For Balanchine cognoscenti: a question
Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:10 PM
I will be interested to see the Mozart violin concerto, and am curious about the music for the Divertimento Brilliante....
Has anyone on the board seen either piece, have any information on the music, or any other info/opinions on these?
As part of the Balanchine Preservation Initiative, I am happy that they are being performed..........
Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:43 PM
I think this is great that these are being performed again.
Posted 20 December 2006 - 01:55 PM
Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:35 AM
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet aannounces formal creation of the
Balanchine Preservation Initiative
and projects for 2007 include
Adagio from Concierto de Mozart
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Kennedy Center’s own ballet company, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, is dedicated to preserving and reconstructing the work of legendary choreographer George Balanchine under the artistic direction of Suzanne Farrell. This commitment began in 2001 with the reconstruction of Variations for Orchestra and continued through 2005 with the production of Balanchine’s Don Quixote and the pas de deux from Clarinade. The creation of the Balanchine Preservation Initiative formally establishes and enables the Farrell Ballet to continue this commitment with the aim of introducing the “unseen” or “rarely seen” Balanchine legacy to audiences around the world.
As part of the Balanchine Preservation Initiative, the company’s projects for 2007 include:
• RAGTIME (II)
Music: Igor Stravinsky “Ragtime for Eleven Instruments” (1918)
Premiere: Jul 15, 1966 – New York Philharmonic Hall (Stravinsky Festival)
Original Cast: Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Mitchell
• PITHOPRAKTA – meaning “action by probabilities”
Music: Iannis Xenakis (1955)
Premiere: Jan 18, 1968 – New York City Ballet
Original Cast: Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Mitchell, 7 women, 5 men
• DIVERTIMENTO BRILLANTE
Music: Mikhail Glinka
Premiere: Nov 23, 1967 – New York City Ballet
Cast: Patricia McBride, Edward Villella
• ADAGIO from CONCIERTO DE MOZART
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Violin Concerto in A major, K 219” (1775)
Premiere: Aug 7, 1942 – Ballet of the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cast: Maria Ruanova, Yurek Shabelevsky, Jorge Tomin, 15 women, 7 men
The company will rehearse and perform these works at the following dates and locations:
• REHEARSAL—Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL: Mon., Jan. 29 – Sat., Feb.10
• PERFORMANCE—Thomasville, GA: Fri., Feb. 9 at 7:30pm (includes Divertimento Brilliante)
• REHEARSAL—American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD: Mon., Feb. 12 – Sat., Feb. 24
• PERFORMANCE—The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage: Fri., Feb. 23 at 6:00pm
• PERFORMANCES—Kennedy Center: June 6-10, 2007 (includes Divertimento Brilliante and pas de deux from Concierto di Mozart)
The 2007 Balanchine Preservation Initiative is made possible by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, Reno, Nevada.
The American Dance Institute in Rockville, Maryland, is generously providing rehearsal space for the Balanchine Preservation Initiative.
For more information about The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, visit www.kennedy-center.org/programs/ballet/farrell
Project works subject to change without notice.
Posted 09 February 2007 - 11:51 AM
Posted 09 February 2007 - 12:10 PM
How great that SFB is reviving it.
Posted 09 February 2007 - 12:26 PM
Wasn't the full Concierto de Mozart revived about 20 years ago by Roman Jasinski and Moscelyne Larkin at Tulsa Ballet as "Mozart Violin Concerto?"
Yes, but it hasn't been performed in a very long time. It was revived at about the same time (1988 or so) as the Joffrey's Cotillon and I always felt was rather silly to put so much effort in the reconstructions only to have them go another 20 years without performances.
On the same note, Miami City Ballet has performed the Divert. Brillante but not in a bit, as well. I applaud the Farrell Ballet in these efforts.
Posted 09 February 2007 - 01:11 PM
[EDITED TO ADD] - Looks like I'm confusing the Balanchine Rescue Project with what's here - a Preservation Initiative, which is a very accurate description. My mistake!
Posted 09 February 2007 - 01:16 PM
I infer from the press release (thank you, Dale!) that these preservation projects are not being done in conjunction with the Balanchine Foundation. If that's true, it's a shame. It would be great for posterity (and the present) to have a single, authoritative repository.
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