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Peter Martins’ Ballets - Which Will Stand the Test of Time?

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20 hours ago, CharlieH said:

I mean this more as a sad reflection. Lifar & Martins both led major ballet troupes for many years, both suffered from “a whif of scandal” during their terms (for very different reasons/allegations), and were both highly prolific choreographers, yet a very small percentage of their respective outputs is -in Lifar’s case - still in the rep or - in Martins’ case - in danger of the same fate. 

I understand your point, but I was just so impressed with the comparison -- Martins is in many ways a contemporary version of Lifar, and the rest of his career may indeed follow the same pattern.

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On 2/8/2018 at 7:02 PM, sandik said:

I understand your point, but I was just so impressed with the comparison -- Martins is in many ways a contemporary version of Lifar, and the rest of his career may indeed follow the same pattern.

Thanks, Sandik. I just didn’t want folks to think that I was pegging Lifar’s known pro-Nazi feelings to Martins.

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On ‎2‎/‎6‎/‎2018 at 2:12 PM, CharlieH said:

 

...My vote for “best ballets” that should remain in the rotating -active rep, because of their musicality & excitement factor:

Fearful Symmetries

Hallelujah Junction

Barber Violin Concerto...

Add to those Magic Flute,   Sleeping Beauty[Balanchine Garland], La Sylphide [Bournonville 100k from the NEA for Martins staging], Symphonic Dances got polite applause, Zakouski [Kennedy Center repeat for spring 2018].  It has been staged at Royal Danish Ballet [Nikolaj Hubbe AD and original cast at NYCB] and Bavarian.  https://www.pgfusa.org/award-winners/view/Margaret-Tracey/   15 minutes and 2 dancers.    Some adjustments on SL tempo and perhaps since Stafford  negotiated the slap in R + J...  

Some minor changes in costumes/choreography [same "team" for R&J] ,  redefining Romeo. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/06/25/old-and-new-2  Juliet walks down the stairs from the balcony- Romeo just stands there.   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/arts/dance/review-romeo-juliet-peter-martins-new-york-city-ballet.html       "What on earth impelled Mr. Martins to make Romeo suddenly wrap Tybalt’s head in his cloak and stab him repeatedly in the back? "   Romeo entering the crypt is in anguish over Tybalt-blood on hands.   The dance at the ball is done with child like skipping and other characters present [private encounter in McMillan and Cranko].
 

 

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