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 Post subject: Re: Pennsylvania Ballet 2004-05 Feedback Forum
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2005 3:20 pm 
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Can't wait to see PABallet's next series. Sounds really interesting. A new ballet by company member Matthew Neenan, Martins Waltz Project and Twyla Tharps Nine Sinatra Songs. I am familiar with Waltz Project but not familiar with Nine Sinatra Songs. Can anyone fill me in on this ballet?


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PENNSYLVANIA BALLET SWOONS TO THE HITS OF OL’ BLUE EYES
IN THE COMPANY PREMIERE OF TWYLA THARP’S NINE SINATRA SONGS

Program includes Peter Martin’s The Waltz Project and
the world premiere of a piece by Pennsylvania Ballet member Matthew Neenan

February 2 – 6 at the Merriam Theater

Pennsylvania Ballet presents the Company premiere of Nine Sinatra Songs, choreographed by Tony Award winner Twyla Tharp, on a program that includes Peter Martin’s The Waltz Project and the world premiere of a piece by Pennsylvania Ballet member Matthew Neenan February 2 through 6 at the Merriam Theatre.
Single tickets, priced $18.50 to $70.50, are available beginning January 4 by calling 215-336-2000 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, extension 1212 or 1213.
Nine Sinatra Songs is a show-stopping tribute to Frank Sinatra, with classic ballroom dance moves and costumes originally designed by Oscar de la Renta. Couples explore the complexities of the male-female bond as they dance to hits like “Strangers in the Night,” “That’s Life” and “My Way.” Each one of the nine songs has its own musical and dance/theater character, ranging from a close couple in late-night rapport to a couple engrossed in a battle of wits and maneuvers. First performed by Twyla Tharp Dance in 1982, this Company premiere is the first piece by Ms. Tharp to be added to Pennsylvania Ballet’s repertoire.
Peter Martin’s The Waltz Project, which was originally choreographed for New York City Ballet and was staged by New York City Ballet Assistant Ballet Master Russell Kaiser (brother of Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser), is based on a group of waltzes published in 1978 and recorded in 1981 by composers Robert Moran (a Philadelphian) and Robert Helps. Each of the 10 sequences used in this ballet are short, like the waltzes, and display jazzy and acrobatic moments interwoven with classic pointe work and ballet steps. The ambience is moody and reminiscent of Jerome Robbins. Pennsylvania Ballet first performed The Waltz Project in March 2002 to glowing reviews.
The program will also include the world premiere of a piece by Pennsylvania Ballet member Matthew Neenan, choreographed to the music of popular singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. With earth-tone costumes designed by Principal Dancer Martha Chamberlain, the six-song work will be performed with a cast of 20 to such songs as “Vibrate,” “Poses” and “Oh What a World.”
The presentation of this ballet was made possible through the generosity of Penny and Bob Fox.
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six productions of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. For more information, call 215-551-7000 or visit www.paballet.org.

Second Program of the 2004-2005 Season:
Nine Sinatra Songs (Twyla Tharp, choreographer; Music: Songs sung by Frank Sinatra)
The Waltz Project (Peter Martins, choreographer; Music by various composers)
TITLE (Matthew Neenan, choreographer; Music by Rufus Wainwright)
Merriam Theater
Wednesday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 3 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 4 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 5 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m.
Single tickets, priced $18.50 to $70.50, are available beginning January 4 by calling 215-336-2000 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, extension 1212.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:23 am 
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I see that John Rockwell, NYTimes critic, traveled to Philly to see this Sinatra Songs program......that's a positive! His review did not give me a complete picture however. Did anyone here see this program yet????


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:14 pm 
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Reviews:

Lisa Kraus in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/entertainment/weekend/10814152.htm

John Rockwell in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/04/arts/dance/04nine.html?oref=login&oref=login


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Francis, thanks for posting the links to the reviews. Since I was unable to attend, these were helpful.


