Author Archives: Marin Rose

La Bayadere

Choreography: Marius Petipa Music: Ludwig Minkus Debut: Marynsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia 1877 View video clips from the 2002 Marynsky revival of Petipa’s 1900 version La Bayadere is a typical example of classical ballet containing every requisite cliché. Set in an … Continue reading

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At Midnight

Choreography: Eliot Feld Music: Gustav Mahler Debut: American Ballet Theatre (ABT), 1967 Eliot Feld Ballet Company, “At Midnight” – 1976 Critics agreed that At Midnight was an important moment in ballet. Reviewers describe it as if it weren’t choreographed or … Continue reading

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Pause: NYCB with Balanchine at The Kennedy Center

I attended a performance at The Kennedy Center on April 5th by the New York City Ballet, one of its three mixed repertory programs of Balanchine black and white ballets that the company brought to DC from New York. The … Continue reading

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Pause: Ballet in Washington, DC

This recent article by Sarah Kaufman for The Washington Post speaks so clearly what I have long felt about the dearth of new and interesting ballet in Washington, DC that I felt I should share it here. Unfortunately, The John F. … Continue reading

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As Time Goes By

Choreography: Twyla Tharp Music: Joseph Haydn Debut: Joffrey Ballet, 1973   Calling all Tharp fans! Please share your thoughts on “As Time Goes By” or Tharp’s work in general. This blogger has historically reserved her theatre-going for performances of classical … Continue reading

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Astarte

Choreography: Robert Joffrey Music: Crome Syrcus Debut: City Center Joffrey Ballet, 1967 March 1968 Time Magazine cover featuring “Astarte.” Read the story At the time of Astarte’s debut, the Joffrey Ballet (then known as City Center Joffrey Ballet) was a … Continue reading

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Apollo

Choreography: George Balanchine Music: Igor Stravinsky Debut: Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, 1928 Video clip: Houston Ballet performance of Apollo in Saint Louis, Mo. As my brother once put it, “if Agon is the apex of Balanchine’s choreography, Apollo … Continue reading

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Anastasia

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan Music: Bronislav Martinu / Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Opinion on Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s choreography and on “Anastasia” in particular, varies significantly.  Lauded by some as an innovative maverick, MacMillan is dismissed by others critical of what they deem … Continue reading

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Pause: NYCB at Lincoln Center

I visited New York City for the long holiday weekend and caught the Saturday matinee of NYCB at Lincoln Center. It was a nice afternoon. First on the program was Benjamin Millepied’s (yes, of Black Swan and Natalie Portman fame) … Continue reading

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Pause: Massine

As I near the end of Garcia-Marquez’s “The Ballets Russes (BR),” I feel compelled to dedicate a posting to the choreographic contributions of Leonide Massine, choreographer and lead dancer at Colonel de Basil’s Ballet Russes from its inception in 1925 … Continue reading

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