UMS Concert Program, January 25, 1982: International Presentations Of Music & Dance -- The Oakland Ballet Company
Power Center For The Performing Arts Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The Oakland Ballet Company
RONN GUIDI, Artistic Director
Mario Alonzo Johanna Breyer Sylvio Briffa Madonna Clift Danna Cordova Lynne Domancie Joy Gim David Hicks Lance James
Tony Cirella Peter Diamond Lisa Drayer Lynn Fant
Mylene Kalhorn Jon Konetski Erin Leedom Julie Lowe Michael Lowe Dennis MacDonald Daniel Ray Deborah Pitts
Susan Fulton Tony Garcia David Guilford Marcos Benavidez
Cinda Potter Shirlee Reevie Carol Rheiner Philip Scharper Alan Taikeff Susan Taylor Ronald Thiele Jennifer Young
Lamont Ross Rebecca Spencer Arthur Walton Veronica Wheaton
Ron Thiele, Associate Director
Tricia Kaye, Ballet Mistress Howard Sayette, Ballet Master Sally Streets, Company Teacher
The Oakland Ballet Academy is the official school of the Oakland Ballet Company.
Monday Evening, January 25, 1982, at 8:00
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Creator and director of the famous Russian Ballet, Serge Diaghilev revolution?ized ballet during the "Diaghilev Era," the years from 1909 to 1929. Though he maintained ties with progressive artistic organizations in St. Petersburg, his main activity was in western Europe. He established the Ballet Russe in Paris, and com?missioned Igor Stravinsky to write scores for three ballets which electrified the world--Firebird, Petrouchka, and Rite of Spring. He also commissioned scores from Ravel and Manuel de Falla, and from composers of the younger generation-Prokofiev, Milhaud, Poulenc, among others. The great importance of Diaghilev's choreographic ideas lies in the complete abandonment of the classical tradition; in this respect he could be considered the true originator of the modern dance.
Thirty-ninth Concert of the 103rd Season
Eleventh Annual Choice Series
SCHEHERAZADE (The first tale in "1001 Nights")
Choreography: Michel Fokine Music: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Decor and costumes: Leon Bakst, Front curtain: Serov
interpreted by John C. Gilkerson Lighting design: Robert Klemm
When the curtain rises, the Shah is seated on the divan with his favorite wife Zoebide on his left, and his brother on his right. Zoebide solicits the caresses of her Lord, but he is in an angry mood, for his brother has hinted that his wives are unfaithful. He summons the Chief Eunuch, who commands three Odalisques to entertain their Lord with dances, but the Shah soon tires of them and announces his intention to start a hunting expedition. The women beg him to stay but he refuses and, accompanied by his brother, leaves the harem. After he goes, the women bring out a casket of jewels and adorn themselves. Two women depart and return with the Chief Eunuch whom they bribe to open the inner doors. Zoebide approaches the Chief Eunuch and begs him to open the last door. He does so, but with much hesitation and fear. From this door emerges a single slave clad all in Gold who is the Favorite. He fawns at Zoebide's feet and they dance sensuously. All the women and slaves begin a dance which grows in intensity, becoming a wild orgy. Suddenly, the Shah appears. With a dramatic gesture he raises his hand and the guards armed with flashing scimitars pour into the harem and cut down the women and slaves. The Golden-clad slave is the last to be slain. The Shah confronts Zoebide, sad at heart that she, too, has proven unfaithful. He is tempted to pardon her when his brother indicates the body of her slain lover. At this, his rage is rekindled and he motions to the guards, but Zoebide snatches a sword from the nearest guard and kills herself. As she dies, the Shah buries his face in his hands.
The Shah..............Howard Sayette
Shah's Brother..............Lance James
The Golden Slave..............Ron Thiele
Chief Eunuch..............Sylvio Briffa
Odalisques........Lynne Domancie, Joy Gim, Susan Taylor
Sultanas............Joy Gim, Mylene Kalhorn,
Deborah Pitts, Shirlee Reevie, Jennifer Young
Almees.............Erin Leedom, Julie Lowe,
Cinda Potter, Carol Rheiner
Young Men...........Mario Alonzo, Michael Lowe,
Dennis MacDonald, Daniel Ray
The Slaves........David Blood, Sylvio Briffa, David Hicks,
Jon Konetski, Philip Scharper, Alan Taikeff
This production has been staged by Nicholas Beriosoff, a noted European choreographer, dancer, and ballet master who studied extensively with, and was assistant to Michel Fokine, the choreographer of Scheherazade in 1910. In this re-staging for the Oakland Ballet, Mr. Beriosoff included the pas de deux between Zoebide and the Golden Slave that was danced and created by Fokine for him and his wife Fokina, and is the final realization of the ballet.
