Attitudes.There I was in Cincinnati, wondering when I was last there and why. It must have been years ago, to see a theater company, because, to my doubtless shame, I had never seen the Cincinnati Ballet The Cincinnati Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1958 in Cincinnati, United States. External links
The Cincinnati Ballet website before. I was in the city to assist (I love that French term for attending a performance; it sounds so positive and helpful)at the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Cincinnati Ballet's founding with a performance (see Reviews, page 50) honoring 88-year-old Frederic Franklin, a former artistic director of the company, and the troupe with which Franklin will always be associated, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Ballet company formed in Monte Carlo in 1932. The name derived from Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, which dissolved after his death in 1929. Under René Blum and Col. W. .
Franklin is never simply honored--he always jumps up and does something wonderful. In this case, it was to produce some hitherto forgotten fragments by Leonide Massine and Frederick Ashton Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (Guayaquil, Ecuador, September 17, 1904 - Eye, SuffolkOctober 18, 1988) began his career as a dancer but is largely remembered as a choreographer. from the old Ballet Russe repertoire, and also to mount Night Shadow, which was the original name for La Sonnambula La sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) is an opera semiseria in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani, based on a vaudeville by Eugène Scribe.
The first performance was in Teatro Carcano, Milan on March 6 1831. . When George Balanchine Noun 1. George Balanchine - United States dancer and choreographer (born in Russia) noted for his abstract and formal works (1904-1983)
Balanchine created Night Shadow for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1946, the leading roles were created on Alexandra Danilova Aleksandra Dionisyevna Danilova (November 20, 1903-July 13, 1997) was a Russian-born prima ballerina assoluta who became an American citizen.
Born in Peterhof, Russia, she was trained at the two major schools in Leningrad (formerly and currently St. (the Sleepwalker), Franklin (the Poet), Maria Tallchief Noun 1. Maria Tallchief - United States ballerina who promoted American ballet through tours and television appearances (born in 1925)
Tallchief (the Coquette), and Michel Katcharoff (the Baron). Because Franklin was injured just before the first performance, his role was taken at the premiere by Nicholas Magallanes Nicholas Magallanes (1922 - 1977) was a first-generation principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Along with Jerome Robbins, Francisco Moncion and Maria Tallchief, Magallanes was among the core group of dancers with which George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein formed the New , who thus became the creator of record. Later Franklin reassumed the role.
It has been a remarkable career for Franklin, and one that clearly is far from finished. Born in 1914, in Liverpool, England, like The Beatles, Franklin was one of the early pioneers of British ballet. Unlike a slightly earlier generation--Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, and Alicia Markova--Franklin was not a survivor from Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, a company he never even saw. He was a young kid simply interested in dancing, from Lancashire clog dancing to Hollywood tap dancing. But he took ballet classes, first in Liverpool under the respected teacher Shelagh Elliott-Clarke, and later with even more famous pedagogues, such as Nicholas Legat, even though his professional debut was made in Paris in 1931 in a troupe supporting the French music-hall legend Mistinguette.
It was Dolin, with his impeccable eye for dance talent, who first saw the promise of young Freddie, inviting him in 1935 to join the newly founded Markova-Dolin Ballet. He stayed with Dolin until 1937, graduating to a few leading roles such as Harlequin in Fokine's Carnaval, and eventually sharing some of Dolin's own roles. Then Massine invited him to join the new company he was forming with Rend Blum, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and his real career had started. Franklin was a good dancer, a superb partner, but a wonderful ... what's the word? Something equivalent to that phrase "man of the theater," so let's try "man of dance."
When I first saw Franklin dance in 1949 he was already, with his partner, the peerless Danilova, a legend. They danced a season as guests with The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. In the summer of that year both of them appeared, with Massine, in the excellent but short-lived Metropolitan Ballet. Here we had Massine, Danilova, and Franklin in Massine's Le Beau Danube (Franklin danced the King of the Dandies at some performances, and Massine's own role of the Hussar hussar
Member of a European light-cavalry unit used for scouting, modeled on the 15th-century Hungarian light-horse corps. The brilliantly coloured Hungarian hussar's uniform was imitated in other European armies; it consisted of a busby (high cylindrical cloth cap), a at others), and also saw the two stars in the Black Swan pas de deux pas de deux
(French; “step for two”)
Dance for two performers. A characteristic part of classical ballet, it includes an adagio, or slow dance, by the ballerina and her partner; solo variations by the male dancer and then the ballerina; and a coda, or .
Yes, Franklin was a fine dancer, very elegant and with as much dash as polish, and in demi-caractere and character roles he had this total feel for the theater that was very marked in British dancers of his generation, such as Robert Helpmann, Walter Gore, or the virtuoso Harold Turner. Even late in his career, Franklin was able to produce a marvelous portrayal of the witch Madge in Bournonville's La Sylphide. Yet Franklin's gifts were only partly those of a dancer and partner. He was a ballet master, and during the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's greatest years, he was the spirit behind it--which is why he found himself being lauded in Cincinnati.
During its twenty-four years of gypsy touring, this company created dozens of ballets, many by Massine and Balanchine, gave work to hundreds of dancers, and perhaps more than any other company popularized the then arcane art of ballet in North America. And most of that time, and certainly for the best of that time, Franklin was the Ballet Russe's guiding light, creating such roles as the Champion Roper in Agnes de Mille's breakthrough ballet, Rodeo (what was a nice Liverpudlian like him doing in a Western?), and, of course, the Poet in that first Night Shadow, which brings us back to Cincinnati.
After he had parted company with Denham, in 1952 he formed the Slavenska/Franklin Ballet with the second of his great partners, the often underestimated Yugoslav ballerina Mia Slavenska (see Transitions, page 122). It was for this troupe that Valerie Bettis created her ballet version of A Streetcar Named Desire A Streetcar Named Desire may refer to:
Dear, dear, Freddie, what would we have done without you? Much less, I suspect.
Senior Editor/Advisor Clive Barnes, who covers dance and theater for the New York Post The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. Since 1976, it has been owned by Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and is one of the 10 , has contributed to DANCE MAGAZINE since 1956.