Posted 03 January 2005 - 06:59 AM
I understand that Nureyev effected some changes, and I am particularly interested to learn how effective these changes are, and if he had changed the Sugar Plum pdd and variations.
Thanks so much
Posted 03 January 2005 - 02:15 PM
Posted 03 January 2005 - 02:24 PM
I believe, too, that the divertissements are different from the Vainonen. Nureyev did use the Vainonen waltz of the snowflakes, I think, or something very close to it. The idea of having a "psychological" Nutcracker is Vainonen, as far as I know; I don't think there are earlier versions. But I believe that in Nureyev's for the Royal, the family members and party guests dance the diverts, and that, for good or ill, that was his invention.
I'd second what Canbelto said about Park. I'm not a fan, in theory, of ballerinas-playing-children, so I think any ballerina looks too old!
This version does show off the Royal Ballet at that time, though.
Nureyev's Nutcracker is also available danced by POB with (again, from memory) Hilaire and Elisabeth Maurin, both quite young, in the leads. And I think the corps is just gorgeous in the waltz of the Snowflakes!
Edited by Alexandra, 03 January 2005 - 02:54 PM.
Posted 03 January 2005 - 02:54 PM
Clara is Elisabeth Maurin and Laurent Hilaire is the prince. Elisabeth Maurin was named an Etoile during the filming. She's a wonderful Clara and the corps de ballet is just gorgeous to my mind. Although it was filmed in 1987, it still looks great !
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