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Amy Reusch

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  1. 12 hours ago, California said:

    I'm pretty sure he grew up in NYC and was recruited from one of their outreach programs. 

    I thought I remembered  a  short documentary about this ,( black-and-white images of riding the subway come to mind but I don't know why ) ...  I could not locate the video I remembered, but here are two others ...   I don't believe he mentions an outreach program but he mentions that he was on full scholarship ...

    By the way, there are a few moments of Karin von Aroldingen in the first video...




  2. 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?

  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. 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?


  5. 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...  


  6. 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?

  7. But my understanding is that the original ballet followed not the Hoffman story but the Dumas adaption of the story.....



    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?

  8. 3 hours ago, Pique Arabesque said:

    Also, NYCB is an enormously powerful arts institution with a large endowment. If it survived the death of Balanchine and the departure of Martins, it will survive this. No one person is going to "bring them down." 

    Any performing arts institution without State or Royal subsidy is a house of cards.  

    Tell me again where NYCB's longtime co-tenant  at the State Theater, NYCO, is these days?

  9. 2 hours ago, On Pointe said:

    The Finlay affair seems to have morphed into a referendum and condemnation of Peter Martins.  Those who don't  like him seem to think this situation is all his fault.  (Toni Bentley's piece suggests to a casual reader that Alexandra Waterbury is a member of NYCB.)  Bentley may be correct about the "soft-core porn" influence which permeates many aspects of media.  But does she think that Balanchine or Kirstein would have found all of her writings laudable?  Her work is part of the wave.

    Thank you for saying this...  While many of us no doubt have been contemplating  some of the famous Balanchine & Kirstein quotes Bentley mentioned, Bentley seems to have an axe to grind against Martins, and having written "Submission" seems the wrong person to be throwing stones.

  10. 5 hours ago, Marta said:

    Amy Reusch, 

    I don't know if Baryshnikov ever coached the PdD you refer to from Other Dances for the archives, but this spring he coached OD with de Luz and Peck.  Haven't heard that Makarova was invited to coach at City Ballet though. 

    I hope they archived that! (If they shot it)

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