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PENNSYLVANIA BALLET PRESENTS THE COMPANY PREMIERE OF
SIR FREDERICK ASHTON’S LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE

March 4 – 12 at the Academy of Music

Pennsylvania Ballet presents the Company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s hilarious tale La Fille mal gardée (“The Wayward Daughter”) March 4 through 12 at the Academy of Music. Audiences will delight in the clever choreography of this romantic comedy, hailed by The New York Times as “the most enchanting ballet in existence.”
Tickets, priced $20 to $99, are available beginning February 1 by calling Ticket Philadelphia at
215-893-1999 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, extension 1213 or 1212.

The first staging of La Fille mal gardée, by Jean Dauberval, premiered in 1789, on the eve of the French Revolution. Using the original score by Ferdinand Hérold, arranged by John Lanchbery, Sir Frederick Ashton’s version received its premiere by the Royal Ballet in 1960.

The hilarious tale of mismatched lovers takes place in a small French farming village and follows Lise, the young daughter of a wealthy farmer, on her quest to marry Colas, a handsome, young farm worker. Unfortunately, her mother, Mother Simone (who, in the tradition of English theater, is played by a man) disapproves, and instead arranges for Lise to marry Alain, the eccentric, simpleton son of a wealthy vintner. Lise and Colas pursue one another in secret until Mother Simone discovers them and is persuaded to let them wed.

This ballet is filled with charming characters and hilarious antics, including a hilarious “chicken dance” that opens the ballet, Alain’s whimsical solo, and everything the overbearing Widow Simone does. A seamless mixture of mime and dance, this ballet is complete with clogs, a maypole dance and a live pony! In addition to being laugh-out-loud funny, La Fille mal gardée is heartwarming and illuminates the spirit of true love.

Emilio Martins will stage La Fille mal gardée for Pennsylvania Ballet. Mr. Martins has worked with Alexander Grant to stage this ballet since he was invited to be a choreologist in 1995. He has staged La Fille mal gardée for Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Houston Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, among others.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s presentation of La Fille mal gardée was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six productions of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. For more information, call 215-551-7000 or visit www.paballet.org.

Third Program of the 2004-2005 Season:
La Fille mal gardée (“The Wayward Daughter”)
Academy of Music
Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets, priced $20 to $99, are available beginning February 1 by calling 215-893-1999 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, extension 1213 or 1212.

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Anne Neborak reviews the Thursday, February 3, 2005 performance in The News of Delaware County:

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1725&dept_id=498331&newsid=13923147&PAG=461&rfi=9


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Having just read Mr. Rockwell's review of the recent performance (thank you for the posting of the New York Times link), I must respectfully dissent. By his comment ("whatever his past successes may have been"), Mr. Rockwell betrays a obvious lack of knowledge concerning Matthew Neenan's growing body of impressive work. Mr. Rockwell found the piece "bland" ?!?!?!

11:11 may be Mr. Neenan's best work, clearly rivaling Frequencies. I suspect that part of the problem is that Mr. Rockwell simply did not "get it." However, rather than acknowledge his confusion and go forward to judge the choreography of the work on its merits (as the reviwer from the Delaware County Times did), Mr. Rockwell goes forward. His review was a disservice to Mr. Neenan, the Company and the progress of dance in general


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after reading what has been said about 11:11, I really wish I could have seen this ballet. I truly hope that PABallet will perform this at a later date so those of us that missed it will have a chance to see this very interesting piece.


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Moved from another thread:

osiris 661 replied:
"a disservice to the progress of dance in general" WOW! that is quite a statement, rest assured, the industry will be just fine with or without Rockwell's comments.

