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December 03, 2012


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Oh, goodness, the Piano Concerto No.2. I also follow figure skating and a lot of people complain that it's been overused (well, not as much as Carmen, which is ubiquitous), but I think it's just a lot of mediocre routines not living up to the gorgeous music. It's Rachmaninoff. Surely it's on Ratmansky's bucket list?

Hi, Kit.

Ah, ice skating - and what it can sometimes do to the classics.

There is a lot of extraordinary classical music that has never been used for ballet, because it's probably just too beautiful and choreographers know that whatever they come up with won't live up to the music. Worse, some have tried to make bad comedy of it.

But the Rachmaninoff PC No. 2 is wonderfully danceable, and I hope Ratmansky will take a crack at it.

"Ah, ice skating - and what it can sometimes do to the classics."

Oh, I know this all too well. For every Torvill and Dean 'Bolero', or Gordeeva and Grinkov 'Moonlight Sonata', there are a ton of programs that are veritable train wrecks. And ballet scores are quite risky to pull off, because unlike opera or other classical music, it already has choreography associated with it. And Swan Lake is the most iconic (and most perilous) of all. :D Audiences expect a certain quality of movement from skaters using ballet-specific music.

There IS one piece I should think skaters would interpret reasonably well--Les Patineurs. ;)

There are so many great Rachmaninoff pieces that need to be choreographed. Le sigh.

Hi Koji. You're oh-so right. Perhaps you might convey to Alexei Ratmansky how you would like to take the No. 2 for a whirl if he would be so inclined to choreograph it.

Mr. Watts was mighty fine on both Wednesday and Thursday nights. I'm going back on Tuesday and would probably be there Saturday night, too, except that a certain Ms. Veronika Part beckons from BAM.

Glad to hear Watts is doing and sounding well--he's unfortunately from time-to-time suffered from arm problems, but has been an artistic figure I've admired since a child. And he's a wonderful human being on top of it.

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