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Helena

31-07-01, 06:03 PM (GMT)
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"can anyone help me"
 
   has anybody heard of a balanchine ballet entitled Union jack?
any thoughts on it?


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  RE: can anyone help me James 31-07-01 1
  RE: can anyone help me eugene merrett 31-07-01 2
     RE: can anyone help me Meunier 31-07-01 3
         RE: can anyone help me helena 31-07-01 4

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James

31-07-01, 06:17 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: can anyone help me"
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   I think it was filmed in 1993(?) for a tribute to GB - if it's the one I'm thinking of. The corps were all dressed in sailor suits and it's very energetic with lots of mock horn-piping and a finale tableau with a giant Union Jack as the backcloth. Can't remember what music was used. I may have it on video.


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eugene merrett

31-07-01, 06:19 PM (GMT)
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   As part of the American Bicenteinial celebrations in 1976 Balanchine decided to honour the enemy - the British!

It is a funny ballet which is not allways in good taste.

Part 1 has hardly any dancing - more a solumn defile set to scottish bag pipes and Handel's music!

Part 2 is a curious music hall routine with a couple (in Cockney Pearly costumes!) and a boy.

Part 3 is rather silly in my view. It is a tribute to our navy set to well known "Jack TAr" tunes. But it is closer to Fancy Free then the Royal Navy - and I certainly did not care for incredibly sexist view of Naval Wrens!
It ends with over 60 people on the stage with signal flags doing "God save the Queen" in Semaphore!! - To the music of "Rule Britannia!!"


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Meunier

31-07-01, 09:45 PM (GMT)
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   Sorry, Eugene. Had to respond to this one.

Whatever else you may feel, the first movement of Union Jack has a hell of a lot of dancing in it! Balanchine takes classical steps from Highland and Scottish Country Dancing (which came from the French Court Dances in the first place) and spins them into amazing perspectives as only he could wreathed from the perspective of different regiments. It is devishly difficult Movement (not mention sophisticated, of course) and there are, at its conclusion, over 80 dancers on stage.

If you get the chance, see it, do. (Sadly it won't be in London as there is still no where large enough to hold it - short of a stadium, which would not be appropriate, see: floor, etc.)

The first movement of Union Jack has the thrill of the Tattoo from a wholly balletic perspective.


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helena

31-07-01, 10:07 PM (GMT)
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   ive only seen the last part but it is undeniabley fun ...if not highbrow enough 4 others.


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