Tamara Karsavina in Salomé, 1913
THE SALOMÉ BALL
Saturday, November 16, 2013
The Algonquin Club of Boston
The Red Hook Ramblers are a hot jazz band coming straight out of Brooklyn! Since 2005, they have performed their genre-bending originals and classic jazz tunes at bars, clubs, speakeasies, film festivals, theaters, burlesque shows, swing dances, parades, radio stations, museums, universities, zoos, parks, libraries, European jazz festivals, NFL games, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. For the Salomé Ball, they will capture the swinging feel of the 1910s and 1920s, playing Dixieland favorites as well as their own compositions inspired by the era, and even some Russian émigré cabaret songs. Read more about the Ramblers HERE
Rebecca Rice is a Boston-area dance hero. She has choreographed extensively in Massachusetts, New York and elsewhere on the East Coast and spent twenty years at Boston Ballet, where she taught Modern Dance and created works for the BBII ensemble. For the Salomé Ball Rebecca Rice will create a piece set to a portion of the original music of La Tragédie de Salomé by Florent Schmitt, interpreting Salomé and its legacy for the twenty-first century. Read more about Rebecca Rice Dance HERE
John Spaulding King is a classical concert singer who has performed in the United States, Denmark, and Argentina. Mr. King was a Founding Trustee of the Cleveland Opera and also served on the Board of the Connecticut Grand Opera. He has performed in benefits for Opera Boston and also for the BRCP's Russian Revel in 2008, as well as for local arts festivals. Mr. King is a member of Screen Actors' Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. For the Salomé Ball Mr. King will perform several classic Russian romances as well as songs by European composers who collaborated with Sergey Diaghilev, such as you might have heard in Petersburg or Paris in the days of the Ballets Russes.
The Ballets Russes' production of La Tragédie de Salomé premiered in Paris in 1913. The music of the ballet, originally composed by Florent Schmitt in 1907 for a production in Paris featuring the American dancer Loie Fuller, and revised in 1910, had earned the admiration of Igor Stravinsky. Sergey Sudeykin designed the sets and costumes, the first time that Diaghilev turned to a Russian artist outside of the Mir Iskusstva circle that included Bakst, Benois, Golovin and Roerich. The choreography was by the young choreographer Boris Romanov, his only work for Diaghilev. Tamara Karsavina interpreted the lead role. Georges Barbier depicted her in the role for his print portfolio devoted to the dancer and published in 1914. That work serves as the basis for the 'save the date' image above.