The Oakland Ballet Company's production of Scheherazade is being performed by arrange?ment with the firm of Pavia and Harcourt, New York, agents for the copyright owners.
LA BOUTIQUE FANTASQUE (excerpts)
Choreography: Leonide Massine Lighting: Robert Klemm
(original choreography 1919) Costume and set design: Andre Derain
Music: Ottorino Respighi, Costume execution: John C. Gilkerson
on themes by Rossini
Set construction: Jacques Bloxham
This ballet is an irresistible tale about the antics in a toy shop and about the love of two dolls for each other. Unfortunately, the lovers are to be separated since they are sold to different customers and are individually packed for delivery the following morning. The dolls come to life at nightfall and the stage fills with Cossacks, poodles and other curious toy characters. La Boutique Fantasque recreates the fantasy of a 19th-century magic toy shop where anything can happen and frequently does.
Tarantella: Carol Rheiner and Daniel Ray
Kings and Queens: Joy Gim, David Hicks, Susan Taylor, Alan Taikeff
Cossacks Dance: Shirlee Reevie and Ron Thiele;
David Blood, Jon Konetski, Philip Scharper
Melon Man: Dennis MacDonald
The Snob: Sylvio Briffa
Poodles: Julie Lowe and Mario Alonzo
Can-Can: Danna Cordova and Mario Alonzo
Born in Moscow in 1896, leonide Massine joined the Bolshoi Ballet in 1912 after studying dance with the Imperial Ballet. In 1914 he joined Diaghilev's company as successor to Nijinsky, where he managed the rare feat of combining choreography and dancing. "Diaghilev was a man with whom it was extremely difficult to argue," Massine once said; "He always knew exactly what he wanted--not just with dancers and choreographers, but with composers and painters. Everyone listened to him. Everyone followed his suggestions. Now 1 can say that I was too young to have understood the value of this great man. I should have listened to every word he said." Diaghilev, while admiring Massine, was also his toughest critic. Once after having brilliantly danced the "Bluebird" pas de deux, Massine asked Diaghilev for his reaction. "Well," answered the impresario, "they didn't whistle . . ." Yet Diaghilev once said that Massine was the only dancer who was his intellectual equal. Leonide Massine died in the spring of 1980, shortly after his work with the Oakland Ballet. He was eighty-six years old.
La Boutique Fantasque has been funded, in part, by a grant from the L. J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation. Music used by arrangement with Magnamusic-Baton, St. Louis, Missouri.
SPECTRE DE LA ROSE
Choreography: Michel Fokine Costumes: Fran Stephens
Music: Carl Maria von Weber, Set design: John C. Gilkerson
"Invitation to the Dance" Lighting: Robert Klemm
Staged by Anatol Vilzak
Danced by: Carol Rheiner and Lance James
Nijinski's prodigious elevation in this work led the critics to say that he seemed to be painted permanently on the ceiling. Grigoriev tells us that on the night of the Paris premiere, June 6, 1911, "so loud was the applause after Nijinsky's leap from the window that the orchestra was unable to finish playing the music. Diaghilev saw women in the audience faint at Nijinsky's final leap."
RITE OF SPRING
First performed by Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in 1913 with choreography by Nijinsky
Choreography: John Pasqualetti Costume design: Bob Blackman
Music: Igor Stravinsky Lighting design: Robert Klemm
The Ritual Spring Rounds
Dance of The Maidens Competition
Dance of Seduction Procession of The Oldest Sage
and Abduction Adoration of The Earth
The Great Sacrifice Glorification of The Chosen
Chain Dance Evocation of The Ancestors
Mysteries of The Maidens Sacrifice of The Chosen
Danced by: Mario Alonzo, David Blood, Sylvio Briffa, Danna Cordova, Lance James, Mylene Kalhorn, Jon Konetski, Erin Leedom, Michael Lowe, Deborah Pitts, Daniel Ray, Shirlee Reevie, Carol Rheiner, Ron Thiele, Jennifer Young
Rite of Spring was choreographed in 1978 by John Pasqualetti for the Oakland Ballet. In addition to his work as Artistic Director and choreographer for San Francisco's Pacific Ballet Company, he has created works for the San Francisco Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Jo Savino's Ballet National, and several others for the Oakland Ballet.
Coining: The Pennsylvania Ballet
Monday, April 19: Square Dance; Resettings; Swan Lake (Act II) Tuesday, April 20: Galaxies; Harkarvy Premiere; Under lite Sun Wednesday, April 21: Concerto Barocco; Pas de Deux;
Yes, Virginia, Another Piano Ballet (Chopin); Scotch Symphony
Tickets from $8 to $12
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