<small>[ 19 February 2005, 09:23 AM: Message edited by: ksneds ]</small>


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In the Philadelphia Daily News, Tom Di Nardo previews "La fille mal gardee," running for the next two weekends at the Academy of Music:

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entertainment/11048161.htm


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Catching a couple of shows with both casts this weekend....anyone else? More later ;)


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In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Nancy Heller reviews the Friday, March 4, 2005 performance of "La fille mal gardee" at the Academy of Music:

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/magazine/daily/11076551.htm


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A Study of What Works in French Ballet

by JOHN ROCKWELL
the New York Times

Best of all were Arantxa Ochoa and Zachary Hench as the young lovers. Mr. Hench handled Ashton's subtly virtuosic choreography - subtle because it never subverts the innocence by calling preening attention to itself - with impressive panache, and acted well, too. As Lise, Ms. Ochoa beamed like Audrey Hepburn.
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PENNSYLVANIA BALLET PRESENTS THE COMPANY PREMIERE
OF JEROME ROBBINS’ HILARIOUS BALLET, THE CONCERT

Program also includes the Company Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum
and George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations

Pennsylvania Ballet presents the Company Premiere of The Concert, Jerome Robbins’ hilarious look at what concertgoers ponder while watching a classical music concert, from April 27 to May 1 at the Merriam Theater. Also on the program is the Company Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum and George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations.
Single tickets, priced $18.50 to $70.50, are available beginning March 29 by calling 215-336-2000 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, ext. 1219 or 1212.
From the choreographer of Broadway’s Peter Pan, comes The Concert, a riotous masterpiece created by Jerome Robbins in 1956 which follows the actions and straying thoughts of audience members gathered to hear a Chopin piano concert. From the wide-eyed music fan to a pair of teenage gum chewers, and from a bored husband and his stern wife to an angry lady who just wants to hear the music, the production will delight audiences with its clever and witty take on classical music performances. Robbins was fascinated with Chopin and choreographed several other works to his music, including Dances at a Gathering (1969), In the Night (1970) and Other Dances (1976). For Pennsylvania Ballet’s Company Premiere, Pianist Martha Koeneman gets involved in the action, performing the Chopin score alongside the dancers with haughty gestures and funny antics!
The program also includes the Company Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum, originally created for San Francisco Ballet and set to an atonal and arrhythmic score for piano and harpsichord by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti. The series of 12 dance episodes, danced by four couples, was inspired by the emotional aftermath of September 11. The choreography, which is linear and geometric, includes a number of difficult lifts and extensions. This is the first Wheeldon work to be added to the repertoire since the Company premiered his acclaimed version of Swan Lake in June 2004.
Mr. Wheeldon will be in town one week prior to opening to assist in the staging of Continuum.
The program concludes with George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, based on Balanchine’s love for Glazounov’s Raymonda and the music’s “grand and generous manner, its joy and playfulness.” Opening with a waltz for the principal ballerina and a corps of 12, the ballet is a practical A to Z of classical technique. The costumes, which are pink and feminine, are based on the original Barbara Karinska designs.
The acquisition and presentation of The Concert was made possible by the generosity of Gary J. and Kathy Z. Anderson and the William Penn Foundation. 
The acquisition and presentation of Continuum was made possible by the generosity of Penny and Bob Fox, and Linda S. and David L. Glickstein. 
The costumes for Raymonda Variations, designed in 2001 after the original Karinska designs, were made possible by the generosity of Leonard and Barbara Sylk and the Independence Foundation. 
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six productions of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. For more information, call 215-551-7000 or visit www.paballet.org.

Fourth Program of the 2004-2005 Season:
The Concert (Jerome Robbins, choreographer; Music: Frederic Chopin, orchestrated by Hershy Kay)
Continuum (Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer; Music: Gyorgi Ligeti)
Raymonda Variations (George Balanchine, choreographer; Music: Alenxader Glazounov)
Merriam Theater

Wednesday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

Single tickets, priced $18.50 to $70.50, are available beginning March 29 by calling 215-336-2000 or by visiting www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215-551-7000, ext. 1219 or 1212.

Special hotel packages at the DoubleTree Hotel
Audience members can make their evening at the ballet even more special by including an overnight stay at the DoubleTree Hotel, located across the street from the Merriam Theater. This package includes overnight accomodations for two, complimentary parking, complimentary breakfast for two in the Academy Cafe and two tickets to The Concert. Parquet Seating: $299; Family Circle Seating: $255. For reservations, call 215-893-1600.


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