ballet homework: watch the tv.

End of class, we’ve done the reverénce, Smirnoff sez,
“Ladies, before you leave, I would like to tell you something important.”
We all look at each other like Uh-Oh and gather around.
He sez,
“The New York City Ballet will be showing The Nutcracker on television, on PBS. I think it is a Friday evening. Perhaps you will look it up. I recommend that you watch, because it is a very good production, and it has Children That Work. You see my dears, Balanchine agreed with my father, and with me, that children must Work in performances. They must do Real Dance, they mustn’t shuffle around. And the only way to achieve this is to have a school. The Joffrey is opening their Nutcracker here very soon, and they are a very very good company, but they are using nearly sixty Local Children. Local children have not been trained in the ways of the company. It is not the same. I recommend that you watch the New York City Ballet’s production on the television to get a sense of how things should be.”
And then we are all like, Phew! Ok, we are not in trouble, he just wanted to rip on the local kids.
Which is pretty funny.
Oh snap, Local Kids!
And woah- did he really just recommended we watch tv instead of going to see live ballet?


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Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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9 Responses to ballet homework: watch the tv.

  1. Janet says:

    TV as homework? Nice. SF Ballet’s Nutcracker was on PBS a couple of years ago. They also have children that work. Clara is a child, not adult professional pretending to be a child. The TV version is nice, but there is no footage that shows the interior or proscenium arch of the Opera House. The interior of the Opera House had to be redone after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, and is gorgeous Beaux Art. On Dec 16th PBS will be showing SF Ballet performing The Little Mermaid with Yuan Yuan Tan. Not a children’s story. May help to read about it, since the story is kind of convuluted, and not a cheerful Holiday story. Have fun doing TV homework.

    • Funny, was just talking to a friend about the first time she read the actual story of the Little Mermaid, as opposed to the cleaned-up, Disney-fied version.
      She checked the book out from the library and her mom was like, “Honey, its not like the cartoon…” but my friend was like Whatever. Mom.
      And then Bam! Childhood Shattered!
      She was like, “Oh no. There’s no singing into a seashell to take her voice. The witch just cuts her tongue out. And then the prince chooses the other girl anyway! And the mermaid dies at the end. Yeah! Take that, kid! Here’s a nice fairy tale for ya!”

      • Janet says:

        Yup, that is the gist of the story line, except for the tongue. Witch takes something else. The “story” may still be available on the SFB website. You could also check Hamburg Ballet, since it is the Neumeier (? spelling) choreography, etc. Definitely NOT Disney. Definitely not for little kids, even though I have seen them at the live performance. I did not get to see Yuan Yuan dance dance the role. The folks with the Wednesday eve tickets (like me) got to see Sarah Van Patten in the title role, twice. She did an excellent job.
        So far I have not loved Little Mermaid enough to buy a ticket for another night to see Yuan Yuan Tan in the role. But I did pony up the money to see Maria Kotchekova dance the title role in Giselle and Coppelia earlier this year. So worth it. Did not care if I went alone. There is nothing as special as a live performance with a live Ballet Specialty orchestra. Hope you get to have this experience soon.

        • Janet says:

          There is a podcast related to Little Mermaid on the SF Ballet Website ( Click Interact, then click Listen, then Pointes of View Lecture Podcast, then scroll to March 24, 2010. Directions to down load or listen are at the top of the Pointes of View Lecture Podcast page. I have not listened to this, but this lecture series is really good. I used to go every week with my Mom until she could not hear the speakers clearly. This happens when you are over 90 (now 95!). There is a nice photo on the SFB Blog (also in interact tab) of the SF War Memorial Opera House after the Earthquake Damage repaired – go to Nov 6, 2010, then click link. It is image 16. My seat is on the right side of the orchestra just off the center aisle towards the rear. Great View! Photos related to Little Mermaid, and an entry by the composer on also on the blog ,beginning March 10, 2010.

  2. roriroars says:

    Dude, I saw the SAB kids rehearse this summer for a performance with NYCB… granted it was some of them mixed in with some Locals, but wow, seriously, they were dancing and I mean DANCING. Not just, walk-walk-pose-in-awkward-not-really-a-position-position. They were pas de basque-ing with all their hearts and whatever else. With that ballet mistress I don’t think they had a choice. It was dance or sayonara! Totally made me jealous. Sad to think that most of them will probably have moved on to softball or something in a few years. Meanwhile I’ve been dancing most of my life and will never be able to perform on stage with NYCB. Oh, the sadness of fate. I’ll have to check my PBS station to see if they’re broadcasting this. Would definitely love to see it!

  3. I’ll watch the Royal Danish Ballet’s second performance of the season on Saturday. This year they’re for the first time showing Balanchine’s version, having kids dance the principal roles! The theatre has its own ballet school (starting at pre-school age) so I’m really curious and looking forward to the kids’ dancing!

  4. Anony Mouse says:

    2 postings in 1 day?!!! oh snaps!!!

  5. Maria says:

    I just saw the live version the other day. The kids are so awesome. I’m pretty sure they are as young as 5. It’s pretty incredible for them to be on that stage in front of all those people and not freak out. Now if only I could get my littles to do that! ;)

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