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AnnWilliams

02-06-02, 04:22 PM (GMT)
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"Ballet gala menus?"
 
   Louise Levene in the Sunday Telegraph today is her usual amusing self. Commenting on the Kirov's performance this week, she said that the Don Quixote pas-de-deux was rapidly becoming 'the prawn cocktail' of international ballet gala menus. This simile is as apt as it is funny, and I would like to take it up. Sticking to a typical 70s-style (food) menu, could anyone make suggestions for balletic equivalents to a typical 70s main course and pudding, say glazed gammon with pineapple followed by Black Forest gateau?

I'll kick it off with a suggestion for the main course - the balcony pdd from MacMillan's 'Romeo & Juliet'. Lovely as it is, it seems to be cropping up all over the place these days.


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  RE: Ballet gala menus? alison 06-06-02 1
     RE: Ballet gala menus? AEHandley 06-06-02 2
         RE: Ballet gala menus? James 07-06-02 3
             RE: Ballet gala menus? alison 10-06-02 4

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alison

06-06-02, 01:11 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet gala menus?"
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   Surely the BFG must be the Black Swan pdd - something I'm never totally happy with as gala fare, since it is supposed to be a narrative piece, and taken out of context just turns into a showstopper la Don Q.


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AEHandley

06-06-02, 10:58 PM (GMT)
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   But anything taken out of context turns into a showstopper - and at least this one works like that.


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James

07-06-02, 06:20 PM (GMT)
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   Wouldn't the pudding have to be the Dying Swan, i.e. Pavlova?

There was a time when every so often a ballet party piece would be given in the Royal Variety Performance. I can vaguely remember in the dim distant past Nadia Nerina in the Rose Adagio. That doesn't seem to be performed as a stand alone item these days, but the old London Festival Ballet had it in their rep. It can, of course, be a real showstopper.


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alison

10-06-02, 01:33 PM (GMT)
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   The last time I remember a ballet piece being done in the RVP was Bussell & Cassidy in the balcony pdd from R&J, if I remember correctly. I also remember seeing AMP's Dance of the Cygnets excerpted, but can't remember whether that was at a RVP or elsewhere.


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