I have not written here in some time. My last post was called "I feel weird cuz le jeune homme turns me on". There is a good reason for it. There is a lot going on with Makhalina and Fadeev . A lot.
photo courtesy of Elizabeth Lopez, 1997 CNB
I deleted the post. Well, I finished watching it, sinned, then deleted it. Fucking ballet. I have to confess that you know!
Nonetheless, and despite the fact that we squared off and I trashed them mercilessly , Companhia Nacional de Bailados is staging Le Sacre du Printemps after a 12 year absence and I could not be more excited!
(1997 clip of the Glorification to Four Piano, Elizabeth Lopez Chosen One. wild..)
Altough I was harsh with CNB which ultimately got me the photos of the dancers , every Ballet company from 1987 until 2007 perhaps did not treat their Chosen Ones very well. In fact nobody knew who they were. In fact in Finland they were deceased despite being alive. Okay that's a broad brush : it was one dancer but it came from the director, Yeah, So when I posted on FB that this dancer had died, I was immediately contacted by a dancer in Finand who told me she is not dead take that down .
That girl's Facebook profile was gone within the week. I haven't been able to find her either. Finland is one strange place. They have weird names and hide ballerinas in bunkers.
I have no data on that.
And that's another thing. I have lost my voice as a writer and dance hack. I got conservative and that is no longer working for me. I am returning to the nonsensical bullshit writing that got me here in the first place. Tip of the hat to Elizabeth Kiem. And a shot of anything.
I've been writing about Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps ballet since 2007, I have amassed a ridiculous YouTube collection that includes even Marie Chouinard because it is " relevant" for some reason. I don't think so. It is like Jan Fabre threw up, pushed her in the puddle and she emerges with something even more hilarious.
And by the way Jan Fabre has completely - and with no return- lost his shit and I cannot believe that there are still dancers on that sinking ship with him! This is a "Raft of the Medusa" situation, kids. Eat the bastard and move on to a real company if you can but they probably won't take you.
where was I?
(Absolutely phenomenal CNB shot 1994 courtesy of Guipomar Cabral Machado)
In the process of creating the first collection of the Chosen Ones -what a privilege -, I realized something about the 1990's CNB:
unless you were Ana Lacerda in Pedro and Ines or unless you were Filipa de Castro in anything - you were a nobody.
But that was the old CNB. And those were the old days. I am going to go along that line.
I think they might be in the process of really doing something right: they posted dress rehearsal photos.
There are three Chosen Ones set up for their debuts on rotating nights and each one has made a contact with me and that's very exciting! I can't wait for these girls to have photos that I can enter into that little collection that "almost archive" full of terrible shots of important dancers.
This is the era of social media. And so these girls - and the whole corp de ballet - will experience something entirely different than Sonia Abrantes. But they will still be working with Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer who remain luminous decades in and decades out. From the first curtain call with the Joffrey in 1987 until this very day in Portugal, they bring such excitement to these dancers ! They are incredibly gifted and talented people with such a well of generosity that they are able to revive Nijinsky - the effigy of 1913 - each time they stage this monster. Each dancer in a staging of Le Sacre du Printemps with Hodson and Archer are brought into a secret world and from there, they dance.
I'm hoping that CNB will not carry a grudge and maybe I'll get a video? I hope they begin a solid website with dancers from the past which they do Bulgaria !
And I am confident that they will shoot a professional video of the ballet and release it freely. Rio has meted out 1 minute clips since 2013 and really I am tired of appetizers.
The crown has long been on the head of The Mariinsky . They have twice released that full ballet , professionally shot and edited though sometimes I think they shouldn't have done it.
Now come on Portugal, take that crown, You can do it!
I am making that "woop woop" thing with my arm right now and I am terribly embarrassed.
In closing, congratulations to the dancers and musicians who get to be a part of this thing which they will recall as one of the greatest moments of their lives. As did those dancers of CNB who paved the way.