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Marc Haegeman

How do you like your great classics?

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This topic has been discussed here quite often in the past, but now is your chance to give your opinion about it in the new For Ballet Lovers Only poll: How do you like your great classics: authentic or updated? Or more specifically: How do you like the Mariinsky's reconstructions of Petipa's Sleeping Beauty (1890) and La Bayadère (1900) by S. Vikharev?

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Thank you for participating! :(

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I am pleased to have the privilege of being the first voter :(

I voted very much, but keep the previous versions in the repertoire because of the dubious accuracy of certain parts of the reproductions.

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I'd vote to keep the designs and the general mis-en-scene (and balance among processions, classical and character dancing, mime) and fix the inauthentic bits and stylistic anomalies. I'd nominate Doug Fullington to help out there :(

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The best option for my opinion was missing, so I voted that originals are "good to see once." I would have voted for "show updated but keep 'original' around for occasional viewing." I am not, however, in favor of updating by jettisoning all mime. Mime is the relief against which the dancing gains dimension. Too many updates seem unaware of that vital element.

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This poll has now been closed. Many thanks to all who participated! :thumbsup:

The majority of the voters (almost 37 %) enjoys the authentic versions but thinks that the updated versions should be kept in the repertory as well.

20 % likes the authentic versions even better than the updated ones, but also 20 % finds that they turn the classics into heavy handed museum pieces, while another 16 % finds them interesting to see once for historic reasons, but not really essential.

The results can be checked out on http://users.skynet.be/ballet-lovers/

A new poll about the value of pantomime in the great classics is now online.

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