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#1 Fraildove

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:12 PM

I am looking for another version of paquita on video. I have the ABT one at the met, but it is not a complete version. Do any exist. I keep hearing about the Makhalina/ Zaglensky but is that only the PDD or does it it include everything? (6 solos and pas de trois?) Thanks!

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#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:26 PM

What you're looking for is the compilation called "Kirov Classics". Order a copy via the Amazon.com banner at the top of the page.

#3 Fraildove

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 08:41 PM

Thanks! just placed an order via Amazon. What would I do without this board?! :)

#4 Mashinka

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 02:43 AM

If you have a DVD player you may be interested to know that a DVD of Pierre Lacotte's full length version of Paquita with the Paris Opera Ballet became available here in Britain this month and can be ordered through Amazon UK. http://www.amazon.co...4811320-6526220

I've seen this production in Paris and must warn that the last act and Grand Pas does not include the solos or the pas de trois (which is danced earlier in the ballet). The leading dancers are Letestu and Martinez, but it is Emmanuel Thibault in the pas de trois that you should be looking out for. Watch him and be amazed.

#5 Mel Johnson

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 04:19 AM

The so-called "grand pas" known as "Paquita" is actually cobbled together from variations from every "musique dansant" ballet around. There are variations from Don Quixote, The Little Hump-Backed Horse, Naïla, and other works just tipped in to the score.

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 05:54 AM

I quote Mr Johnson:

The Little Hump-Backed Horse, Naïla,


Could you please tell me which variation is from Hump-Backed Horse and which from Naila? (I own both the Kirov version with Makhalina and the ABT with Gregory, if you want to make reference to the dances there)

Just curious

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#7 Mel Johnson

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 07:06 AM

The first variation after the pas de trois is the Naïla and it is followed by the Hump-Backed Horse variation.

#8 Herman Stevens

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 03:22 AM

I'm curious about that complete Paquita, too. However, this week we watched the ABT and the Kirov dvd's and I have to say the Kirov is a disappointment.

I'm wondering under what kind of circumstances this Kirov performance was taped - there is no applause, but that doesn't have to mean there is no audience, even if it consists of company people etc - but to me it looks like a resoundingly lacklustre show, which in a frothy piece like this is lethal. And the brown on brown set is terrible. It's like you're visiting a woodworm's home.
And those dull costumes!

The ABT is arguably technically not as perfect if you focus on the corps, but at least it's got pizazz in spades.

Of course the Kirov Classics DVD is a must-have anyway for the spellbinding Les Sylphides with Asylmuratova et al - and lovely playing by the orchestra. (Though the ABT's Sylphides with an amazing Baryshnikov Poet is equally required.)

#9 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 05:21 AM

These Kirov performances were taped in the studio/theatre, with no audience, just as most of the other Kirov videos from that period (Coppelia, Swan Lake, Stone Flower, Corsaire, Don Quixote,...). In some cases applause was added for the atmosphere.

#10 Herman Stevens

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 05:53 AM

I see. Funny the lack of audience chemistry doesn't seem to impact the Sylphides performance at all (Asylmuratova even throws in "a glance at the audience" in the pdd that is not orthodox Fokine, while the Paquita really suffers.

And I really was totally willing to like it, with Yulia Makhalina etc.

Or do you have completely different feelings about these two performances?

#11 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 09:12 AM

Suffer or not, there is no choice anyway. That's all there is from the Kirov - studio, fake live, live, whatever.

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Posted 14 August 2004 - 02:32 PM

I like the one with Zelensky and Makhalina a great deal--I don't think it's dull at all. Isn't that the one with Lezhnina in the pas de trois? (Forgive me if I'm wrong, I haven't watched it in a while and--true to form--lent it to a dancer who has yet to return it. :blushing: ) Mine came out on VHS some time ago, called The Maryinsky Ballet, and also has some Markitenka on it, etc. I think Zelensky looks splendid. This is the only commercial recording with the pas de trois and variations, I believe.

There's Assylmuratova doing the ballerina variation on Backstage at the Kirov, (unless I am fuddled), and she completely nails it. Others are around, of course (incl. the nice Chenchikova/Vaziev at Covent Garden) but I still think the older one is the best.

#13 Herman Stevens

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Posted 15 August 2004 - 12:02 PM

I like the one with Zelensky and Makhalina a great deal--I don't think it's dull at all.  Isn't that the one with Lezhnina in the pas de trois? [...] I think Zelensky looks splendid.  This is the only commercial recording with the pas de trois and variations, I believe.

Yes, the Kirov Classics dvd we were talking about is the one with Zelensky, Makhalina and Lezhnina. I'm glad you like it.

I had another peek this afternoon. The dancing is generally excellent, again, my problem is just that massive fourth wall. A virtuoso piece like Paquita needs some of that frivolous showiness a hall with hungry people will get. I really miss that.

The ABT is technically not as perfect, but it does have that audience chemistry. And, sorry, but if the Kirov is a studio recording, for all we know they may have been doing double takes so as to get that level of perfection...

BTW the funny thing is you can have both the Kirov and the ABT and have very little overlap, apart from the beginning, end and the pas de deux, due to the fact the Paquita grand pdd is just a make-your-own sandwich kinda ballet. The Kirov has the pas de trois and Lezhnina's variation. The ABT on the other hand has a wonderful variation with harp - flutes music with great open turning sissonnes by Susan Jaffe, one of the most attractive American dancers in my book.

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Posted 15 August 2004 - 12:29 PM

There's Assylmuratova doing the ballerina variation on Backstage at the Kirov, (unless I am fuddled), and she completely nails it.

It is actually in "The Leningrad Legend" narrated by Makarova.
:) I admit to be guilty of watching Assylmuratova in this tape almost every day...
She is indeed absolutely pure in this excerpt.

#15 silvy

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Posted 16 August 2004 - 10:24 AM

Regarding the Kirov's video / DVD version of Paquita with Makhalina and Zelensky, I believe it is a treasure indeed. There is an incredible whole bunch of talented Kirov dancers there, besides Makhalina and Zelensky: there is Irina Zhelonkina (1st variaiton), the splendid Lubov Kunakova (2nd variation, a slow one), sharp and technically exact Veronika Ivanova in 3rd variation (the one that is danced to the same music and with similar steps as Cupid in Don Q dream act), the pas de trois in which Yelena Pankova shines (the other 2 dancers are also excellent, but their names now escape me, as I am writing all this off my memory), then incredibly light and delicate Larissa Lezhnina in the "pretty arms" variation (the one with the pas de cheval at the end), outstanding Alexandra Koltun dancing the variation that begins with the jetes in the diagonal (what wonderful jetes throughout), and finally the principal couple. Makhalina dances an inspiring "harp" solo.

I think it is a highly recommendable tape - and I also like the decor and the costumes. Anyway, it is just my own personal opinion.

Silvy


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