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The Jooss Ballet - 1941 - Broadway


Maxine Elliott's Theatre

(New York, NY)
109 West 39th Street
by Barnett Serchuk - Apr 3, 2013
I recently attended a performance of La Bayadere. The dancing was excellent, but the music by Ludwig Minkus was excruciating. I realize that it has a jump, a bounce, danceable adagio notes, but after three hours of listening to it my head was spinning. I went home intending to wash Minkus out of both my hair and brain by listening to every note that Shostakovich and Prokofiev ever wrote. If I want to hear music, let's not settle for anything less than best and, many times, the brilliant.