Monthly Archives: June 2011

Napoli and the Royal Danish Ballet (plus: A Folk Tale)

Choreography: August Bournonville Music:  Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann and Niels W. Gade Debut: Royal Danish Ballet, 1854 View a prior staging of the entire ballet online (before it’s inevitably taken down) I have just returned from a most unexpected evening of absolute pleasure … Continue reading

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Don Quixote and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba

Choreography: Marius Petipa Music: Ludwig Minkus Debut: Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 1869 View excerpts from Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s 2008 Production Loosely based on an episode from Cervantes’ great novel, Don Quixote is beloved around the world for its pseudo-Spanish zest, colorful … Continue reading

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Bhakti and ballet accessibility, or lack thereof

Choreography: Maurice Béjart Music: Hindu music Debut: Ballet of the Twentieth Century, 1968 Watch video footage online from Bhakti: Google “Bhakti + Béjart” and the results will include actual video footage – several versions! – … Continue reading

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