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    Quote Originally Posted by GodotsArrived View Post
    Many years ago I saw John Neumeier's (Hamburg) ballet version of St Matthew Passion (in which he predictably cast himself as Jesus Christ). Actually, it worked quite well and was an engaging evening perhaps because the nature of that piece lent itself rather more to visual drama than the cello suites. So perhaps Bach can be danced after all. With regard to Falling Down Stairs I agree entirely with your observation above. By the way, SMP also worked better, in my opinion, than Neumeier's ballet to Mahler 3.

    If you've never seen L'Allegro, try to. In my view that's Morris' masterpiece (well, one among many) and a perfect synthesis of dance and music. There's some nice footage here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAX7WF6iMcU
    That linked to the Cello Suite.

    In New York, several years ago, Peter Sellars' staged (not choreographed) version of SMP with the Berlin Philharmonic drew a very mixed response.
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    Just back from an evening of Balanchine. "Allegro Brillante" (to Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3) and "The Four Temperaments" were wonderful. His one act version of "Swan Lake" (basically a variant of Act II) did nothing for me. It seemed to me as if someone told him the Company needed a "Swan Lake," and he replied "I'll throw something together." Apparently he used Ivanov's choreography as his source. (NYCB now has a complete "Swan Lake" choreographed by Peter Martins.)

    And except for Odette, all of the swans were in black! The visual presentation was dark overall without the romance and mystery moonlight can bring.
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    My daughter studied ballet at Palma Conservatoire for some time, thus she loves ballet. We've atended some performances in cinema. I remember a wonderful Romeo and Juliet from Royal ballet in ROH. I'm not an especial lover of ballet (mainly Minkus ballets), but I like it (not as much as operas and concerts).

    Next month we'll be visiting London and I've bought tickets for The Sleeping Beauty in ROH. I'm looking forward to atending to that ballet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lluissineu View Post
    My daughter studied ballet at Palma Conservatoire for some time, thus she loves ballet. We've atended some performances in cinema. I remember a wonderful Romeo and Juliet from Royal ballet in ROH. I'm not an especial lover of ballet (mainly Minkus ballets), but I like it (not as much as operas and concerts).

    Next month we'll be visiting London and I've bought tickets for The Sleeping Beauty in ROH. I'm looking forward to atending to that ballet.
    Any famous dancers on the list?
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    The nice thing about being 48 is that I don't give a ***** what my male friends think of me going to the ballet. My wife first suggested it so I was on board. Watching the skill, athleticism, and pure artistic abilities of the males and females is amazing.

    I can't fathom being able to do such a thing. I probably would have resisted in my twenties but with age brings the ability of enjoying beauty.

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    I like ballet but there isn't much of it performed where I live. I've only attended two stagings, both were The Nutcracker. In addition, I watched a performance of Daphnis et Chloë on YouTube once. I've mainly focused on opera this past year or two but I would like to learn more about ballet and enjoy some of its best works.

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    Seeing it on video is not the same as seeing it live, but it can provide great pleasure. I mentioned in another thread that last month PBS, the U.S. public television network, broadcast two hour long shows of the New York City Ballet. They can be seen on the PBS website for another week or so.

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    It is true unfortunately that not many ballets get to be performed live nowadays, especially not in a small town like here.. but i do remember my father taking me to see one nearby when i was 5 or so, that's pretty much all. Cant remember what it was called though haha I would just watch them on tv every sunday evenings.

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    Looking forward to attending New York City Ballet twice in the next 5 days. A number of works I have never seen, including several premieres, mostly from young choreographers. Especially excited to see two works by Alexei Ratmansky: "Pictures at an Exhibition" which I've seen once and loved, and a new work.

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    So, yesterday afternoon was a mixed bag. Peter Martins' ballet to Stravinsky's "Jeu de Cartes" was quite entertaining, and Alexei Ratmansky's new ballet, "Odessa" to music Leonid Desyatnikov (derived from a film score) was fascinating. I've seen the Pas de Deux from "After the Rain" (set to Part's "Spiegel in Spiegel") several times before, and I had a difficult time trying to sever the work from its interpretation by Wendy Whelan in what was one of her signature roles. It just seemed created for her individual physicality - because it was.

    The other two ballets were choreographed by dancers in the Company. The first, to Schumann's Introduction and Concert Allegro, had interesting moments but at times seemed overly busy. The final work to a jazz-like score did not catch my fancy, although I did enjoy the guitar centered jazz-like (Metheny-ish) score.
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    Back again last night for a very satisfying evening. Highlights were:

    "Carousel (A Dance)" set to the music from the musical
    "Year of the Rabbit" set to music of Sufjan Stevens
    and best of all
    "Pictures at an Exhibition" set to - oh, well, you know. The piano version.

    There were two shorter works as well, one set to Ravel and the other set to music from Christopher Rouse.

    I don't know if any other companies are performing Ratmansky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," but I can't recommend it highly enough. It is simply one of the most entertaining ballet's I've ever seen.

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