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  Pulcinella - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pulcinella, often called Punch or Punchinello in English, is a classical character that originated in the Commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry.
In Latin, this was a pullus gallinaceus, which led to the word "Pulliciniello" and "Pulcinella", related to the Italian pulcino or chick.
Pulcinella is also the mascot of the Pulcinella Awards, annual awards for excellence in animation, presented at the Cartoons on the Bay Festival in Positano, Italy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pulcinella   (160 words)

 Pulcinella (ballet) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pulcinella is a ballet by Igor Stravinsky based on an 18th-century play.
It premiered in Paris on 15 May 1920.
Pulcinella is scored for a modern chamber orchestra with soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists, and is often considered to be the first piece of Stravinsky's neo-classical period.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pulcinella_(ballet)   (143 words)

 Pro Arte May 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The Ballets Russes had recently produced a piece based on old works by Scarlatti dressed up in new orchestrations, and Diaghilev thought Stravinsky might enjoy a similar undertaking.
But Diaghilev, who was an experienced musician as well as an impresario, had already gathered pieces that he thought might be suitable in a ballet, and he finally persuaded Stravinsky at least to look at what he had collected--much of it, he said, completely unknown.
Pulcinella ultimately led to such neo-Classical marvels as Oedipus Rex, the Symphony in C, and The Rake's Progress.
www.proarte.org /notes/Oct03.htm   (1562 words)

 Stravinsky: ``Pulcinella'' Suite   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Pulcinella was an important turning point in Stravinsky's career, for it led him into the so-called ``neo-classical'' style which was to dominate his output for the next several decades.
Unlike his earlier ballets, which were characterized by huge orchestras, and innovative rhythms, Pulcinella is relatively simple and sparse, scored for 33 chamber players and 3 vocal soloists, and sticking mostly to time signatures that had been used two centuries earlier.
In the ballet, Pulcinella, a traditional hero of Neapolitan commedia dell'arte, has captured the hearts of all the local girls.
fmg-www.cs.ucla.edu /geoff/prognotes/stravinsky/pulcinella.html   (383 words)

 Notes on Pulcinella Suite (Igor Stravinsky)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
In 1919 Sergei Diaghilev, the impressario of the Ballets Russes whose collaborations with Stravinsky, including The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring, had brought the composer to international prominence, approached him with a new project: a ballet based on music by the eighteenth-century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, with set designs by Pablo Picasso.
The ballet would be based on the characters of the sixteenth-century commedia dell'arte, then enjoying a considerable vogue (Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos and Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire also date from this period).
Even if the musical and theatrical materials were themselves separated by a gulf of some two hundred years, the deliberately archaic musical rhetoric would nevertheless help audiences perceive the even more venerable stage tradition as something blown in from the distant past.
www.loudounsymphony.org /notes/stravinsky-pulcinella.html   (344 words)

 French culture | performing arts: Ballet Biarritz in Miami Sept. 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Diaghilev based his 1920 ballet Pulcinella on a story he found in Naples: "I quattro Pulcinelli".
This ballet for one dancer is inspired by the poem by Stéphane Mallarmé and was first danced by the legendary Vaslav Nijinski in 1912.
This ballet for two dancers was originally created in 1911, by Michel Fokine aftera poem by Théophile Gautier.
www.frenchculture.org /perfo/events/02balletbiarritzsept.html   (720 words)

 A radiant glimpse of talent to come - The Boston Globe
At the other end of the spectrum was ''Les Sylphides." One of the world's most popular ballets, Fokine's 1909 abstract work is the epitome of Romantic grace and refinement, and the young dancers had a real feel for the classical line, elegant demeanor, and timing that are critical to pulling it off.
Soloist Elizabeth Alexander was especially notable in the Mazurka, with exquisitely controlled extensions and balances as well as lovely length and suspension in her leaps.
This abstract neo-classical ballet for 15 is set to the first movement of Beethoven's heroic ''Emperor" Concerto (given a sparkling performance by pianist Steven Kim, who graduated from the conservatory last year).
www.boston.com /ae/theater_arts/articles/2006/02/18/a_radiant_glimpse_of_talent_to_come   (537 words)

