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WHO IS: Queen of Driads - ABT Don Quixote (1983)


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I am sure that the answer is right out there :wub:

Last weekend I've been watching on video for the umpteenth time that beautiful Don Quixote with Baryshnikov (ABT, 1983). And the ballerina who was dancing the role of the Queen of Driads HAS GIVEN ME GOOSEBUMPS on my arms and legs ('xuse me for being that physiological - it doesn't happen that often to me, so i was impressed with that ballerina's performance effect on little poor me :wink: ).

For some strange reason her name was not given on the casting list in the end of the tape - whereas even the Innkeeper was listed there :wub:

Also, once i'm at this topic - the name of that dancer who performed Gamache (the unlucky rich seeker of the Kitry's hand to marry). He was SO GOOD! :wub: (see, that role is usually done so overly comically humiliatingly and anti-men in a way - by the ALmaty State Ballet) - so I was (or should I say - I have ALWAYS BEEN) really impressed with that dancer's performance, too! WHO is that beautiful stranger?? :P



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the dancers in the dream scene of baryshnikov's DON Q are, in order of solos, as follows:




so i assume the dancer you ask about is JAFFE: she wears a tutu much like that of the corps de ballet of dream visions and dances the solo western europeans and americans associate with the CORSAIRE pas de deux as it was introduced to the west by nureyev.

the second solo is one we also know from stagings Paquita but is traditionally linked to Amor (or Cupid) in Don Q

the last solo by the kirtri ballerina (here harvey) is traditionally seen as a kind of surrogate dulcinea, and i believe is said to have been choreographed by alexander gorsky, tho' from what i understand some of the details specific the version danced in baryshnikov's staging are due to elena tchernichova.

gamache in this film is danced by VICTOR BARBEE

your question has brought up a good point: the labeling on these tapes (or DVDs) is quite incomplete.

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Thank you rg - I KNEW that answer would come quickly :wub:

Any sites you (or anyone else) could refer me to - to view more photographs of that Queen of Driads. She possesses such beautiful style and strength!!

And - while we're on this topic: any other roles performed by Mr. Barbee?

Thank you again! :D

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susan jaffe would likely be prominent in most publications featuring photo spreads of baryshnikov's era at ABT, she was much promoted by him.

there was a lovely pub. of photos of the SWAN LAKE baryshnikov staged:

Swan lake (Choreographic work : Baryshnikov after Ivanov and Petipa, M)

Chor: Mikhail Baryshnikov (based upon Kirov version after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov); mus: Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; scen & cos: PierLuigi Samaritani; lighting: Jennifer Tipton. First perf: Costa Mesa, Calif., Orange County Performing Arts Center, Dec 2, 1988; American Ballet Theatre.//First New York perf: Metropolitan Opera House, May 8, 1989; American Ballet Theatre.

the portfolio was of photos by paul b. goode, an excellent photographer; it was produced in house if i recall correctly, and jaffe was baryshnikov's premiere swan queen.

otherwise you might do a search on google, perhaps more videos w/ jaffe would come up.

she was shown in jardin anime, baryshnikov produced as part of an all-petipa evening that was telecast as part of the 'live from lincoln center' series:

Jardin animé

Chor: Diana Joffe after Marius Petipa (from Act II of the corsair); mus: Léo Delibes, Adolphe Adam & Riccardo Drigo arr. by Hershy Kay; scen & cos: Santo Loquasto. First perf: New York, Metropolitan Opera House, May 20, 1981; American Ballet Theatre.

here are a few other video listings w/jaffe:

American Ballet Theatre at the Met / WNET/13 ; director, Brian Large.

U.S.: WNET, 1984.(85 min.) : sd., col.

Danced by members of American Ballet Theatre.

Les sylphides / choreography, Mikhail Fokin ; music, Chopin ; scenery, Alexandre Benois ; danced by Marianna Tcherkassky, Cynthia Harvey, Cheryl Yeager, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and ensemble.

Triad / choreography, Kenneth MacMillan ; music, Sergei Prokofiev ; danced by Amanda McKerrow, Robert La Fosse, and Johan Renvall, with John Gardner, John Turjoman, and Craig Wright.

