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Renee Renouf Hall

06-09-00, 07:27 AM (GMT)
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"Reviews of NYC Ballet in Edinburgh"
 
   It's fascinating to read comments about costuming etc. and
Balanchine's penchant for plotless works. It wasn't always
true. There can be no clearer story line than in Prodigal Son
or in La Concurrence, the ballet lost somewhere on the docks
in a German seaport at the outbreak of WW II I am told.
There is a story thread in A La Francaix, Midsummer's Night's
Dream and Don Quixote, and, to some extent, in Liebenslieder
Waltzen. Balanchine certainly was not the dramatist that Massine or Fokine were,but he had some things to say dramatically.
Regarding costumes, Balanchine had to make do in the early days
of New York City Ballet, or Ballet Society as it was known. But
there were some costumes even then. I remember a photograph of a young Tanaquil Le Clerq in Bacchus and Ariane, (I think), and
there's La Valse. When he had the money, he began to decorate
and then some.
I don't know whether there's a video available of Violette Verdy
dancing in the Tchaikovsky pas de deux, but her combination of
fleetness and feminine charm requires a ballerina of equal accomplishment and character to bring that off.


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  RE: Reviews of NYC Ballet in Edinburgh Ann Williams 06-09-00 1
  NYC Ballet Stephanie Wragg 06-09-00 2
     RE: NYC Ballet meunier 06-09-00 3

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Ann Williams

06-09-00, 09:23 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Reviews of NYC Ballet in Edinburgh"
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And don't forget 'La Somnambula', Renee. It's lovely, full of drama and tension. I wish one of our companies would do it.


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Stephanie Wragg

06-09-00, 10:16 AM (GMT)
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2. "NYC Ballet"
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   > Waltzen. Balanchine certainly was
>not the dramatist that Massine
>or Fokine were,but he had
>some things to say dramatically. ***Did he really? I am not convinced. I remember reading about a rehearsal Balanchine was conducting. Apparently the 2 dancers working on a pas de deux, Youskevitch and Alonso (I am pretty sure it's her), were over-emoting by his standards and Balanchine is reported as saying something like "why are you trying to put a story into the dance, this is a man and a woman dancing together, what more of a story do you want?"
>

>I don't know whether there's a
>video available of Violette Verdy
>
>dancing in the Tchaikovsky pas de
>deux, but her combination of
>
>fleetness and feminine charm requires a
>ballerina of equal accomplishment and
>character to bring that off. ***There should be a black and white version available somewhere because I have seen it on TV when I was in the US, she is dancing it with Jacques d'Amboise. She seems to barely touch the ground in her variations.


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meunier

06-09-00, 11:18 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: NYC Ballet"
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   There are other Balanchine ballets with stories. I have always felt that the Royal Ballet would profit (literally) greatly from the the 2 act, Harlequinade. It is delightful and the children mirror in major sections the exact steps of the adults. Delightful for the whole family and musical too!!! Yum, yum. Does not Slaughter on Tenth Avenue have a story? For me, Davidbunetanze (sp?) also has a very clear narrative through line - but that just may be my wonky eyesight. Vienna Waltzes has a series of four stories, one for each act - all about love and loss, etc., etc., etc.. Hear the dance; see the music.


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