Cincinnati Ballet Opens 2004-05 Season with Lost Work by Massine

Classic Arts News   Cincinnati Ballet Opens 2004-05 Season with Lost Work by Massine
The Cincinnati Ballet opens its new season tonight with excerpts from Leonide Massine's 1938 Seventh Symphony, an allegorical ballet about the creation of the world set to Beethoven's symphony of the same name. The work has not been seen in its entirety since 1948.

The company performed the third movement of the work, known as "The Sky," in 2002, as part of its salute to the repertoire of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Tonight the first two movements, "The Creation" and "The Earth," will also be performed.

The ballet was transcribed by the company's ballet mistress, Johanna Bernstein Wilt, from hours of archival footage of performance by the Ballet Russe. Wilt then restaged the work with help from artistic director emeritus Frederic Franklin, a former principal dancer with the Ballet Russe, who also coached the dancers.

The fourth movement has not been recreated because there is no existing footage.

The opening-night program, which will be reprised tomorrow, also features Trey McIntyre's Chasing Squirrel, with music from the Kronos Quartet; Devon Carney's U Too?; and former Nacional Ballet de Cuba dancers Cervilio Amador and Adiarys Almeida, who defected to the United States last year, in Marius Pepita's Don Quixote.

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