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A Hallowe'en Quiz
October 28, 1998
1. One of the main characters
in the Romantic ballet, La Sylphide, is a witch.
What is her name?
2. In what great 19th
century Romantic ballet does the heroine dance the second act
as a ghost?
3. In what Balanchine
ballet does Death arrive, bearing a bouquet, a black dress, and
gloves for his intended?
4. In what near
contemporary ballet (a French production by a Russian choreographer)
does a giant pumpkin inflate, turning into a Hollywood limousine?
Nureyev's production of Cinderella for the Paris Opera
5. In what Bournonville
ballet do trolls figure prominently? (The second act takes
place in their underground home, the ballerina was switched at
birth with a troll girl).
A Folk Tale.
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Another Paris Opera
by Estelle Souche
November 2, 1998
1. This former
POB principal and former POB director won a gold medal
at the Varna competition in 1976 (junior category).
2. These two brothers
were POB dancers, choreographers and ballet masters at the end
of the 18th century and early 19th century. The ballets choreographed
by the younger one include Telemaque, Psyche, The Judgement
of Paris, La dansomanie.
Maximilien and Pierre Gardel
3. This ballet,
on a music by Delibes, was premiered by the POB in May 1870.
4. This very famous
Italian romantic ballerina and Paris Opera Ballet star of the
Romantic era, who choreographed Le Papillon, created
the examination system of the POB in the 1860s.
5. The two successive
directors of the POB between 1977 and 1983 were former ballerinas.
The first one was French, and had been a NYCB principal; she
had important roles in Balanchine's Jewels and Sonatine
and Robbins' In the Night. The second one, born in Oklahoma,
was a principal dancer of the Original Ballet Russe in the 40s
and of the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas until 1961. She
now owns a ballet school in France near Cannes.
Violette Verdy and Rosella Hightower
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Alert! Quiz Number 12
An ABT Q uiz
by Steve Keeley
Alicia Alonso was
famous for her "Giselle" with ABT. Who was her
2. The core of ABT was originally built from the the Mordkin
Ballet, founded by Mikhail Mordkin. Only one work Mordkin
choreographed for his own company made the transition to ABT.
Which ballet was it?
Voices of Spring
3. Both ABT and NYCB have a Swan Lake and a Coppelia,
but they are different versions, different choreography.
But both companies have shared the same works by the same choreographers.
Name three ballets that are (or were) in the repertory of both,
and the choreographer of these works.
Souche: Jerome Robbins' Afternoon of a faun,
Fancy Free, George Balanchine's Apollo, Tchaikovsky
pas de deux, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, The Prodigal
Brauner: Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free and Other
Dances, and Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Apollo,
and Ballet Imperial.
Johnson: Dim Lustre - Antony Tudor; Interplay
- Jerome Robbins; Apollo - George Balanchine
Moone: Theme and Variations, Balanchine; Fancy Free;
Jerome Robbins; Dim Luster, Anthony Tudor
Stage: Apollo (Balanchine), Prodigal Son (Balanchine),
Fancy Free (Robbins)...there are many more, too
Leigh: Apollo (Balanchine), Prodigal Son (Balanchine),
Fancy Free (Robbins)
4. ABT has also shared dancers with NYCB. Name three
dancers who have danced as members of both.
Estelle: Hugh Laing, Gelsey Kirkland, Nora Kaye, Jerome
Robbins, Erik Bruhn, Violette Verdy, Mikhail Baryschnikov, Ethan
Dale: Ethan Stiefel, Diana Adams, Baryshnikov, Nora Kaye
Mel: Ethan Stiefel, Erik Bruhn, Violette Verdy
Giannina: Baryshnikov, Hugh Laing, Nora Kaye
Next Stage: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nora Kaye, Diana Adams (many
more... currently: Ethan Steifel, Charles Askegard)
Victoria: Diana Adams, Hugh Laing, Melissa Hayden, also
Violette Verdy, Gelsey Kirkland, Ethan Stiefel, Mikhail Baryishnikov,
5. ABT had a company school from 1951 - 1982. Who
was its founding director?
????????? (Bronislava Nijinska, per
IED; or perhaps there wasn't a founding director)
Quiz Number 13
First Nights Quiz
Who danced the first
performances of the following roles:
1. BOTH the Young
Man AND Death in Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort
Jean Babilee was the Young Man and Nathalie Philipart was Death.
2. The Accused
and her Mother in Agnes DeMille's Fall River Legend
Alonso was the Accused and Diana Adams was her Mother.
3. Oberon, Titania,
and Puck in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Edward Villella, Melissa Hayden, and Arthur Mitchell.
4. The lead (male)
and two supporting ballerina roles in Twyla Tharp's Push
Comes to Shove.
Baryshnikov, Martine Van Hamel, Marianna Tcherkassky.
5. Lise and Colas
in Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee.
Nerina and David Blair.
to Ballet Alert Quiz Number 14
Great Ballet Turkeys
November 23, 1998
and even the greatest have created ballets only a mother could
love. Each question in the quiz will name a choreographer
and describe a ballet that was considered embarrassingly bad
when it was created. Your task is to Name the Ballet.
1. In 1971, George
Balanchine became fascinated by a commercial jingle and used
it to create a work complete with hippies, clouds and luggage.
(Pan Am Makes the Going Great), pronounced "Pam-Tee-Ga-Ga"
during its brief life.
2. Despite being
chock full of sex, agony, and high lifts, this full-length ballet
by Sir Kenneth MacMillan about a famous American dancer has died
a quiet death.
3. In 1951, Sir
Frederick Ashton choreographed a ballet about a Greek mythological
figure who assumed both male and female forms. It had a score
by Constant Lambert, Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes, and two
snakes; it was a harshly-attacked flop. What was the ballet?
4. Not all Jerome
Robbins-Leonard Bernstein ballets were megahits. In 1974,
Robbins choreographed a ballet with its roots in Jewish folklore
and a Yiddish play to a Bernstein score that, despite several
reworkings, faded from the repertory. What was the ballet?
Dybbuk, later Dybbuk Variations.
5. In what Antony
Tudor ballet did Gelsey Kirkland's character get pregnant?
in the Fields.