Day 20_Birthday Offering

[Gentes del mundo, el coronavirus nos ha encerrado. Pero no sólo no podrá con nosotros, sino que vamos a aprovechar el encierro al máximo. Aquí va mi idea del día.]

En 1968, el Royal Ballet de Londres recuperó Birthday Offering, una pieza que Frederick Ashton había creado doce años antes para el 25 aniversario de la compañía. Aunque fue David Blair quien lo estrenó, en esta segunda ocasión fue Nureyev quien lo bailó con Margot Fonteyn.
Este es un ensayo con vestuario, a piano, en escena. Se oye por ahí al propio coreógrafo pidiendo a Nureyev que levante más a Fonteyn, y preguntándoles si el tempo les iba bien. Fonteyn se pelea con el último equilibrio y Nureyev, como era habitual en él, con la casaca que le han puesto. Ni si quiera para ellos era fácil bailar.

[People of the world, the Coronavirus has locked us up. But not only will it not be able to take us, but we will make the most of the lockdown. Here’s my idea for the day.]

In 1968, the Royal Ballet of London re-staged Birthday Offering, a ballet that Frederick Ashton had created twelve years earlier for the 25th anniversary of the company. Although it was David Blair who premiered it, on this second time it was Nureyev who danced it with Margot Fonteyn.This is a dress rehearsal, with piano, on stage. You can hear the choreographer himself asking Nureyev to lift Fonteyn a bit more, and asking them if the tempo was right. Fonteyn fights with the last balance and Nureyev, as usual, with the jacket they put on him. Even for them it was not easy to dance.

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