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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    This is a joke..... right?

    Yeah, I was poking fun at the comment above that said the same thing about ballet and not liking dancing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scopitone View Post
    Yeah, I was poking fun at the comment above that said the same thing about ballet and not liking dancing.
    I forgot the
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    Present from my dearest.

    Tchaikovsky Gala

    Tchaikovsky:Swan Lake, Op. 20 (excerpts)
    Vladimir Bourmeister (Choreography & staging) & Roberta Guidi di Bagno (Sets & costumes)
    Polina Semionova, Roberto Bolle, Maurizio Licitra, Gianni Ghisleni & Flavia Vallone

    Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (excerpts)
    Marius Petipa (Choreography) & Franca Squarciapino (Costumes)

    Marta Romagna, Antonino Sutera & Daniela Cavalleri

    The Nutcracker Ballet, Op. 71 (Excerpts)
    Patrice Bart (Choreography and staging) & Luisa Spinatelli (Costumes)

    Nadja Saidakova & Ronald Savkovic

    Corpo di Ballo ed Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, David Coleman
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    the Daghilev ballets, three most famous of them, staged by Fohkin to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky.









    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballets_Russes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    the Daghilev ballets, three most famous of them, staged by Fohkin to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky.









    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballets_Russes
    Found one for € 5.00 euro, delivered, thanks for the tip.
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    I do hope this gets a DVD release, must have for ballet lovers.




    The Dancer, based on the life off Sergei Polunin


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Polunin
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    New York City Ballet in Paris was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray. This is a treat as the NYCB does not often release video versions of its performances.

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    For anyone interested, of the four ballets on the program the latter two are the more interesting (IMO - but also by general consensus, it seems).

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    This is perhaps an admission that will raise boos and heckling, but as much as I love ballet music, I often find the conventions of ballet itself to be strangely off-putting. I seem to like the actual dancing in small doses. I am not sure that this is an entirely unique view or there would be no audience for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (which, by the way, is available on DVD).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS View Post
    I often find the conventions of ballet itself to be strangely off-putting.
    it simply isn't your cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS View Post
    This is perhaps an admission that will raise boos and heckling, but as much as I love ballet music, I often find the conventions of ballet itself to be strangely off-putting. I seem to like the actual dancing in small doses. I am not sure that this is an entirely unique view or there would be no audience for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (which, by the way, is available on DVD).
    Is it the story-telling aspects that put you off? I prefer non-narrative ballet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    it simply isn't your cup of tea.
    I do still treasure your tip about the Daghilev ballets, the are great .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    it simply isn't your cup of tea.
    That may well be true. It think it may be the degree of abstraction necessary to vaguely tell a story without any words. (At least a silent movie has insert titles for key plot points.) The staging and costumes are generally a plus, although usually less elaborate than opera, and needing to leave a large part of the stage open. After a while, it all begins to feel like a mime marathon, although the dancing is obviously more intricate and involving.

    The Nutcracker is okay, perhaps because I already know the story so well. And, of course, there is no harm at all in just sticking with the music on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAS View Post
    That may well be true. It think it may be the degree of abstraction necessary to vaguely tell a story without any words. (At least a silent movie has insert titles for key plot points.) The staging and costumes are generally a plus, although usually less elaborate than opera, and needing to leave a large part of the stage open. After a while, it all begins to feel like a mime marathon, although the dancing is obviously more intricate and involving.

    The Nutcracker is okay, perhaps because I already know the story so well. And, of course, there is no harm at all in just sticking with the music on its own.
    Why don't you try a plotless ballet. I posted a YouTube video of "Serenade," one of the best, on the Tchaikovsky ballet thread today. The music is his "Serenade for Strings." (OK - it looks like there's some story associated with the last portion, but Balanchine intentionally left it completely ambiguous.)

    What I end up focusing on is the beauty of the human body in its response to music.
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