Kirov's La Bayadere
Posted 02 June 2004 - 05:46 AM
Posted 02 June 2004 - 08:02 AM
Posted 02 June 2004 - 08:18 AM
barring unforeseen releases of the latest new/old vikharev mayrinsky 'bayadere' i'd still be choosing this particular video/record to help detail so 'key' a 19th c. ballet.
of particular interest to me is the fact that the kirov production, for all its soviet changes, still takes place on the same stage that petipa trod when revamping his 1877 work for the last time in 1900.
Posted 02 June 2004 - 01:11 PM
If you can find it, get a hold of this tape! Buy it, borrow it - I don't care how you do it, you must see this live performance. It was a personal best for Komleva and Terekova. Its one of my treasured possessions. Komleva is simply outstanding. Terekova is 25 years old and already a ballerina's ballerina. For me the highlights are the quarrel between Gamzatti and Nikiya at the end of Act 1. How can I describe it? It was like the catfight between Krystle and Alexis in the old "Dynasty" show, or like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis fighting over the Best Actress Oscar for "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte." Great theatre! Great acting!
I'm thinking about purchasing a video of the Kirov's 1977 production of La Bayadere starring Gabriella Komleva. Any opinions?
In Act 2 Terekova is a bloodthirsty Gamzatti. She held nothing back using all the ammo in her technical arsenal. Her variation devoured the Kirov stage.
Her elevation was unbelievable. The audience began clapping before she finished the dance. After the betrothal pdd and her killer fouttees - (unfailingly sur place), the show came to a complete stop. When she finished taking her bows and motioned to the maestro to continue, the audience gave Komleva an entrance ovation before she began her lament/basket dance. It was like they were tag teaming each other. That audience knew they were seeing two great ballerinas at the top of their game, and they gave both of them the praise they deserved. In each Act - especially Act 3, the 1977 Kirov corps was out of this world! Definitely NOT the corps dancing today - even though they are still the best. I could never tell, even after many viewings, but the first Shade in looks alot like Altynai (??) but its probably not her. (She was in the class of '78). Do you think back then they would've given a graduating student that honor? I don't know. :shrug: ?) Hope this helps!
Posted 02 June 2004 - 01:59 PM
I could not have described it better, you are completely right. :yes:
I borrowed the video from school last week and it is a breathtaking production! Terekhova (one of my personal favorite ) is out of this world! Komleva, the cdb, the Golden Idol...
To Makarova Fan: Do ANYTHING to get that video, it is absolutely worth it!
Posted 02 June 2004 - 04:19 PM
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Posted 03 June 2004 - 11:42 AM
RG its interesting to note that Kovaleva was D. Vishneva's teacher, and Iskanderova was D. Pavlenko's. Talk about continuity and tradition.
the solo 'shadows' in the 'kingdom of the shades' on the 1977 taping were identified me by irina kolpakova when i was working on my bayadere chapter: in order they were named as follows: ludmilla lopukhova, olga iskanderova & ludmila kovaleva.
Posted 03 June 2004 - 05:00 PM
I just looked on the website...Iskanderova prior to Yevteyeva! Thank you!
Edited by vrsfanatic, 03 June 2004 - 05:55 PM.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 08:46 AM
I don't think I've ever seen more sublime corps dancing than in Act 3.
My only criticism of the performance is Solor. Komleva and Terekova deserved a higher quality Solor.
Thanks to everyone who urged me to buy this Bayadere. I'll treasure it for a long time to come.
Posted 08 June 2004 - 09:39 AM
Posted 08 June 2004 - 09:53 AM
Your remark about Soloviev is exactly what I was thinking. Were there any strong male dancers at the Kirov when this was filmed?
Posted 08 June 2004 - 10:50 AM
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