THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, February 27, 1969
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Last night Aztecs and old men captured the Hill
By MICHAEL JONES deliberately employing rinky- The finale, the "Guadala-
TheBtink music and displayed the jara," was a combination of
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2nd BIG WEEK
ico is great at one thing: it fills
a theatre. And last night it'
filled Hill Aud. with elaborate
headresses and costumes, a va-
riety of pulsating rhythms, pap-
er streamers, and an enthusias-
The credit for this goes to
Amalia Hernandez-the Ballet's
founder and director. Miss Her-
nandez consistently displayed a
superb sense of showmanship.
She often sacrificed dance tech-
nique for lavish production, es-
pecially in the first half. The
audience is given rope tricks,
allegorical dance-skits, and a
mass of dancers which seem
somewhat superficial but were
Although this was visually
pleasing, the second half bene-
fited by a decrease in "produc-
tion value" and an increase in
The "Dance of the Old Man,"
ers who looked remarkably like
withered peasants. And the
humorous tottering and falling
can only be executed by a group
6f their extraordinary'skill.
The "Wedding of the Isthmus
of Tehuantepec" was notable for
its beautiful chorus, marimba
music, and solemn movements.
Here was the most eloquent
pageantry of the night.
Jorge Tyller, in the only solo
number ("Deer Dance"), was,
for me, the highlight of the eve-
ning. This was, indeed, quite a
treat. For the now legendary
Tyller has danced this with the
Ballet from its inception, and of
the various men who do this dif-
ficult dance on tour, he is un-
questionably the best.
In this dance and in the dance
of the cock-fight, a suggestion
of animal movement is choreo-
graphed excellently. Delicate
prancing, and quivering mus-
cular power gave Tyller a de-
humanized yet energetic grace.
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lively music. The audience,
many of whom were obviously
previously acquainted with the
Ballet were completely im-
mersed in the festive mood.
The Ballet Folklorico, since I
first saw it in 1964, was become
more of a showcase of splendid
pageantry. This is not in itself
bad, but one hopes that this
trend is not overdone so that it
becomes too involved in, being
resplendant. The Ballet's orig-
inal intent was to form a group
of performing artists to display
Mexico's heritage of dancing,
This is what made it a success
originally, and this is what
makes it good today.
The Ballet Folklorico is a re-
markable group. The aficionados
it has gained are well-earned.
The small stage at times seemed
crowded, but the near-perfect
use of the theatre not designed
for dance presentations says
much for their ability an an
adaptable performing group.
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AN IMATION TRIP
By JIM PETERS
There is a long-established
musical group called the Stanley
Quartet; and when they are
good, they are very good. And
when they play badly, well
they're more disappointing than
anything else. Last night at the
Rackham Aud. a tired Stanley
Quartet was on stage. But since
each member is a fine musician,
.their troubles resulted more in
unsatisfying music than in any
The program began with W:
A. Mozart's Quartet in F Major,
K. 590. And from its first move-
ment the Quartet's lack of spirit
was obvious. I don't mean the
problems with intonation which
sprang up now and then, but
more the overall shakey sound
and lack of intensity which pre-
vailed during the first two
Things improved much in the
third menuetto-allegretto move-
ment. The warming-up time of
the previous sections brought
the group finally to its usual
quality. They at last seemed
involved in the music, evident
in their tight fine style.
But, then again, the finale's
chromatic fantasies lacked the
The University Calendar Com-
mittee will hold an open meeting
this afternoon for all those in-
terested in discussing possible
changes in the University calen-
The committee, an advisory
body to University President Rob-
ben W. Fleming, plans to consider
the advantages and disadvantages
of the semester, trimester, and
quarter systems. Two studies
which provide information con-
cerning the educational goals of
the University, the scholarship of
the faculty, and the students
themselves will be discussed in re-
lation to the calendarissue.
The meeting will be held at
4:00 p.m. in Rackham Ampi-
polished shine which I had felt
just minutes before.
Perhaps it was more this par-
ticular quartet rather than any
musicians' troubles that was at
fault, because the next offering
displayed all their famous sen-
sitivity and control.
A recent composition by a
member of the Music School
faculty, Berry's Quartet No. 3
(1966) revived the players as
well as the audience. After my
first and only hearing of the
work, I find that I don't really
like it, though there is some
strong stuff throughout its four
The third movement, marked
lento doloroso, seems to me to
be the best. Its tension is intense
at all times, and the occasional
pizzicato snaps strike me as
beautifully ironic comments on
the mood which aggravate the
situation more than relieve it.
The final movement is disap-
pointing; the three long chords
and short mutterings which end
the piece lead to nowhere and
hardly seem to be .a sufficient
The Stanley Quartet handled
the atonal sounds well. The
technical difficulties presented
few problems, and their enthus-
iasm, I'm sure, made Mr. Berry
who was on hand confident
that his quartet was in good
The late Quartet in F Major,
Opus 135 of Beethoven ended
up somewhere in the middle as
regards quality. The first twov
spritely movements flashed by
with all the expert ensemblei
and handling necessary. The
Quartet demonstrated fine dy-
namic control in the second
movement, but in the third
things seemed very tired again.
Their interpretation was over-
ly serious and hardly the "can-
tante e tranquillo" with which
the section is marked. Perhaps
this was part of the reason, but
there was some instrumental
sloppiness which was rather ob-
trusive at times.
The finale bounced back. The
whirring Beethoven allegro with
its perfectly placed moments of
meditation brought the applause
it deserved. So I suppose this
quartet was successful, and the
strange third-movement could
be overlooked as not that im-
portant. They always played
well, but I expect more than
that from the Stanley Quartet.
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