Happy 4th of July!

Agnes de Mille Meme
Created with Wikimedia Commons Public domain image “Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California” (1865) by Albert Bierstadt. Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama.


Here’s a clip of American Ballet Theatre performing the last part of American choreographer Agnes de Mille’s American-themed Rodeo (1942). 

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this work performed live by Alabama Ballet. (Here’s my review.) Unfortunately, I don’t think her work translates that well onto film for some reason. More so than the works of other choreographers, it loses a vitality and dramatic charge. So, if you get a chance to see Rodeo live, go!

That said, I am still glad, of course, that there is footage of her ballets available! ABT gives a spirited performance here in this pared-down excerpt on a small stage without scenery or orchestra:




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