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Pulcinella was composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1920.
According to the history of Pulcinella, Stravinsky was approached by Serge Diaghilev to compose the score for this ballet.
Pulcinella will be showing at the Spier Amphitheatre on 10, 11 and 16 - 18 February 2006 at 20h00.
www.artzone.co.za /template_level2.asp?parentseq=59   (539 words)

 Ballet Performances Videos and DVDS 10
Martins – a former member of the Royal Danish Ballet who is one of the City Ballet’s male principals – to explain his feelings about himself, his work and the City Ballet.
There is a little of this influence as the ballet progresses but most of the numbers recall the folklore of the old world, reenacting life, loves and tragedies of the people of the past.” Christopher Bruce.
The ballet captures Janacek’s great happiness as well as the unbearable anguish of earlier tragedies in his life.
www.iefit.com /ballet/ballet-performances-10.htm   (1615 words)

 Centre Chorégraphique National / Ballet Biarritz
Ballet Biarritz has started its conquest of Russia by the Oural region and Ekaterinbourg has been conquered by Ballet Biarritz.
Malandain’s Pulcinella […] keeps its liveliness, its libertinage and the character’s mischievousness without indulging in parody or grotesque.
Ballet Biarritz gave an appetizing glance at a historical period in Ballet.
www.balletbiarritz.com /gb/1002b.html   (619 words)

 Danville Ballet Company   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Ballet and Theatre Arts of Danville is involved in a number of activities in the community which give the students the opportunity to perform.
Ballet is the basis of good dance education and is, therefore the central focus of our school.
She was a member of Ballet Ensemble and a dancer with the Utah Light Opera while majoring in dance at the University of Utah.
www.danvilleballet.org /Pages/school   (1465 words)

Pulcinella was written for Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballet Russes," one of the most famous Russian dance groups of all time.
In the ballet, the tenor sings about a singing shepherdess, who alone wanders through the leafy groves and woodlands, while her lamb grazes.
In the ballet, the aria is sung by the bass.
www-personal.umich.edu /~kervamaa/dancing_cello.html   (2258 words)

 New York City Ballet | About NYCB | George Balanchine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
As a choreographer, Balanchine generally de-emphasized plot in his ballets, preferring to let "dance be the star of the show," as he once told an interviewer.
The important thing in ballet is that movement itself, as it is sound which is important in a symphony.
A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle, not the story is the essential element.
www.nycballet.com /about/nycbgbbio.html   (2657 words)

 Ballet Pacifica opens season with premiere and three revivals 09/26/02
Ballet Pacifica opens its season with the world premiere of Dominic Walsh's "Love Intr-Fear" and three company revivals.
Finding love in today's society is at the core of the intriguingly titled "Love Intr-Fear," an abstract, contemporary ballet by Dominic Walsh receiving its world premiere with Ballet Pacifica Oct. 4 and 5 at the Irvine Barclay.
And Pulcinella is the Punch 'n' Judy of the show, a ringmaster, introducing the story." Adam Hunt, also of Irvine, and Erin Holmes will dance Pulcinella.
www.irvineworldnews.com /Bstories/sept26/ballet.html   (877 words)

 MUSICMATCH Guide: Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky's triad of early ballets -- The Firebird (1909-10), Petrushka (1910-11), and most importantly, The Rite of Spring (1911-13) -- did more to establish his reputation than any of his other works; indeed, the riot which followed the premiere of The Rite is one of the most notorious events in music history.
The neoclassical tautness of works as diverse as the ballet Pulcinella (1919-20), the Symphony of Psalms (1930) and, decades later, the opera The Rake's Progress (1948-51) made a widespread impact and had an especial influence upon the fledgling school of American composers that looked to Stravinsky as its primary model.
Pulcinella, ballet with song in 1 act, for 3 vocal soloists & orchestra
www.mmguide.musicmatch.com /artist/artist.cgi?ARTISTID=1089116&TMPL=LONG   (2387 words)

