In honor of yesterday’s International Literacy Day, we want to hear from you: which novel would you love to see become a ballet?
Sarah Van Patten and Tiit Helimets in Cranko’s Onegin, based on the verse novel by Alexander Pushkin
Leave a comment here today telling us your dream adaptation! Tell us:
1. The novel and author
2. The choreographer you’ve love to see tackle the material
3. The dancers (from any era) that you envision in the lead roles
If we receive enough responses, we’ll showcase our favorites. Go!
1. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen.
2. Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
3. Tamara Rojo and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
I’m new to enjoying ballet, so I don’t really know dancers or choreographers by name – but I’d love to see The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
I think Doc. Zhivago. It’s been a book, a movie, musical, a TV mini-series. I think it would make a beautiful ballet.
I have more than one suggestion! Hope this is fine. Top pick is Little Women – but other ideas have been on my mind for some time! Thanks for asking SF Ballet! Really would love to see Christopher Weeldon’s mind at work on any of these stories! His movement is incredible. Can’t wait!
Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott
Choregrapher – Christopher Wheeldon
A few of my favorite Ballerinas for the four daughers- Gillian Murphy, Yuan Yuan Tan, Sara Mearns, Alassandra Ferri.
The Prince and the Pauper By Mark Twain
Choregrapher – Christopher Weeldon
Hanlet – by William Shakespeare
Choreagrapher – Christopher Weeldon
Dancer- Hamlet – Barishnakov
The Secret Garden- by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Choreagrapher – Christopher Weeldon
Dancer/Ballerina for the lead – Yuan Yuan Tan or Gillian Murphy.
It would be interesting to see the interpretation of Thrist For Love by Yukio Mishima :) by Mikuni Yanaihara and the current SF ballet primas – Yuan Yuan Tan, Maria Kochetkova…
Maurice Béjart experience would probably be ideal in this venture, also.
My studio used instrumental music from the film to do a small production of The Wizard of Oz, which was a book first. I’d love to see an adaptation of the Kite Runner. The characters are mostly male, but like I say, an adaptation would be touching. Les Miserables would be good, as well as What Maisie Knew (family/child/divorce drama)
1. Wildwood Dancing, by Marianne Miller
2. Christopher Wheeldon
3. Evgenia Obratzsova, Maria Kochetkova, Nina Ananiashvili and Jurgita Dronina for the main character Jena, Maria Chapman as Tatiana…I have others in mind but the list is so great!
1) THE THREE NUSKETEERS, by Alexander Dumas
2) One from SF Ballet
3) I vision this ballet would be more demanding for man dancers.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
Not sure about choreographer.
Any of the current dancers.
I would love to see a contemporary piece done over the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. I think the war and love theme would go well. I don’t think it should have a particular coreography style and the beautiful celt music should dictate the plot. I don’t think it should be an absolute copy of the story (or else it would have to be a 6 hour long ballet hahaha) but something inspired. Lucia Lacarra and Vladimir Malakhov would be perfect for a role.
The Time Travelers’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, has big themes of love and absence and miscommunication and sadness and hope that would be neat to see as a ballet. It’s big and dramatic and kinda epic like a classical ballet.
The Love of Seven Dolls. Paul Gallico. Was an amazing movie many years ago, with Leslie Carron, “Lilli”. This has been a great passion of mine, I think Graham Murphy, Matts Eks, Alexei Ratmansky. Music could be re adapted from Burgmueller’s La Peri,: Josef Bayer Puppenfee: Sir Arthur Sullivan Ballet Music, Or Verdi Ballet music. Based on the book it will be magnificent, particularly with the technical theatre today. Good luck, I wish to be in the front when this happens.
great question! my vote: Carlos Luis Zafon, Shadow of the Wind
choreographer and dancers – oh what a dream, whoever was enchanted with the book and characters!
Pride and prejudice will be my first choice. Little women with be good too. Gone with the wind won’t be a bad choice. Love to see them all if possible.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Sarah Van Patten & Damien Smith – They are both good actors as well as wonderful dancers.
1. The Painted Veil
3. Any of your amazing dancers.
I would really love to see The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje made into a ballet!
Novel: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon
Dancers: David Hallberg and Gillian Murphy
Hansel and Gretel
Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.
I would love to see “Snow Falling on Cedars” immortalized as a ballet. It is a beautiful, lyrical novel.
Wharton’s “Age of Innocence” made on (at the appropriate ages) Carla Fracci as Ellen Olenska, Antony Dowell as Newland Archer and Lynn Seymour as May Wellend. Choreographer: Kenneth Macmillan.
1. A Game of Thrones
2. sibi larbi cherkaoui
3. Yuan Yuan Tan (because they can do anything)
1. Fledging by Octavia Butler (or any other of her books)
not sure who to recommend for the other 2 categories here
- Anna karenina
- war and peace
- dr zhivago
- pride and prejudice
By John neumeier, i cant see Anyone else for these novels
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A haunting romance amidst a time and place that seems more magical than real, this epic is perfectly suited for the stage.
Jane Eyre. Rebecca. New takes on myths, for example, a “backstory” to Giselle, based on how Lilith recruits Myrtha. Only problem is, I always wanted Muriel M to dance the lead. She is the first Wronged Woman, and she is an Archetype Jung feared too much to discuss.
“The Postman Always Rings Twice” by James M. Cain. Was made into a great 1946 film with Lana Turner and John Garfield. Has everything a ballet needs…love, lust, murder and retribution.
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov–he does noir drama very well
Dancers: Lorena Feijoo or Sofiane Sylve as the femme fatale Cora
Davit Karapetyan or Vitor Luiz as her lover Frank
Val Caniparoli or Ricardo Bustamente as the doomed husband Nick
In Watermelon Sugar… by Richard Brautigan
choreographed by Jessica Lang
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, 2.Mikhail Baryshnikov, 3. Maria Tallchief and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Ballet needs simple plots that lifts the spirits. So I nominate Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.
Sergei Polunin and Alina Somova should do nicely as principals.
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