Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins)


Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins)

"Afternoon of a Faun" is a ballet made by Jerome Robbins, subsequently ballet master of New York City Ballet, to Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune". The premiere took place May 14, 1953 at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with scenery and lighting by Jean Rosenthal and costumes by Irene Sharaff.

Robbin's setting differs from the original version by Vaslav Nijinsky by placing the "danseur" in a ballet studio (a three wall set) lounging on the floor. A ballerina enters and they dance facing the audience as though looking into the mirrored wall of the studio. He kisses his partner on the cheek, and she "bourrées" out of the studio and off-stage. He returns to his initial supine position.

Cast

original

*Tanaquil Le Clercq [To whom Jerome Robbins dedicated this ballet. "Repertory Week", Spring season, 2008, week 3]
*Francisco Moncion

NYCB 1982

*Darci Kistler col-3-of-3x
*Afshin Mofid

NYCB 1992

*Helene Alexopoulos
*Alexandre Proia

ABT 2005

American Ballet Theatre
*Stella Abrera
*David Hallberg

NYCB 2007

*Janie Taylor
*Craig Hall

Spring 2008 Jerome Robbins celebration

*Janie Taylor
*Damian Woetzel

References

*"Playbill", New York City Ballet, Thursday, May 15, 2008

*"Repertory Week", New York City Ballet, Spring Season, 2008 repertory, week 3

Notes

External links

* [http://jeromerobbins.org/ The Jerome Robbins Foundation and Trust website]

* [http://www.nycballet.com NYCB website]

* [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0E1EFF3F5B157A93C7A8178ED85F478585F9 NY Times review by John Martin, May 15, 1953]

* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9902E4D71438F932A25756C0A964948260 NY Times review by Anna Kisselgoff, May 11, 1982]

* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CEFD7123CF930A15751C0A964958260 NY Times review by Jennifer Dunning, February 23, 1992]

* [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/25/arts/dance/25ball.html NY Times review by Roslyn Sulcas, October 25, 2005]

* [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/arts/dance/19banq.html NY Times review by Gia Kourlas, February 19, 2007]


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