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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    ballet accompanist
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  1. Thank you. Recently found this: " O Earth, weigh lightly upon me, I trod so lightly upon thee" Greek Epitaph " My dancers fall that they might rise" Martha Graham.
  2. All dances are too long. - Doris Humphrey I demand of the dance that it reveal the divine in man. - Doris Humphrey
  3. It was said that Tudor " could choreograph to the very eyelash.
  4. Such a rich, evocative, description of the Russian émigré teachers, their quirks, temperaments, nature of their classes, seen through such a personal lens. What an experience and heritage you have Richard!
  5. I have at times thought about the eras of history, in which cultures and artistic forms have flourished then declined. For instance Renaissance Italy was a well spring of great artistic achievement, its extraordinary achievements in architecture, sculpture and painting. Out of Europe came the great musical masterworks and more relevantly on this forum, the art which we love...the ballet. To me it seems ,considering the rise and fall of such things mentioned above that leads me to wonder if and when the art of classical dance may fall away. This consideration seems pessimistic but I raise it ju
  6. What is it with Kylian, Mozart, and sword-play? In three ballets Birthday, Six Dances, and Petite Mort, all to the music of Mozart, the great choreographer has to a lesser or greater extent employed the rapier to augment his work.In Petite Mort six rapiers are integral to the work, almost serving as partners in themselves, six men provide astonishing sword-play but in an almost military way, only after this do six ladies join the chaps in Mozart's sublime sensual music.The work is suffused with aggression, sexual tension and energy, but also stillness and vulnerability.A Freudian sub-text no d
  7. extraordinary!!! Elgar once said "I have sung the trees' music, or have they sung mine? His nickname for his daughter was "fish-face" Poor girl!
  8. It has been an age since I've contributed, but the thought occurs to me, which ballet/ballets, would you most dearly love to see but as yet have not. There are more than a few on my list but Ashton's "Enigma Variations" is a work I have long desired to see. For a start I adore this composition of Elgar, the portrait of friends within.The great noble "Nimrod" variation has become a signature for state and solemn occasions.England had not had a great composer since Purcell , and when the Enigma Variations ( Elgar's first masterpiece) was heard, England realised that here was a composer of inter
  9. The following dialogue was selected from a book.Here goes.... Frank "Yo! What's shaking? Tony "Not much buddy-boy.repaired another 72 cubic Freez-O-Matic today.ain't they the worst? Frank "Fuggedaboutit.Faulty freon tubes left and right.Gimme that side by side Kenmore any day I always say. Tony "Didja get a look at that prima ballerina tonight? Whoa, what a dancer. Frank "You got that right.Never seen such a line.She musta practised with a tape measure. Tony "Yeah, how about that pas de deux-did you catch that amazing pointe work.Quick but delicate, like a Rapid R-53 stap
  10. Sorry to misquote your name Sandy.Accuracy is a virtue most particularly in your field.
  11. I appreciate your insightful observations Sandy.You have an observant eye and mind.I am a bit isolated here in New Zealand but worked for two years in Australia, both at the National Ballet Theatre in St Kilda, and also at the Victorian College of the Arts.But it was at Danceworld 301 where I played briefly for Gelsey Kirkland.Back here at the new Zealand School of Dance I saw Concerto Barocco quite a few times.And I agree that Bach and Balanchine are in fact almost certainly in the divine sphere as we speak.I read somewhere that Balanchine somewhere had dancers held vertically upside down doi
  12. To answer the questions, I am a pianist.My father had degrees in mathematics and physics and I seem to have inherited his love of both.I recall my father factorising number plates on motor vehicles.Numbers seemed to be his friend.For instance 13 squared = 169. 31 squared =961.The transpositions are nice. Our teacher is a woman of high intelligence and given to somewhat cryptic remarks on occasion. Rarely do her observations border on the mysterious but this remark came so far out of left field it took me a few minutes to fully appreciate its depth.Possibly my imagination was heightened during
  13. Many thanks for a swift and informative reply.I can see why the other brandenburs mentioned didn't last for long.
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