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February 10, 1969
THE COURTSHIP OF
NEW YORK CITY
by Kathy Fitzgerald
^ Through, funds donated by Thomas
Kenan, a group of students from the
Dance Department were permitted to
visit New York City and to see two
performances of the New York City
Ballet over the weekend of February
In varying degrees of insanity,
we trondled through the Lincoln Tun
nel in our grumbling bus, having
left Winston-Salem twelve hours be
fore. We were liberated from the
obnoxious vehicle to check into the
New Yorker Hotel and we spent Friday
night roaming the perilous city.
Saturday morning, a few of the
students watched a class taught by
Alexandra Danilova and Muriel Stuart
at the School of American Ballet
while others continued their sight
seeing. At 1:45 we assembled at the
New York State Theater in Lincoln
The matinee performance consis
ted of four ballets: SWAN LAKE,
FIREBIRD, TARANTELLA,and NEW W0RK#2.
Patricia McBride's "Odette" was ex
quisitely moving; Violette Verdy's
"Firebird," precise yet exciting.
Edward Villella displayed his usual
bravura in "Tarantella" with his
double "Dumbfound-the-audience" en
I’air, his jangling tambourine and
intensity of his ora personality.
After a short rest (just enough
time to lose Lincoln Center and find
it again), we returned for the even-
ing performance. This consisted of
A HIKE , A mOD
by Celia S'pa:pgev
The laughter of the girls' faded
as the mist enveloped the pasture in
which they were hiking. One by one
they drifted apart, each to be alone
with her thoughts.
Fog and meadow...that was all.
No man-made object marred the land
scape, no animal showed its head, no
sound could be heard. My companions
were silent, over-come by a mystic
force which they could not touch or
explain, but could only yield to in
This world was only temporary;
that's all it could be. Soon the
fog began to lift. Man's world ap
peared, seemingly from nowhere. The
girls, awaken from their reveries,
began to run and laugh and shout.
Their natural, expressive spirit was
restored and they could no longer re
strain themselves. This made them
free; free from themselves, and
therefore, free to share themselves
A ballet that was intended to
amuse children succeeded in not only
keeping them attentive, but also the
entire audience. The recent ballet
is "The Courtship of Miles Standish"
choreographed by Duncan Noble, a
member of the dance faculty at NCSA.
The story of Miles Standish is
easily understood through the clever
demi-character steps of the fifty
minute ballet. Each dancer should
be commended for their excellent
portrayal in "The Courtship of Miles
Standish." They had an excitement
and spark about their dancing which
kept the audience thrilled.
To be especially noted were the
sailors who, through the typical
sailor steps, were able to keep com
plete unity throughout their segment
of the ballet. Also the three In
dians were suspenseful in their jaz-
zed-up war dance. The drum beat
music added to the effect and the
determination in which they danced—
jumped and threw their poles stimu
lated an enormous reaction. The In
dian fight, to the peculiar music
"Dance of the Hours" was again out
of the ordinary, but worked in
keeping everyone suspended in com
Gyuli Pandi pcrtrayed Miles
Standish with pantomine and dance
that was outstanding on a profession
al level. He was able to moi'e with
a great amount of ease as he kept
the audience questioning, what amuse
ment he'd come up with next.
"Liebeslieder Walzer,"Metastaseis &
Pithoprakta" and a repition of
Jacques d'Amboise's "New Work //2.
"Liebeslieder Walzer" was a tad
long but interesting nonetheless,
giving us our first view of Suzanne
Farrell. "New Work //2" was techni
cally better in this performance and
Kay Mazzo was even lovelier.
The second ballet on the pro
gram, Ballanchine's "Metastaseis &
Pithoprakta", was simply incredible.
The curtain rose. In the first
movement's dim lighting, what ap
peared to be a gigantic, white mass
of protoplasm became visible. To
Iannis Xenakis' startling music the
organism began to bubble and divide
as the individual dancers moved un
til, after a frantic interval, it
alternately flowed and jerked back
to its original, silently seething
Suzanne Farrell and Arthur Mit
chell were stunning as they executed
the second movement against a back
ground of dancers in stark black and
Ronald Bates' effective side and
We re-boarded the bus soon af
ter the performance and arrived in
Winston-Salem on Sunday tired but
with new impetus.
The two pairs of students who
did the roles of Priscilla and John
Alden succeeded in convincing the
audience of their love for one a-
nother. Each of them had a particu
lar style of portraying their charac
ter, and all brilliantly executed it
The four dancers were able to per
form seriously, romantically, comi
cally, and casually with a great a-
mount of poise and technique.
Except for the Indian fight the
music was that of Gilbert and Sulli
van. It was a good choice of music
for the exciting atmosphere of Miles
Mr. Noble's "smash hit" succeed
ed in many ways and thanks to many
participants in the production of
"The Courtship of Miles Standish",
many elementary grade children were
able to enjoy a wonderful afternoon
of fun (that's not to forget the
big folks too!)
SPOI^TS ON CA^^US
ATTBITION ; JELLO - CATCHERS ! !
George Randall Ellis III is the
present holder of The Jello-Catcher
Award. This was determined on Sun
day, January 9, 1969 at 6:07 P.M. in
the N.C.S.A. cafeteria. Anthony Min-
shall Senter threw the jello cube
which Randy caught in his mouth at
the distance of twenty-seven feet.
Despite this outstanding feat
arts and academic classes will be
continued this week. However, our
champion welcomes any challenges.
By our N.C.S.A.
(oon't from pg. 1)
Of all the students presently
enrolled, 100% expect to be working
in their major areas of interest in
5 years—either at the Curtain Call
or the Wagon Wheel.
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