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    Hi- I am new and this is my first post! I have been around classical ballet my whole life. Glad to find a forum of like minded people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fauxmaven View Post
    Hi- I am new and this is my first post! I have been around classical ballet my whole life. Glad to find a forum of like minded people!
    Welcome! Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

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    I know alot about ballet. I was lucky enough to meet Anthony Dowell and Antoinette Sibley of the Royal Ballet when they came to our house for dinner. My son attended the School of American Ballet in NYC and had opportunities to perform with NYCB in Nutcracker, as well as with ABT, before they had a school. I saw Margot Fonteyn and Nureyev perform their their first time in LA. I studied ballet as a child. Lots of information to share!
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    Wow! My only interaction with the dancers was at a private NYCB reception back in 2000. We were there courtesy of a connection with my girlfriend at the time. The problem was that at the time I hadn’t developed my interest in ballet, so I didn’t know who anybody was.
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    I'm not a ballet fan really but I enjoy quite a lot of ballet music. But most of it is probably too long for regular listening as pure music. Sometimes there is a good suite that works for me and some ballets - notably those by Stravinsky - work well as pure music and do not seem a minute too long. It is probably time for me to spend a bit of time understanding and appreciating dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Many of the good ones can’t be found on YouTube in high quality video. But you can find segments of Jerome Robbins’ “Dancers at a Gathering” here.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=danc...665&dpr=2#ip=1

    The ballet consists of a number of dances set to the solo piano works of Chopin.
    An excellent DVD of the Royal Ballet performing Dances at a Gathering has just been released. The coupling is especially interesting too. See here http://www.musicweb-international.co...-OABD7277D.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    An excellent DVD of the Royal Ballet performing Dances at a Gathering has just been released. The coupling is especially interesting too. See here http://www.musicweb-international.co...-OABD7277D.htm
    Thanks! Just ordered it from Amazon.co.uk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    Yes, I enjoy watching and listening to the ballet. It is much more enjoyable than just listening. Unlike opera, you need the visual for the complete experience.
    Not for me. I don’t really enjoy watching opera or ballet. I get an incredible amount of pleasure by just listening to the music. Of course, I do sometimes like to know about the narrative of the ballet, so I’ll read a synopsis of it beforehand. But, I think if you enjoy listening to the music, then that’s all that truly matters. I will also say that just because something does have a story or some kind of narrative, it doesn’t mean I’ll come away with that experience after listening to it. A scene in a ballet could be described as a being a night scene with haunting creatures lurking in the background, but what I interpret it to be is a scene at sunset walking along a pier and listening to the water hitting the shore. We all experience music in a different way and hear things through our own unique frame of mind and this experience is completely singular and not one person will hear what you hear. That’s the great thing about this music --- there’s no wrong to interpret it.
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