Paquita / choreography, staged by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa ; music, Ludwig Minkus, orchestrated by John Lanchbery ; costumes, Theoni V. Aldredge ; danced by Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones, with Leslie Browne, Susan Jaffe, Cynthia Harvey, Deirdre Carberry, and ensemble.

Videotaped in performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, in 1984. Telecast on February 22, 1985 on the Dance in America series by WNET/13, New York.

American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco 1985.

105 min. : sd. color

A National Video Corporation production. Producer: Robin Scott. Distributed by Home Vision, Chicago, Ill. Directed for television by Brian Large.

Live performance from the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, recorded March 1, 1985.

Danced by artists of American Ballet Theatre.

CONTENTS. - Airs. Choreography: Paul Taylor. Music: George Frideric Handel. Costumes: Gene Moore. Lighting: Jennifer Tipton. Danced by Lisa Rinehart, Kristine Soleri, Anna Spelman, Christine Spizzo, Peter Fonseca, Johan Renvall, Thomas Titone. - Le jardin aux lilas (Lilac garden) Choreography: Antony Tudor. Music: Ernest Chausson. Scenery and lighting: Tim Lingwood. Costumes: Raymond Sovey. Danced by Leslie Browne, Martine van Hamel, Robert La Fosse, Michael Owen. - Swan lake, Act III: Black swan pas de deux. Choreography: Marius Petipa. Music: Peter Tchaikovsky. Scenery: William Pitkin. Costumes: Nicholas Georgiadis. Danced by Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones. - Romeo and Juliet, Act I: Balcony scene pas de deux. Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan. Music: Sergei Prokofiev. Danced by Natalia Makarova and Kevin McKenzie. - Great galloping Gottschalk. Choreography: Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Music: Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Costumes: Gretchen Ward Warren. Lighting: David K. H. Elliott. Danced by Susan Jaffe, Elaine Kudo, Deirdre Carberry, Lisa Lockwood, Christine Spizzo, Kristine Soleri, Robert La Fosse, Gil Boggs, and Johan Renvall.

Balanchine Celebration, part two / produced by Thirteen/WNET in association with New York City Ballet, NVC Arts, and NOS Television ; directed by Matthew Diamond ; produced by Judy Kinberg ; choreography by George Balanchine.

New York, N.Y. : Thirteen/WNET, c1993.

(86 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequence

Host: Robert MacNeil.

Performed by New York City Ballet with guest artists.

Conductors: Hugo Fiorato, Gordon Boelzner, and Maurice Kaplow.

Executive producer, Jac Venza ; writer, Holly Brubach ; lighting, Mark Stanley.

Western symphony: Fourth movement, Rondo / music, Hershy Kay ; scenery, John Boyt ; costumes, Karinska ; danced by Susan Jaffe (American Ballet Theatre), Nikolaj Hübbe, and ensemble.

Agon: selections / music, Igor Stravinsky ; danced by Peter Boal, Zippora Karz, and Kathleen Tracey (first pas de trois) ; Albert Evans, Arch Higgins, and Wendy Whelan (second pas de trois) ; Darcey Bussell (Royal Ballet) and Lindsay Fischer (pas de deux).

Who cares?: selections / music, George Gershwin ; cast: The man I love: Viviana Durante (Royal Ballet) and Robert La Fosse ; I'll build a stairway to paradise: Lourdes Lopez ; Embraceable you: Heather Watts and Jock Soto ; Fascinatin' rhythm: Judith Fugate ; Who cares?: Melinda Roy and Ronald Perry (Dance Theatre of Harlem) ; My one and only: Elizabeth Loscavio (San Francisco Ballet) ; Liza: Jeremy Collins (American Ballet Theatre) ; I got rhythm / danced by entire cast and ensemble.

Stars and stripes: Fourth and fifth campaigns / music, John Philip Sousa, adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay ; danced by Margaret Tracey, Damian Woetzel, and ensemble.

Closing speech and toast by Peter Martins, with Lincoln Kirstein, Jerome Robbins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and company members.

Performance recorded at New York State Theater, New York, on June 27, 1993. Telecast by Thirteen/WNET on the Great Performances: Dance in America series.

