Tag Archives: George Balanchine

A YOUNG GOD • Stanley Taylor as APOLLO

Last night at the New York City Ballet…...Stanley Taylor made his debut as “APOLLO”.  He was a young God figuring out what he could do.  He was elegant……forceful…..divinely cool.  It was a brilliant debut.

He is not the conventional blond APOLLO that Chase Finlay was.  Stanley has a sense of wildness under control……..abounding with energy.

 

Watch his video…..marvel at his technique…………ENJOY !

The Ballet World has lost DANIEL LEVINS

 

 

This photo was in the NY Times this morning.

Daniel Levins leading a class at Eliot Feld’s Ballet school in 1990.

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He died sept. 15 here in New York at age 61.  A tragic  loss.

 You may rememberDaniel in “The Turning Point” with Anne Bancroft.

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Danny excelled in the title role in “Billie the Kid”

You may have seem him in the film version of “Grease“……the boy in green in the grand finale.

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Dancing in Eliot Feld’s “At Midnight”.

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Danny joined Ballet Theater in 1971……….excelled in so many roles………he was incredible in Balanchine’s “APOLLO” .

NYC BALLET and Umbrellas

The Donald and I went to Lincoln Center this afternoon to see the New York City Ballet. Out friend Clotilde Otranto was the orchestra conductor for the entire program……music by Tschaikovsky.  We saw “SERENADE”………”MOZARTIANA”………..”Pas de DEAUX”………”SUITE No.3”

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Chase Finlay danced with Sara Marns in “Theme et Variations“.  The ballet forbids taking of photos during a performance………….so instead, I shot the UMBRELLAS coming to the ballet.

 

The little doggie wearing his red raincoat …………..so cute!

FREDERIC FRANKLIN Ballet Dancer/ Dead at 98

Frederic was born in Britain in 1914………his interest in dance began at age 4.  At age 17 he set off for London He became a charismatic dancer and ballet-master.  Known as “Freddie‘  his magnetic personality made him popular the world over when he danced.

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In Freddie’s  biography, Leslie Norton…..called him a handsome lad with sapphire blue eyes, golden hair and skin of milk and roses.

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A cowboy in Rodeo.  Agnes de Mille called him a “Mustang”.

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He never stopped dancing.  In his later years  he performed mime roles in Romeo and Juliette……”les Sylphides”….”Swan Lake and “Petrouchka.  The photo on the right shows him dancing at age 87 with Martine van Hamel in 2001 .

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He danced with the Russian Ballerina Alexandra Danilova.  Their effervescence shined in two comedies by Leonide Massine, “Le Beau Danube” and Gaite Parisienne”.

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In 1935 he joined the Markova-Dolin Ballet.  Massine saw him dance and hired him for his new company……….the Ballet Russe.

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He performed with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1939.

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He performed with JOSEPHINE BAKER at the Casino de Paris in a musical revue.

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Major choreographers………Massine and George Balanchine……..created leading roles  for him in ballets……….”Seventh Symphony”………..”Rouge et Noir”…….”Danses Concertantes”.

The NUTCRACKER at Lincoln Center

George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” returns to Lincoln Center every Christmas……and this is my 35th year to see it……again!

The NUTCRACKER is transformed into a handsome prince.  Here he presents Marie with the Mouse King’s crown.

Before the ballet begins……….it’s time for champagne in the hall of the David H. Koch Theatre.

Toy Solders……25 feet tall……. line the balconys.

Little girls arrive dressed for the occasion.

The Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier.

The Harlequin and Columbine entertain the children.

Marie and her prince arrive in the Land of Sweets……he kisses the hand of the Sugarplum Fairy.

The Snowflakes.

Herr Drosselmeier’s nephew………the Nutcracker…….danced by Jeremy Wong.

Daniel Ulbricht danced with the Candy Canes.

The Dewdrop was beautifully danced by Ashley Bouder.

Megan Fairchild danced the Sugarplum Fairy………partnered with……….

Joaquin De Luz….her Cavalier.  Their performance was captivating.

During the intermission…….one of the Snowflakes posed for photographs with the children.

After the performance, friend gather around the fountain before heading for a “night-cap”.


NEW YORK CITY BALLET

When we got to Lincoln Center………..it was bright and sunny………..no rain in sight……..[we’ve already had 60 inches  this year] .

Pretty people posed for me………..whats with the RED SOCKS?

Chase Findley wasn’t dancing today…..but was there for all of his admirers.

Security in NYC was beefed up today…………

Clotilde Otranto was conducting today……..Mercurial Manoeuvres……Music by Dmitri shostakovich……..choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

We picked up our “comps” at the ticket window…………thank you Clotilde.

Curtain up!  I got caught with the camera and was told NO PHOTOS ! ! !

During intermission we views the photos of the dancers along the balcony.

Our friend…..Charles Askegard was dancing today…….”EPISODES”………..choreography by George Balanchine.  Soon Charles will have his final bow.  Farewell performance is October 9th.

Jonathan Stafford joined the company in 1999.

Wendy Whelan has been a principal since 1991.  OMG…..she is such an incredible dancer.

Out on the balcony………..second Intermission……and it is RAINING!

Usually the fountain is surrounded with people…….

Ran into our actor friend……..Shawn Kingston.………who has worked with Tiler Peck a principal ballerina since 2009.

Housing Works Thrift volunteers……….Teddy and Gayle……were our guests today.  To very lovely ladies.

When it rains………a taxi is the only way to get home…….yes, of course we had no umbrellas!