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 Post subject: Keeping Story Ballets Vital
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2001 11:23 am 

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Jennifer Dunning of the NY Times has "A Modest Proposal" for waking up dance classics, and analyzes contemporary stagings:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>What is the pull? The classics are infinitely renewable and in the public domain. They can also be the aesthetic equivalent of comfort food. Yet when invested with a life of their own, with the kind of faith and commitment that colored Soviet ballet performing in the mid-20th century, the classics do approach the pure vitality of dance. <P>That ideal is probably too much to ask, however, of choreographers and performers living in so different a time. George Balanchine — a man who once grumbled that all you needed to do to sell a ballet was to call it "Swan Lake" — set in motion a way of thinking about classical dancing that led to the shouldering aside of explicitly narrative ballets. Movement could convey all the necessary information in a dance. <P>Today, performers seem to find it as hard to portray a character as choreographers do to tell a story. And so the challenge, with 19th-century ballets, is to make the classics live for audiences of another time.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE . . . </B></A><p>[This message has been edited by Belinda (edited October 09, 2001).]

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