able to help you with that Op. 34 you were asking me about. Fred
  11. My muddled memories of Massine's "Seventh Symphony" (Beethoven) drove me to the pulbic library. I spent over an hour reading about ballet in NYC in 1950, going through the NYTimes on microfilm, specifically the de Cuevas company's two week stay. Lots of interesting writing by John Martin, but they didn't do the ballet. I checked Ballet Russe who were in the city in the spring and they didn't do it either. Where and when did I see it? It was performed for the first time in Paris in 1938 one month after "Gaite "Parisienne", but I wasn't there for the opening! Ballanchine doesn't even mention i
  12. I am sure I saw him dance with Ballet Russe - for some reason, a ballet using one of the Chopin concertos comes to mind. I am glad that he lived so long. I hope his life was happy and fulfilling. Kurvenal
  13. You're surprised you're getting it in Baltimore! We are getting it in Scranton, PA TWICE! in one week, Tuesday night, after Duetto (which has been getting nasty reviews on the opera websites), and again on Sat. night. We'll have to pay for it with endless hours of Yanni, Church, and all the rest. fred
  14. ATM Chances are we did rub elbows at any number of venues in NYC. I know I stood in line all afternoon in 1949 for standing room to see Sadler Wells' first trip to NYC, and I think I stood in standing room most of the time for all the other performances, plus all those of Ballet Theatre. I am going to have to go to the Public Library as soon as I can and look up a NY Times from April 1949. It was the de Quevas company but known as "The Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo" - all this re the Massine. The Slavenska-Franklin Company was in NYC in Dec. of 1952 but I don't think they would have don
  15. How wonderful for you Paul to have seen Sibley, Seymour, and Nureyev. I saw Fonteyn, of course, but with Helpmann, Michael Somes, and John Hart as her partners. I have seen them both on video, and while I never saw Baryisnikov in person either, I have him on video. Leigh, I am amazed I can find nothing in my library on Massine's "Seventh", but Denby does refer to it in an essay on Massine. "He can get away with murder. If one took him seriously he would be guilty of murdering the Beethoven Seventh." And of the dancers, "they get on top of each othrs, lie down, run around, crouch, whirl, po
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