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 Post subject: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2000 6:40 pm 
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-wins one of the 2000 Governor's Arts Awards, to be presented Mon., Nov. 20 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.backstage.com/news/ny/nyn20001120123723.asp" TARGET=_blank>http://www.backstage.com/news/ny/nyn20001120123723.asp</A> <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The awards were established in 1966 by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller to recognize the best of the arts community and to celebrate outstanding individuals and organizations in their fields. Nominations are made by the public, selected by the New York Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and confirmed by the governor. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>[Edited by Stuart to reformat the quoted text]<p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited November 24, 2000).]

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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2000 11:45 pm 
I really wonder what Mr. Martins has done to deserve this accolade. It's not as if New York City Ballet is flourishing under his direction, as it did under Balanchine's! On the other hand, many are of the view that its Balanchine heritage has declined considerably in the past decade under Martins as director.<p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited November 24, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2000 5:56 am 
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This is off subject, I know - please forgive me - but - Kevin - I was in the downtown library in San Diego and I saw your magazine on display. It is a very interesting magazine indeed.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2000 7:39 am 
Basheva, thanks.<p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited November 26, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2000 3:39 pm 
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Kevin, agree with your opinion on Peter Martins. Peter Martins came into his directorhsip with some of the greatest artistic masterpieces of the 20C under his control. I guess I'm just not clear on what he's done to further this legacy---?? To deserve this award? What COUDLD he have done--it's not everyday that a Jerome Robbins and a George Balanchine walk through the door?


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2000 7:24 pm 
Trina, thanks. Of course it's not everyday that a genius choreographer of Balanchine's stature can walk through Martins' door. But the very least that Martins could have done is to honour the Balanchine legacy and keep it in a good shape. I noticed that Martins has shown no interest to revive 'lost' Balanchine ballets, and that the percentage of Mr. B's ballets in active repertory seems to have dropped to barely half in recent seasons.<p>[This message has been edited by Kevin Ng (edited November 26, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2000 7:36 pm 
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Interestingly, Diablo Ballet here in the Bay Area has been keeping rare Balanchine works alive. They just performed his Harlequinade this past weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2000 10:41 pm 
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Diablo revived the original 1950 version that was choreographed by Balanchine for Maria Tallchief and Andre Eglevsky. Patricia McBride and Edward Villella premiered it for NYCB in 1965. Marina Eglevsky, Andre Eglevsky's daughter who is now a choreologist for Diablo, set this work on the company. Balanchine modified the work in 1973 by using the complete Riccardo Drigo score. Cheryl Yeager and Mikhail Baryshnikov premiered it for ABT in 1982.<P>As far as I know, only a handful of professional ballet companies in the US have this work in their current repertoire. It is no longer performed by NYCB. Hence, my earlier comment (in response to Kevin's post about Martins' legacy). Not surprising then that many have not seen this ballet other than for an old black and white video.<P>This work is rare enough that no viable recording of Drigo's score can easily be found; both Diablo and Dance Galaxy (Judith Fugate's company) who also performed it recently had to perform this work to live music.<P>A review in the SF Chronicle of this recent performance (not yet available on their web site) described it as "playful" and "sweetly danced" which makes one wonder why Martins has not been active in maintaining this type of work in NYCB's active repertoire.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2000 11:04 pm 
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I assume that this is all done under the auspices of the Balanchine Trust. I would be very interested in hearing about how that this process works in practise, especially with a rare piece such as 'Harlequinade'.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2000 1:49 am 
Azlan, thanks for your information on Balanchine's "Harlequinade". All credit to Diablo Ballet for acquiring it. I am lucky to have seen this ballet once on a visit to New York in the mid-1980s. I saw Patricia McBride (who created the role.) This two-act ballet is sheer joy. NYCB should really revive it.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2000 3:58 am 
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Hi!<BR>Actually, NYCB has done Harlequinade in the 1990s, as I distinctly remember seeing Ethan Stiefel perform in it before he left for ABT.<P>NYCB did all of Balanchine's ballets during the Balanchine Festival. However, their rep is so large that they simply can't do every ballet every year. And they can't do just Balanchine-I for one enjoy seeing a mix of chereographers and older/newer ballets.<BR>Kate


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2000 6:05 am 
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Another description from Blair Tindall of the Contra Costa Times of "Harlequinade":<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>At last, Balanchine's "Harlequinade Pas de Deux" refreshed, delighting the audience with coy humor and virtuostic ballet. Performed in an early and rare 1950 version (the more commonly performed is from 1973), Tina Kay Bohnstedt and Viktor Kabaniaev sparkled with tight pirouettes, leaps and spins. Both dancers' casual, fun attitude was infectious.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>The above review can be found in the <B><A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000554.html" TARGET=_blank>Diablo Ballet</A></B> thread.<P>ksneds, perhaps it was the 1973 version you saw at NYCB.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2000 1:08 pm 
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kevin--thanks for your reminder and observations about lost Balanchine ballets. I guess I'm not as "in the loop" as I used to be when I lived in New York. Do you know of any other ballets of Balanchine that could be revived?


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2000 3:06 pm 
An obvious one that comes to mind is "Symphonie Concertante" which ABT staged in the late 1980s. Personally I think that reviving these 'lost' Balanchine ballets would be a lot more worthwhile for NYCB than premiering new works of no real merit.


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 Post subject: Re: Peter Martins / Diablo's Harlequinade
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Kevin, I continue to remain neutral on the great Martins debate, having never seen NYCB. However, i do not believe that a great ballet company can survive without commissionning new work. <P>Most agree that this is a weak time for choreographers from the ballet world, but the NYCB commissionning programme has unearthed Christopher Wheeldon, who is seen by many as one of the most promising young ballet choreographers around. <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited November 27, 2000).]


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