Second part of the closing night program of the New York City Ballet's Balanchine Celebration. For the first part of this telecast, see: *MGZIC 9-4138. In addition to performance footage, this telecast includes comments by ballet master in chief Peter Martins, archival footage of Balanchine, and reminiscences by dancers Melinda Roy, Lourdes Lopez, Judith Fugate, Diana White, Maria Calegari, Darci Kistler, Katrina Killian, and Heléne Alexopoulos.

Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre / WNET/Thirteen ; directed by Don Mischer and Twyla Tharp ; produced by Don Mischer ; written by Twyla Tharp and Peter Elbling ; choreography by Twyla Tharp.

New York, N.Y. : WNET/Thirteen, 1984.

(57 min.) : sd., col.

Danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov and members of American Ballet Theatre.

Set design, Romain Johnston ; lighting, William Klages.

The little ballet / music, Aleksandr Glazunov ; costumes, Santo Loquasto ; danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Deirdre Carberry, Elaine Kudo, Amanda McKerrow and Nancy Raffa.

Sinatra suite / music, five Frank Sinatra songs ; costumes, Oscar de la Renta ; danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo.

Push comes to shove / music, Joseph Lamb and Joseph Haydn ; costumes, Santo Loquasto ; danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Susan Jaffe, Elaine Kudo, Robert La Fosse, and Cheryl Yeager.

Telecast on the Dance in America series by WNET/13, New York, on October 5, 1984.

Ballet / Ballet Films, Inc. ; directed, produced and edited by Frederick Wiseman.

Cambridge, Mass. : Zipporah Films, c1995.

(172 min.) : sd., col.

Appearing in this documentary are dancers, creative personnel, and administrators of American Ballet Theatre, and guest artists, among them executive director Jane Herman and her assistant Ross Stretton ; principal dancers Julio Bocca, Wes Chapman, Christine Dunham, Alessandra Ferri, Guillaume Graffin, Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, Amanda McKerrow, Danilo Radojevic, Johan Renvall, Cheryl Yeager ; and ballet masters, choreographers, and teachers Nicholas Beriozoff, Agnes de Mille, Ulysses Dove, Ruben Echeverria, David Howard, Irina Kolpakova, Natalia Makarova, Terrence S. Orr, Georgina Parkinson, David Richardson, Michael Somes, Wendy Walker.

Photography, John Davey.

Dance excerpts: among the ballets seen in rehearsal in New York are: The other / choreography, Agnes de Mille ; music, Franz Schubert ; danced by Amanda McKerrow and others ; de Mille is assisted by Terrence S. Orr -- La bayadère / choreography, Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa ; music, L. Minkus ; footage includes Makarova coaching Cheryl Yeager, and Irina Kolpakova coaching Susan Jaffe -- Serious pleasures / choreography, Ulysses Dove ; music, Robert Ruggieri -- Firebird: berceuse / choreography, Michel Fokine, staged by Nicholas Beriozoff ; music, Igor Stravinsky -- Raymonda, Act III / choreography, Fernando Bujones after Petipa ; music, Aleksandr Glazunov ; footage includes variations danced by Christine Dunham and Susan Jaffe, the latter coached by Georgina Parkinson -- Symphonic variations / choreography, Frederick Ashton, staged by Michael Somes ; music, César Franck ; rehearsal segments danced by Cynthia Harvey, Sandra Brown, Ashley Tuttle, Ethan Brown ; Somes is assisted by choreologist Wendy Walker -- Rite of spring / choreography, Glen Tetley ; music, Igor Stravinsky.

: Dance excerpts on cassette 2: performance excerpts filmed at the Herod Atticus Theater, Athens, Greece, are: Bruch violin concerto no. 1 / choreography, Clark Tippet ; music, Max Bruch -- The sleeping beauty, Act III / choreography, Kenneth MacMillan after Petipa ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; includes Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Aurora's variation, coda of the grand pas de deux -- Symphonic variations [see credits above] -- Rite of spring [see credits above] -- Performance excerpts filmed at the Royal Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark: Romeo and Juliet: balcony pas de deux, bedroom pas de deux / choreography, Kenneth MacMillan ; music, Sergey Prokofiev ; danced by Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca.