 STRAVINSKY Pulcinella, Rossignol APEX 2564 62088-2 [IL]: Classical CD Reviews- March 2005 MusicWeb-International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Pulcinella is a happy fusion of the art of both composers.
All three soloists enter into the comic spirit of the ballet, colouring their voices uninhibitedly and enjoying the broad humour immensely.
Stravinsky’s ballet Le Chant Rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale) after Andersen’s tale The Emperor of China’s Nightingale, was first performed in February 1920 with only limited success.
www.musicweb-international.com /classrev/2005/Mar05/Stravinsky_pulcinella_2564620882.htm   (407 words)

 DanceWorks SideSteps - Ballets Russes, the Massine years   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Eager for new creations, it was Pulcinella, with its score by Stravinsky and choreography by Massine which provoked most expectation.
Massine's departure ended the the third period in the history of Diaghilev's ballet and Diaghilev was obliged to find a new choreographer for the new ballets expected in the next Paris season.
The young Slavinsky was appointed, under the guidance of Larionov, and he began to compose Chout (The Buffoon) to music by Prokofiev, a Russian composer of the new generation.
www.danceworksonline.co.uk /sidesteps/companies/balletrusses_massine4.htm   (1437 words)

 Ballets Russes
Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was an impresario, the manager of the Ballets Russes that created a sensation in Western Europe in the early years of the 20th century.
The impact of Ballets Russes on the West stemmed from a number of causes.
The mortality of ballets is notorious, but a striking number of these are still performed.
www.cmi.univ-mrs.fr /~esouche/dance/dance1.html   (692 words)

 December 98
The first one was born there in 1818, danced in Bordeaux and Madrid, and became later the ballet master in chief of the ballet of Saint-Petersburg until 1903.
In 1801, he became a ballet master, choreographer and teacher in Saint-Petersburg at the Imperial Theater, and reorganized the system of dance teaching there.
In 1950 ABT acquired a ballet Ross had done for a choreography workshop, which evoked the Spanish Inquisition filtered through the art of the painter Francisco Goya.
www.balletalert.com /specials/Quiz/1998/december98.htm   (537 words)

 The Stage | Reviews | Stravinsky! A Celebration 2006 - Apollo/Pulcinella/The Firebird
It is a spirited ballet and Pulcinella is a very physical role, characterised at first by ungainly movement.
Voice solos from the pit match the passion of the dancers as Pulcinella’s clumsy and self-mocking stance melts into a rapturous and abandoned pas de deux with Ambra Vallo as Pimpinella.
Everything about The Firebird, danced with the utmost sensitivity by Nao Sukuma, is extraordinary, from the huge crowd of masked monsters and courtiers released in a flood of sunlight, to the fearsome Immortal Kostchei, jabbing his bony finger to shivering chords of brass.
www.thestage.co.uk /reviews/review.php/12511   (272 words)

 South Bend Symphony - Program Notes
The ballets all exist in concert suite versions, the form in which most of this music is usually performed.
For his part, Stravinsky was a tad worried about producing a 45-minute ballet score in a very short period of time, but finished a skeleton score by March, a full orchestration by mid-April, and the final re-touches were dated May 18, 1910.
Stravinsky fashioned three suites of excerpts from the ballet: one in 1911 which uses the original huge orchestration (we don't hear that version much any more); one in 1919 for a more conventional ensemble, which is most played; and one in 1945, which uses basically the 1919 orchestra but with more selections from the ballet.
www.southbendsymphony.org /pages/masterworks_2.htm   (1771 words)

