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NYCB in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream tonight, 8PM Eastern, as part of Lincoln Center at Home’s Dance Week: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5stUbrIlkm5UTMPgVm2dsg A true gem from May 1986.
Chopiniana and Scheherezade Knowing little about the Kazakh ballet except there would be recorded music instead of a live orchestra, which is understandable, I didn’t know what to expect. A Kazakh representative introduced the evening as being part of Kazakhstan’s ‘worldwide cultural offensive’. Kazakhs, descendants of Genghis Khan, were nomadic people who loved to embrace all kinds of foreign culture. The two very contrasting items on the programme had been chosen to show just what this company can do. Chopiniana was beautifully danced – not technically perfect, but charming. However Scheherezade was gorgeous, luscious, and performed with panache – especially by Ulan Badenov as the Golden Slave and Malika Elchibayeva as the sultan’s favourite wife. The audience, which seemed nearly full from where I sat, was suitably enthusiastic. As an aside, I noticed that the women dancers had much curvier figures than what we are used to nowadays; I’m not suggesting they were in any way overweight – they weren’t, but they did have busts and waists and hips reminiscent of earlier dancers such as Fonteyn, and as a result were more aesthetically pleasing than the board-shaped torsos we so often see today. I wonder what types of exercise result in these differences, and if anything could be done to stop the androgenisation of some female dancers? The company were only in London for the one night. I mused on what a delight it was to enjoy this performance from young people from so far away, from a very different culture. Ballet is a universal language with which they could communicate; our loud clapping was likewise an appreciative response which could be understood across language barriers. I am unable to attach even small pics to this message so will try to do so in a separate one.