"Men of the Ballet Russe": A Tribute with Performances, Film Clips, Guest Appearances
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Featured review from Marni
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Seats were great in the right Loge. The Wilshire Ebell Theater is beautiful. When we first arrived, there was a red carpet out front and camera crews interviewing the guests of honor for the evening.
This event reminded me a bit of the Kennedy Center Honors, how they pay tribute to a couple of talented artists, and have performances by others in the field supplementing the digital media. Problem is, there was too much digital media and not enough actual performance. Plus, they started the show 30 minutes late. Other thing is, this felt like a very "inside" event, meaning that you have to be part of the dance community, not just a spectator who appreciates it, in order to really enjoy the evening. Still, the performances were wonderful and we did have a pretty good time.
Media City Ballet will honor the legendary dancers George Zoritch (Ballet Russe), Marc Platt (Ballet Russe), Victor Moreno (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), Paul Maure (Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo) and Andrei Tremaine (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), who will all make special guest appearances at this historic one-time-only event. K-Mozart’s P.J. Ochlan serves as emcee for the program, which will be followed by a gala reception.
Guest speakers will include Charles Maple (American Ballet Theatre), Evelyn Cisneros (San Francisco Ballet) and Zina Bethune (New York City Ballet).
Featured selections are from ballets that the men of the Ballet Russe danced, and will be performed by members of Media City Ballet Company and guest artists. The repertoire will include Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Schéhérazade,” with original choreography by Michail Fokine performed by guest artists; Leon Minkus’s “Don Quixote” Pas de Deux with original choreography by Marius Petipa performed by guest artists; Rheinhold Glière’s “The Red Poppy” with choreography set by Yuri Smaltzov, after his father, J. Erglis Smaltzov of the Bolshoi Ballet; Alexander Borodin’s “The Polivtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor” staged by Natasha Middleton and Ruben Tonoyan, with assistance by Andrei Tremaine; and Claude Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune,” staged by Natasha Middleton with original choreography by Vaslov Nijinsky, with assistance by George Zoritch.
The event will also include film clips of the men of the Ballet Russe dancing, and still photo montages with narration provided by Frederick Franklin (Ballet Russe).
In 1909, the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev founded a ballet company that would change the world of dance forever. The Ballet Russe featured spectacular sets, exotic costumes, cutting edge music, and innovative dance. It influenced not only ballet, but music, art, and fashion. It created a lineage of artists that continues to even today.
Centered in Paris, the company brought together some of the greatest dancers, composers and artists of the twentieth century. Choreographers included Michel Fokine, Léonide Massine and George Balanchine. Vaslav Nijinsky, Mathilde Kschessinska, Vera Karalli, Tamara Karsavina, Serge Lifar, Alicia Markova, Anna Pavlova, Ida Rubinstein, Elena Wortova, and Lydia Lopokova were just some of the outstanding dancers in the troupe. Alexandre Benois, Léon Bakst, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso at one time or another designed costumes and sets. The composers, a who’s who of early twentieth century music, included Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, and the great Igor Stravinsky.
The number of landmark works premiered by the Ballet Russe is astounding: "The Firebird" (1910), "Schéhérazade" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911), "Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun" (1912), "Daphnis et Chloé" (1912), "The Rite of Spring" (1913), "The Three Cornered Hat" (1919), and "Pulcinella" (1920).
With the death of Diaghilev in 1929, the company’s dancers scattered throughout Europe. Eventually two companies, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the original Ballet Russe, worked to continue the tradition. It was the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo that settled in the United States and is to a large degree responsible for raising the standard of dance in the United States.
About the Ticket Supplier: Media City Ballet
Now in its fourth season under the guidance of Artistic Director Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, The Media City Ballet Company (MCB) is dedicated to providing Burbank and the surrounding communities with quality live ballet productions, utilizing the inspired and creative talents of the local community, as well as professionals from around the world. MCB is the only ballet company in Los Angeles presenting performances in the tradition and philosophy of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev. Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov’s grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a Soloist in the original Balle Russe, which included other legendary dancers like Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Middleton-Kettebekov’s father, Andrei Tremaine, was a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the Colon Opera Ballet of Buenos Aires and the Paris Opera Ballet. Natasha Middleton-Kettebekov, a â€œBallet Russe Baby,â€ was a Prima Ballerina for her father’s ballet company, Pacific Ballet Theatre, as well as a member of the Joffrey II Ballet Company in New York City, before taking on the responsibilities of Artistic Director for Media City Ballet. MCB also has a school called the Media Dance Centre, which provides training and instruction in not only ballet, but also in jazz, tap, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Folk, Swing and Salsa. In addition, the ballet company’s Outreach Division works with schools and local service groups to entertain and instruct the community on the art of ballet and dance. The new Junior Company is designed to train young dancers, and prepare them for the organization’s professional company.