northanger (northanger) wrote,

checkmate (bliss & valois)

dream. i remember doors & having to force myself awake. actually, i remember being asleep & my leg falling at a funny angle. asleep i thought how difficult it was to wake up under these conditions (not because of the leg, but the dream) ---- (3:33am :: playing cards?). anyway, someone in the dream noticed "no one was using the doors". someone finally managed to open a door & with just a little effort i wake up @ 3:27am. lose the main focus of the dream. i'm sleepy but ... ballerina: half her body in a white body tight, the other half is a black coat (similar to photo, but shorter coat & less black on her right side). two male dancers in black beside her. she begins interacting w/ a red dancer. i wake up completely when i realize this is a chessboard & get up so i can write down credits—

Entrance of the Black Queen
Valois, Barbieri
Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet

googly :: Checkmate Entrance of the Black Queen ballet

 • Dancing queen :: Stephen Phillips :: Margot Fonteyn was the greatest ballerina of the 20th century. That claim, reflecting opinion in the English-speaking world, is central to Meredith Daneman's biography. Fonteyn reached her peak as a performer in the middle of the century and remained near the top for 30 years. This was a truly remarkable achievement given that, in the eyes of her early colleagues, she was plump, uppity, scraggy, remote, stubborn, naive and technically unaccomplished. But the shy English girl brought over from Shanghai by the ultimate ballet mum (nicknamed Black Queen, after the steely character in Ninette de Valois's ballet Checkmate) timed her entrance brilliantly. From her first role, aged 14, as one of 28 snowflakes in Casse-Noisette, to the Royal Opera House gala that marked her 60th birthday and retirement from the stage, Fonteyn, more than any other artist, epitomised the golden age of British ballet.

 • Ballet on British Television, 1933-1939 :: Janet Rowson Davis :: In Checkmate the leading roles were taken by Helpmann as the Red King, Brae as the Black Queen, Turner as the First Red Knight, and May as the Red Queen. ...

 • The Dutch Journal: The Sadler's Wells Ballet in Holland, May 1940, Part One :: Annabel Farjeon :: Four Performances Half dressed as a Black Pawn for the ballet Checkmate, ... Joan, a Red Pawn who was always on the point of being late for her entrance...

google :: ballet ballerina checkmate valois

Two masterpieces of twentieth-century British ballet danced by the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Created for the Vic-Wells Ballet in the 1930s by founder-choreographer Ninette de Valois, Checkmate and The Rake’s Progress remain cornerstones of the British ballet repertoire. The scores, by Sir Arthur Bliss and Gavin Gordon, respectively, are here performed by the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra under the direction of Barry Wordsworth. Filmed in 1982 at Sadler’s Wells Theater, London. Color, 87 min., 1982, Color.

A Ballet in One Act with Prologue
Music: Sir Arthur Bliss
Choreography: Dame Ninette de Valois

Checkmate, one of the pillars of contemporary British ballet, was created in 1937 by choreographer Ninette de Valois (1898-2001) in response to an idea by composer Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975). It remained in the repertoire for more than four decades and is still regularly revived. The ballet portrays a game of love and death, played according to rules of chess. It is won by the Black Queen who first captures the Red Queen, then defeats the Red Knight, and finally delivers the Red King to her warriors.


The Black Queen: Margaret Barbieri
The Red Knight: David Ashmole
The Red King: David Bintley
The Red Queen: Sherilyn Kennedy
Second Red Knight: Michael Corder
First Black Knight: Roland Price
Second Black Knight: Nicholas Millington


Ninette de Valois was born Edris, which is how i refer to Eris; her cousin was Wei Wu Wei.

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