5/23/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Rudolph Nureyev and Denise Jackson- Spectre de la Rose

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Le Spectre de la rose (English: The Spirit of the Rose) about a young girl who dreams of dancing with the spirit of a souvenir rose from her first ball.  Continue reading

10/7/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky 1980

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Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky, features three ballets Petrouchka, Le spectre de la rose, L’après-midi d’un faune was recorded on August 1980 in Nashville. 

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As Robert Joffrey, artistic director of the company, explains toward the end of this program, no one really knows in precise detail how the Vaslav Nijinsky of legend danced. These re-creations were assembled by reading about him and by looking at photographs in costume. Needless to say, dance scholars have been afforded endless opportunity for taking indignant exception to bits and pieces of the reconstructions.

Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky 1980

Petrouchka (Rudolf Nureyev, Denise Jackson, Christian Holder, Gary Chryst)

Le spectre de la rose (Rudolf Nureyev, Denise Jackson)

L’après-midi d’un faune (Rudolf Nureyev, Charlene Gehm)

National Philharmonic Orchestra ; Terence Kern, conductor ; Paul Jacobs, solo piano.

Rudolph Nureyev and Denise Jackson: Spectre de la Rose

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Le Spectre de la rose (English: The Spirit of the Rose) about a young girl who dreams of dancing with the spirit of a souvenir rose from her first ball. Jean-Louis Vaudoyer wrote the ballet story. He based it on a verse by  Theophile Gautier.  The dances were designed by Michel Fokine. The music is Hector Berlioz’s 1841 orchestration by Carl Maria von Weber’s piano music Afforderung zum Tanz (English: Invitation to the Dance). Leon Bakst designed the original sets and costume. The ballet was first presented in Monte Carlo on 19 April 1911. Nijinsky danced The Rose and Tamara Karsavina danced The Young Girl. Continue reading