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Author:  LMCtech [ Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:53 am ]
Post subject:  What to adapt now....

I have been interested in the present trend to turn plays, movies, operas, musicals, novels, etc into ballets. Recently we've seen reviews of "Carousel", "The Seagull", The Three Musketeers", and many others on this forum. This isn't of course a new trend: mythology, folk tales and Shakespeare have been a rich source for ballet/dance for centuries.

So is there anything you would REALLY like to see adapted?


Or really NOT like to see adapted?


I wouldn't mind seeing a version of Sweeney Todd as a ballet. That could satisfyingly gory for a good Halloween program.

I seriously doubt that "Grease" would work though.

Author:  salzberg [ Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:23 pm ]
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LMCtech wrote:
So is there anything you would REALLY like to see adapted?


Moby Dick.

Author:  Cassandra [ Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:25 am ]
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I wouldn't mind seeing a version of Sweeney Todd as a ballet.


Kenneth MacMillan did one in the late 50's or early 60's.

Author:  djb [ Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:59 am ]
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Cassandra wrote:
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I wouldn't mind seeing a version of Sweeney Todd as a ballet.


Kenneth MacMillan did one in the late 50's or early 60's.

I thought that sounded familiar when I read the suggestion.

How about an adaptation of the entire series of "Halloween"?

Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Apr 02, 2007 2:15 pm ]
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Hmmm, interesting choice. Very gory. Is the story epic enough?

Moby Dick is definitely epic enough. It might actually improve significantly from a ballet treatment.

What about one of those Hong Kong kung fu films? They are very "dancey" already.

Author:  ingve [ Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:21 am ]
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It would be a challenge to do Titanic.

Ingve

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:27 am ]
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djb wrote:

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What about one of those Hong Kong kung fu films? They are very "dancey" already.


One of the leading exponents, Zhang Yimou (although mainland Chinese, rather than HK) has already worked with National Ballet of China to make a ballet out of his "Raise the Red Lantern". And the result was an international hit and I'm convinced that this ballet experience can be observed in his later sword spectaculars: "Hero", "House of flying Daggers", "Curse of the Golden Flower".

Author:  Alex R [ Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:50 pm ]
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Perhaps something like Sin City or some kind of film noir with a pre-recorded narrative playing with the music.

Author:  Toba Singer [ Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:41 pm ]
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I vote for "The Illusionist."

Author:  LMCtech [ Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:13 pm ]
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Oooh, I like the film oir suggestion.

What about "The Maltese Falcon" as a ballet. I think Matthew Bourne could something interesting with that.

Or what about neo-noir subjects like "LA Confidential"? Kim Basinger's character could be a modern day Lady of the Camillias.

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