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Amy Reusch

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    balletomane, videographer, formerly serious now recreational student
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  1. Thank you... have really been wondering how this came off... There is a lot of talent involved, Andersen seems to pick gifted designers, but the concept of science fiction seemed to risk being tacky... glad to hear somehow they managed to skirt that risk? Also interesting to split the bill with La Sylphide... both ballets are not quite full evening fare, and to go from charming romantic antique to futuristic Stravinisky? Might be just the juxtaposition to keep both fresh?
  2. If you can access Facebook, Kansas City Ballet put up a nice short video of Tomlinson teaching and talking about teaching...
  3. I live in a university town in Connecticut and most people here have no idea who Balanchine was and have never heard of him. For those not familiar with US geography, Connecticut is a small state adjacent to New York, practically bordering the city (in Seattle, an American born cashier asked me if Connecticut were next to Tennessee). Having grown up in the NY metropolitan area and then lived for a decade in Manhattan before living in other parts of the country, I can tell you, the rest of the country is not a less densely populated version of the city. The gap in what is known about dance inside NYC vs outside NYC is extraordinary. However, in these other parts if the country, the populace have heard of the New York Times. They all know who Picasso and Bach are, why shouldn't they know the major names in dance? A great many also know the New Yorker. Is it possible that the NY Times & New Yorker dance writers are trying to write for the rest of the country as well as New York City, and this is why they mention Balanchine's stature?
  4. I suspect they are negotiating with the chosen one.
  5. And yet it was the rearranging of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake by Drigo that made it a success... was Drigo following his own instincts, or Petipa's requests? Tchaikovsky blamed the original ballet's failure on the music. I wonder what he would have thought of what Swan Lake became after his death? (I have a hunch he would have enjoyed Ivanov's work) Thanks for the Lopukhov info... Macaulay spoke at Harvard about how the music would change and yet Petipa would continue repeating the same step... and that this placed the step in a new light so to speak (my words, certainly not his)... I was struck by this because I had always wondered if repeating a step despite a big change in the music were due to someone not remembering the original choreography... yet instances of this were recorded in the Stepanov notations, so it was not a failing in the handing down... It feels as if so much of what we were taught as dance history in my youth has now been truned upside down... if Petipa dictated so much of the structure of Sleeping Beauty, how could he be struggling with what he was given? Were the leitmotifs dictating which characters could move so much so that Petipa was frustrated? In Balanchine, Lopukhov got what he was asking for: a ballet master who studied music... Did he ever get to see what Balanchine created in the West?
  6. The face on the woman does seem 1950s ... I think those are snakes in her hand...
  7. I hope he does a few more before his 6 month retainer is up... I imagine, though, that with the Cunningham Centennial, he's going to want to weigh in on that... ? I'd like to hear more about how Petipa & Tchaikovsky worked together... He said that it was difficult for Petipa working with Tchaikovsky, something about the complexity, but I haven't caught the details...
  8. Balanchine & Kirstein did not have much experience when they founded the precursors to NYCB, and while admittedly they struggled & foundered at first, they ultimately succeeded gloriously.... It was a different situation, but is it so obviously a mistake to take a risk on inexperienced talent if there is a "vision"? Are there no choreographers out there to give the helm to?
  9. Oh!! thank you!!, I didn't think of Ballet West, only had SFB on the brain!!
  10. But my understanding is that the original ballet followed not the Hoffman story but the Dumas adaption of the story..... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nutcracker_and_the_Mouse_King So I,m not sure I understand the wording of the first two questions... Christensen Nutcracker ran from 1944 to 2004.... Balanchine's premiered in 1954 and is still running, so hasn't it overtaken Christensen's "longest running" crown?
  11. Would that I could be a fly on the wall with a time machine...
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