Posted by Rebecca King on 06.15.2011
Today was our third day of Paris preparations. The day began as a bit of a challenge, as each day it has become increasingly difficult to get out of bed. The past two days have been very intense and our bodies have been responding accordingly. But our moods were to be turned around with a wonderfully successful run of Balanchine’s “Ballet Imperial” (some may know this ballet as Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2). We had really turned our focus to this ballet in the past two days and we were glad to hear from our ballet mistress that our hard work had paid off. We responded to her praise with a resounding round of applause. What a wonderful way to start the day.
After class this morning I had a brief break, where I was able to sit in on a rehearsal of Balanchine’s “Tarentella.” For those of you who have seen this spritely duet, I am sure you felt the excitement and energy radiating from the dancers. And those of you who are intimate with the choreography know extremely how difficult this pas de deux is for the dancers. The music is Louis Moreau Gottschalk’s “Grand Tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra”, which was reconstructed by Hershey Kay for the New York City Ballet premier in 1964. The original cast was our own, Edward Villella and Patricia McBride. As the original man in this ballet, you can imagine that our director has some pretty wonderful things to say to the dancers who perform this part on Miami City Ballet stages. So today, I caught him demonstrating to Soloist dancer Kleber Rebello exactly what he wanted.
Click here to view the short video (scroll down to press play): Villella Edward Villella coaches Miami City Ballet dancers in Balanchine’s “Tarentella”