 Contra Costa Ballet
In 1969 he contracted with the American Ballet Theatre and during his five years with the Company danced an extensive repertoire with many soloist roles such as "Pillar of Fire" (Anthony Tudor), "Pulcinella"(Michael Smuin), and "Les Patineurs" (Fredrick Ashton).
Cammack served for two years as the American representative on the jury of the "Prix de Lausanne," a prestigious international ballet competition, and has lent his services as master teacher and adjudicator for several ballet festivals in the United States.
The school was restructured into 3 divisions composed of 15 levels of training (3 1/2 years of age to adults), the curriculum revised and a faculty development of international stature, each with years of teaching and performing experience.
www.contracostaballet.org /about/cammack.html   (398 words)

 russian ballet - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
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Kolpakova...Petersburg; the Kiev Ballet School, where Dvorovenko...there are a fabulous Russian ballerina and a...Woods, a former ballet dancer, is the dance...
BALLET the Nutcracker/ Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Philharmonic Hall...only, the annual visit of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.
www.questia.com /search/russian-ballet   (1695 words)

 100130 Igor Stravinsky
His neo-classical period between the years of 1920 and 1939 is indicated among other things by the dance comedy Pulcinella, which was written in 1919/20, a commedia dell'arte adaptation for mime artists and singers which was first performed by the Ballets russes at the Paris Opera House in 1920.
Stravinsky had already composed his other major ballet success for Serge Diaghilev in 1909/10, L'Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), the work with which the composer's world renown was to begin.
Building on the Italian improvised comedy of the 17th and 18th centuries, choreographer Nils Christe, together with his set designer Tom Schenk and the costume designer Nelly van de Velden, created a vital and expressive dance version of Pulcinella for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam which corresponded largely to the slapstick humor of the Italian example.
www.naxos.com /cat/dvd/100130.htm   (260 words)

 Australia Dancing - West Australian Ballet (1952 - )
Robin Haig speaks at length about her directorship of West Australian Ballet including the idea of establishing a school associated with the company, her approach to directorship and some of the initiatives she pursued and would have liked to have pursued as director.
The Australian Ballet's international tours are analysed, especially the Bicentennial tour to Russia, London and Greece, and the company's several tours to Asia and New York.
This interview was recorded at the end of Heathcote's twentieth year as a dancer with the Australian Ballet and the contents of the interview reflect the breadth and depth of Heathcote's experience and knowledge about the Australian Ballet.
www.australiadancing.org /apps/ad?action=ViewSubject&id=72&resourceType=All   (3110 words)

 Classical Music Navigator: Notable Works
The Wedding [ballet for 4 solo vv, 4 pf, perc ensemble and chorus] (1914-7, r1921-3).
The Soldier's Tale [ballet for narr., spoken vv and instrumental ensemble] (1918).
Pulcinella [ballet after Pergolesi for 3 solo vv and chamber orch.] (1919-20).
www.wku.edu /~smithch/music/basic5.htm   (229 words)

 UI Chamber Orchestra Programs Works By Stravinsky Oct. 13
“Pulcinella” was the last of a series of ballets that Stravinsky wrote for the great ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev.
In a dramatic change of direction from the exotic Russian subjects of the earlier ballets, Diaghilev suggested in 1919 that Stravinsky adapt a group of keyboard pieces by (or attributed to) the Baroque composer Pergolesi for a ballet with a commedia dell’arte theme.
The ballet, with decor and costumes by Picasso, was performed very successfully at the Paris Opera in 1920.
itsnt166.iowa.uiowa.edu /uns-archives/2002/september/0927chamber-orchestra.html   (1023 words)

 Paris Opera Ballet
From the small moments like the beginning focused on one dancer who recoils when she awakes to find her blanket reddened and the downstage grasping between Abbagnato and Romoli (and her trembling), to the large-scale diagonal cascading down the raked stage by the corps, this cast never lags behind the music.
And this choreographer -- well, as Pina primer, this ballet is evidence that at the root of this tanz-theater master is a dancer and choreographer.
The POB dancers interpreting this ballet Friday seemed to be going for the "happy-go-lucky, carefree" American sensibility, particularly in their constant grins.
www.danceinsider.com /f2002/f0521_1.html   (1826 words)

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