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    Quote Originally Posted by sharik View Post
    [modern classical dance] no such thing exists, other than in advertising campaigns for those dance companies unable to dance properly and whose dancers had been regected from classical ballet.
    Very strange concept. You mean that modern choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp and others are barking up a nonexistent tree?

    Here's what I think: you're totally hooked on Tchaikovsky (who in fact is great, and who wrote perhaps the greatest classical ballets) and your love for his compositions muddles your view of legitimate modern classical dance.

    If you prefer the traditional style, fine, so be it. I happen to prefer modern classical dance. Both are good and I happily acknowledge both styles as terrific in their own venues and frames.

    But for you to totally ignore and reject modern classical dance as failed ballet, dancers and choreographers who aren't good enough for the Wooden Prince or the White/Black Swan? Specious.

    Anyone here who's familiar with both aspects of dance, classical ballet and modern classical dance, feel free to weigh in, please. I contend that sharik is not being realistic at all, that he's off base to totally reject modern dance as a falsehood or a failed classical. He may prefer the classic, okay, that's his prerogative, but to ignore, to reject people like Twyla Tharp or George Balanchine? Gimme a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    You mean that modern choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp and others are barking up a nonexistent tree?
    i meant the likes of Pina Baus and Mats Ek and Nacho Duato and so on... as for Balanchine's - his sort is not modern or contemporary but just a mediocre classical ballet kind of dance, rather outdated and secondary.

    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    you're totally hooked on Tchaikovsky
    not at all. here's what i'm into at the moment -

    Shostakovitch The Bolt




    Last edited by sharik; Aug-15-2013 at 08:05.

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    Been on vacation the last few weeks. Nice to see the new forum has gotten off to such a good start. Enjoyed reading everyone's input so far. Swan Lake is my favorite although I have not attended any live performances yet, but I'm hoping to do as soon as the local company gets around to doing it again. I own the Mariinsky Ballet's blu-ray version, which I watch from time-to-time. There is no substitute for a live performance though.

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    My favorite ballet: the swan lake for the music
    Paquita for the choreography
    Bolero could come first but it is almost never more played in ballet.
    But this latest one is one the most played music in the world with its repeated theme and fantastic crescendo

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    'La Sylphide' Lovenskiold

    2 by Bernstein
    'Fancy Free'
    'Dybbuk'

    Although it is rarely performed, Walter Piston's 'The Incredible Flutist' is remarkable. I helped stage a production of it w/my son as the Flutist
    Last edited by TrevBus; Aug-16-2013 at 06:17.

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    @sharik and all:



    This is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! I already adored the suite, but now I can hear EVERYTHING! All 3 acts in full!! Already listened to this fully, and I found the other 2 acts on youtube as well. I'm gonna die of pleasure.
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    I guess I'm unoriginal but I've always loved Swan Lake, the combination of music and well presented dance can be a delight.

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    If someone asked me how I like opera and ballet, I would say that I like to see opera and listen to ballet (although I do own a lot of opera on CD, and I listen on the computer). Seeing people constantly dance for two hours on end is for me like watching paint dry. My favourite ballet is Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake; the Finale just gets me every time. Long-breathed lines, and an opening blaze of fire that grabs attention. I do, however, also enjoy excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. (I only like the suite of the latter; no toy instruments). All in all, I enjoy highlights rather than sitting down to listen to a complete ballet. Who knows, maybe I will one day?

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    I'm a passionate balletomane and it's tough to pick just one score as a favorite. Tchaikovsky comes to mind immediately. He completely revolutionized the genre and demonstrated that ballet music was a form to be taken seriously. Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are masterpieces of melody, orchestration, story telling and "danceability". But IMO The Sleeping Beauty is in a class by itself. It's 3 hours of gorgeous narrative dance music. I attended dozens of his ballet performances and the way his music comes to life with an orchestra playing live and dancers onstage moving to his music is extraordinary.

    Prokofiev's ballets are great too. Romeo & Juliet I think is his magnum opus. The score's dramatic and lyric power bowls one over. Cinderella is a beautiful score but differs from R&J in that Prokofiev fits the score into classical dance forms: pas de deux, variations, waltzes, etc. Cinderella is arguably Prokofiev's homage to Tchaikovsky.

    Other great ballet scores are Stravinsky's Firebird, Petrushka and Apollo and Ravel's stunning Daphnis & Chloe.

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    I know this thread is old, but...

    My favorite ballet is Don Quixote. The music is so passionate, dramatic, fun, and elegant!!!

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    My favorite ballet is Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. I've never seen it, and I don't really care about dancing at all, just music. The music is great and this ballet contains an incredible quantity of good music. Does anyone know how long it is?

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    I think it's about two hours, maybe a bit less.

    (p.s. Look at the first post!)

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    Swan Lake :-D I'll come back when I can elaborate on my reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hreichgott View Post
    Cinderella! (Prokofiev) I regularly just listen to this for entertainment even without having choreography to look at. It's gorgeous music and there is not a dull moment. I intend to learn one or more of the piano concert suites from it at some point.
    This one has been in my wishlist for quite some time now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhDDOHYRrZc
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    Coppelia (not all productions), La Bayadère, Swan Lake...I love ballets, but I'm rather picky...
    And i almost forgot Don Quixote!
    I loved, loved this production:

    Last edited by sabrina; Nov-10-2013 at 22:25.

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