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  1. Neryssa

    Arthur Mitchell has died

    Thank you, Dirac, I will reply on the alternate thread soon.
  2. Neryssa

    Arthur Mitchell has died

    Although I am very grateful for this fine documentary, I have a few criticisms of it and your point is one of them. Maybe I should discuss this on another thread but I hope Holly Brubach's biography of Le Clercq is more detailed - and factual. I have my doubts.
  3. Neryssa

    Arthur Mitchell has died

    I would love to know more about Le Clercq's teaching too. I've never read anything about it. I've only heard snippets about her teaching in the documentary (Afternoon of a Faun) but Arthur Mitchell and Pat McBride Lousada did not elaborate - I wonder if there is anything at his archive at Columbia University: https://exhibitions.library.columbia.edu/exhibits/show/mitchell/arthur-mitchell-artist
  4. Neryssa

    Arthur Mitchell has died

    Mitchell would have had so much to write about - The path to becoming a dancer as an African American male during the New York City Ballet's incredible history from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s. He danced with Diana Adams, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Allegra Kent, Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, and Suzanne Farrell, etc. He probably could have written an entire chapter on Agon. The final chapters could have addressed the Dance Theatre of Harlem and its' prominent dancers, teachers, and struggles all in the context of the civil rights era and why the government should have subsidized such an important company. A major opportunity was missed here by not publishing a book (someone else could have written it, e.g., "as told to." It is a major loss. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/07/talking-with-dance-theatre-of-harlems-legendary-dancer-arthur-mitchell.html
  5. Neryssa

    Arthur Mitchell has died

    It certainly would have - I'm sure Mitchell was approached at one point (just assuming). I wonder why male dancers from that 1950s/1960s City Ballet generation are less likely to publish their memoirs? Not just because Balanchine preferred to choreograph for women? I have found this generation of dancers to be more reticent about discussing their careers and personal lives - which is a bit refreshing but unfortunate for the archives.
  6. Neryssa

    Arthur Mitchell has died

    I always hoped that Arthur Mitchell would publish an autobiography. I wonder why he did not. Neryssa
  7. Neryssa

    Wilde Times

    I so anticipated the publication of Wilde's memoir. I was a little bit disappointed but I don't think it merits a two-star review on Amazon, maybe three - or three-and-a-quarter stars. The book's prose and Lobenthal's quotes by Wilde are oddly truncated, it is as if both Wilde and Lobenthal suddenly got cold feet. The book was advertised as a memoir by Wilde and "the rise of the New York City Ballet." Although I would have liked a history of NYC Ballet during the 1950s, I think this was the problem with the book. There is not enough commentary by Wilde (her comments or quotes should have been clarified or fleshed out) and the history is minimal. Apart from Wilde's comments about the Tanaquil Le Clercq/Balanchine relationship/marriage, there is no new information. I am still grateful to have it.
  8. I hope this has not been posted before. The price has decreased from $35.00 to $27.99 on Amazon.com - N. Description from VAI Music: http://www.vaimusic.com/DVD-B/4581.html LEGENDS OF BALLET: Stars of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet A thrilling collection of performances by stars of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet, including Jacques d’Amboise, Allegra Kent, Lupe Serrano, Royes Fernandez, Violette Verdy, André Eglevsky, Melissa Hayden, as well as international dancers Alicia Alonso and Mia Slavenska. Highlights include New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s innovative ballet Square Dance, featuring the cast of the 1957 premiere, which included a square dance caller; the rarely performed Pas de Quatre with an all-star cast; the “Rose Adagio Scene” from Sleeping Beauty (choreographed by Eglevsky); scenes from Giselle and Sylvia, and more. Color performances from the Bell Telephone Hour, 1960-1965. Color, 68 minutes, 4:3, NTSC (Playable all regions) Square Dance (Balanchine) 13:25 Patricia Wilde, Nicholas Magallanes, New York City Ballet Corps de Ballet, with Elisha Keeler, caller and librettist Concerto for Art Lovers (Nelson) 7:43 [i think one can see Suzanne Farrell dancing in the corps). Jacques d‘Amboise, Gene Nelson, Allegra Kent, Taina Elg Scenes from Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Saddler) 9:46 Violette Verdy and Jacques d’Amboise Pas de Quatre (Dolin) 10:41 Alicia Alonso, Melissa Hayden, Nora Kaye, Mia Slavenska The Sleeping Beauty: Aurora's Act I Variation, “Jewels” Variation, and Rose Adagio (Eglevsky) 9:25 Melissa Hayden, André Eglevsky, Francisco Moncion, Conrad Ludlow, Michael Lland Giselle: Act II Pas de Deux & Finale (Eglevsky) 7:38 Giselle: Act II Pas de Deux & Finale (Eglevsky) 7:38 Lupe Serrano, Royes Fernandez Sylvia: Pas de Deux (Balanchine) 8:26 Allegra Kent, Jacques d’Amboise
  9. Neryssa

    Edwina Fontaine

    I was devastated to read her obituary. Thank you for posting it. I interviewed Ms. Fontaine a number of years ago and she was so very gracious, witty and kind. I always thought I would have time to do a follow up interview. Now it is too late. RIP.
  10. Neryssa

    New York City Ballet in Montreal, vols. 1-5

    In the minority here, but I'm glad to have something of Butler's available on DVD. He's one of a number of choreographers who were very active and influential at the time, but whose work hasn't really settled in a permanent repertory. The piece is 44 or 45 minutes long! The DVD should have been titled Butler in Montreal. I only bought the DVD for Tanaquil Le Clercq in Coppélia. Not implying any reservations about his partner? Good catch, Jack. I don't know. Le Clercq is exquisite but I expected something more... I was very happy with her performance in Concerto Barocco.
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    New York City Ballet in Montreal, vols. 1-5

    I was disappointed that Vol. 3 included a work by John Butler, The Unicorn... The work sets my teeth on edge; it never seemed to end. I thought André Eglevsky was sublime in Coppélia!
  12. Neryssa

    Who needs a biography?

    I want more autobiographies from NYC ballet dancers (principals, soloists and corps) from all periods (when Balanchine was alive): Patricia "Patty" McBride and Pat McBride Arthur Mitchell Karin von Aroldingen (perhaps an impossibility) Violette Verdy (I remember a very thin biography decades ago) Conrad Ludlow (perhaps like McBride, he is too nice and modest to consider the idea) Best, N.
  13. Neryssa

    "Balanchine's Dancing Cowboy"

    Indeed there is. Who needs a biography? Thanks, Neryssa and California, for filling us in. Thank you for the link! :-D
  14. Neryssa

    "Balanchine's Dancing Cowboy"

    Thanks, California. I wanted more detail about the ballets and Balanchine. Also, it was very repetitive in spots. Is there an older thread titled something to the effect of "Memoirs or Biographies I Want To Read (meaning, I want to read an autobiography/biography that hasn't been written or published yet by a dancer).
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    "Balanchine's Dancing Cowboy"

    The positive and spiritual tone of the book is nice when Ohman is writing about his grandmother or Balanchine but I was quite disappointed with the book as a whole. It is not detailed enough. Has anybody else read it?