Yulia Makhalina and Isabel Guerin
Posted 04 May 1999 - 03:59 PM
Posted 04 May 1999 - 05:55 PM
But Makhalina is on a video of the Kirov's "Swan Lake," I think, the Vinogradov production. I will refrain from commenting on that production, since you only asked about the dancer!
I liked Makhalina very, very much when I first saw her about ten years ago -- Giselle, Lilac Fairy, and Medora in Corsaire. She was all young and fresh and dewy and adorable; wobbly turns, but I didn't care. I liked her less later on. I saw a Tchaikovsky pas de deux that was positively lewd. I offer that comment only to say that if she's hiding on one of those wonderful More Great Nights at the Kirov videos, I hope you see it.
Posted 04 May 1999 - 07:13 PM
Well, I will look for the video you mentioned and ignore the other dancers !
Posted 04 May 1999 - 09:15 PM
Posted 04 May 1999 - 11:47 PM
Isabelle Guerin dances Terpsichore in Balanchine's "Apollo" on the Balanchine Celebration Part I video.
Posted 05 May 1999 - 08:45 AM
Here are a couple more on Makhalina. She performs the title role in PAQUITA in the video titled "Mariinsky Ballet." Not sure if still available...my copy is on the now-defunct Home Vision label. Makhalina can also be seen dancing the Medora Variation in the LE CORSAIRE "Jardin Anime" as part of the Kultur-label's video titled "Kirov Ballet in London."
If you have friends with Russian connections, you should ask about my favorite Makhalina video -- a docudrama on the life of Mathilde Kchessinskaya, in which Makhalina plays the title character & dances many MK gems, such as ESMERALDA pdd. Forget that MK was half the height of JM...it's still a wonderful show. - Jeannie
Posted 05 May 1999 - 11:51 AM
I loved the sets and costumes of that production (really gorgeous), and liked Zelensky, but I'm afraid I found Makhalina a bit too cold...
About Isabelle Guerin, the videos I've seen are:
-the Bayadere video Jeannie wrote about (with also Hilaire as Solor and Platel as Gamzatti)
-the Balanchine celebration "Apollo" Steve wrote about (pity that that Apollo isn't as good as his Terpsichore in my opinion... )
-a video of Nureyev's "Cinderella" in which she plays one of the ugly sisters (not a big role, and I don't like much Nureyev's choreography, but it's an opportunity to see that she's as good in comical roles
as in more serious ones)- the other main roles are danced by Sylvie Guillem (Cinderella), Charles Jude (the Prince- really really cute ), Monique Loudieres (the other evil sister), Nureyev himself (the producer), and Georges Piletta (the mother, in travesti)
-a video of Petit's "Notre-Dame de Paris" in which she dances Esmeralda (Legris is Phoebus, Hilaire is Frollo and Le Riche is Quasimodo)
I think that she's been filmed recently in Preljocaj's "Le Parc", but don't know if a video will be released or if it will just be shown on TV. Last year, her and Legris were filmed in Petit's "L'Arlesienne" for the French TV (and I missed it ).
Posted 05 May 1999 - 12:02 PM
Hopefully they'll release the performance of Guérin and Legris in "L'Arlésienne" (also by Petit), recently shown on French TV, on video as well.
As for Yulia Makhalina, yes that Kchessinskaya film is a indeed wonderful document, but if we start with those Russian-TV productions the list will be endless and these films are not commercially available anyway (and never will be).
The video of "Swan Lake" with Makhalina and Zelensky shows the traditional Sergeyev version, not Vinogradov's.
Posted 05 May 1999 - 12:04 PM
Posted 05 May 1999 - 01:03 PM
It was part of a Staats/ Petit/ Massine program (with "Soir de fete" and "La symphonie fantastique"),
the three ballets were shown on TV, but I haven't heard about any plans to release a tape.
Perhaps it will be the same as for Nijinska's "Le train bleu" and Massine's "Le Tricorne" (filmed at the Paris Opera,
but never available on tape).
And also, I find it's a pity there's no available videos of the POB
in "La Sylphide", "Giselle" or "The Sleeping Beauty" (especially with dancers such as Platel, Guerin or Loudieres).
Posted 05 May 1999 - 01:20 PM
Posted 07 May 1999 - 09:50 PM
Posted 07 May 1999 - 10:49 PM
Posted 09 May 1999 - 09:56 AM
Otherwise it's essential watching, Savoye: it's complete, and it features Terekhova as Kitri, Ruzimatov as Basilio, Asylmuratova as Street Dancer, Makhalina as Queen of the Dryads, Chistyakova for the 4th Act variation. They sure don't make casts like this anymore...
It shows an extremely young Yulia Makhalina (before her "physical transformation") in one of her first solo roles. She told me once she did the part almost without any rehearsal time, covering for another dancer who fell ill or got injured. Hope you like her feet, Savoye.
Posted 09 May 1999 - 04:10 PM
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