: Documentary without narration on American Ballet Theatre, filmed over a period of nine weeks in 1992. The first part of the film, recorded at the company's studios in New York City, contains rehearsal footage of selected ballets presented during the company's spring season. The second part of the film was recorded on tour in Greece and Denmark, and includes performance footage. Interspersed with the dance excerpts are scenes representative of a dancer's life: job interviews, company class, physical therapy, photography sessions, costume fittings, backstage preparations, and leisuretime activities such as sightseeing. Also included are interviews with David Richardson, Agnes de Mille (interviewed by David Patrick Stearns), and Irina Kolpakova (interviewed by Otis Stuart)

Variety and virtuosity [videorecording] : American Ballet Theatre now / produced by Thirteen/WNET in association with RM Associates ; produced by Judy Kinberg ; ballets directed by Thomas Grimm ; documentary directed by Judy Kinberg.

Imprint : New York, N.Y. : Thirteen/WNET, c1998.

Description : 1 videocassette (87 min.) : sd., col. NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)

Notes : Danced by American Ballet Theatre.

: Music performed by the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly ; violin soloist, Ron Oakland ; piano soloist, Barbara Bilach.

: Introduction by Natalia Makarova.

: Interviewees: Susan Jaffe, José Manuel Carreño, Kevin McKenzie, John Gardner, Amanda McKerrow, Julie Kent, Robert Hill, Vladimir Malakhov, Alessandra Ferri, Julio Bocca, Paloma Herrera, Angel Corella, Ethan Stiefel.

: Editor, Girish Bhargava ; lighting director, Alan Adelman ; executive producer, Jac Venza.

: Polonaise from The sleeping beauty / choreography after Marius Petipa, staged by Kenneth MacMillan ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; set and costumes, Nicholas Georgiadis ; lighting, Thomas Skelton ; danced by the Company.

: Black swan pas de deux from Swan lake / choreography after Marius Petipa ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; costumes, José Coronado ; danced by Susan Jaffe and José Manuel Carreño.

: Pas de deux from The leaves are fading / choreography, Antony Tudor ; music, Antonín Dvorák ; set, Ming Cho Lee ; costumes, Patricia Zipprodt ; lighting, Jennifer Tipton ; danced by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner.

: Pas de deux from Cruel world / choreography, James Kudelka ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; costumes, Carmen Alie, Denis Lavoie ; lighting, Scott Zielinski ; danced by Julie Kent and Robert Hill.

: Remanso / choreography, set, costumes, lighting, Nacho Duato ; music, Enrique Granados ; associate lighting designer, Brad Fields ; danced by Vladimir Malakhov, Parrish Maynard, and Keith Roberts.

: Balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet / choreography, Kenneth MacMillan ; music, Sergey Prokofiev ; set and costumes, Nicholas Georgiadis ; lighting, Thomas Skelton ; danced by Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca.

: Grand pas de deux from Don Quixote / choreography after Marius Petipa ; music, Léon Minkus ; costumes, Santo Loquasto ; danced by Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella.

: Third movement from Bruch violin concerto no. 1 / choreography, Clark Tippet ; music, Max Bruch ; set, Zack Brown ; costumes, Dain Marcus ; lighting, Jennifer Tipton ; danced by Ashley Tuttle and Ethan Stiefel, Julie Kent and Robert Hill, Paloma Herrera and Keith Roberts, Yan Chen and Angel Corella, and Company.

: Ballets videotaped in performance at City Center, New York, in November 1997. Telecast by Thirteen/WNET on the Great Performances: Dance in America series on May 27, 1998.

: A sampling of American Ballet Theatre's current repertory, represented by seven excerpts and a full ballet, Remanso, danced by an array of the company's principal dancers. Interspersed with the ballets are commentaries by Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of American Ballet Theater, and twelve leading dancers, who discuss the ballets they perform on the tape, and their experiences and perceptions as members of the company.

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djb , you surely know how to make me happy ... Those photos of Jaffe are truly superb!! :jump: :jump: :jump:

I encourage the idea of coming up with yet another emoticon - :drop off the chair: (with a loud ka-boom!)


(Any similar sites with a similar photogallery of the ballet GODS, by the way?)

All that comes to a final: THANKS A MILLION, DJB !! :)

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