Posted 28 January 2005 - 12:42 AM
Saw Royal Ballet - Le Spectre, Kirov - Les Noces, La Valse and Firebird last night (also a local dancer in a modern version of L'Apres Midi).
First time seeing Fokine version of Firebird and really loved it.
I'm wondering if the scenery and costumes for the Kirov are true to the original or re-done based on the original designs. I loved them but they look reimagined to me. No matter, it was a perfect fairy tale.
Posted 28 January 2005 - 02:27 AM
Personally I prefer the Goncharova designs used by the Royal Ballet, but both are beautiful.
Posted 28 January 2005 - 05:11 AM
Posted 28 January 2005 - 05:40 AM
this is true for both the staging as it was performed in the original golovine settings and in the later ones by goncharova.
Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:13 AM
rg, on Jan 28 2005, 01:40 PM, said:
This (and the fact that Pacific Northwest Ballet is doing Kent Stowell's version of the ballet next week) reminded me of something I'd love to see people discuss.
I've always felt that Firebird, in whatever manifestation, had a fundamental problem at the end of the ballet, finishing as it does with a fairly sedate processional and often a lenthy pose (like a photo opportunity). I love that part of the score, and I suppose I could just listen with my eyes shut (or think of it as a costume parade), but it's so non-kinetic, after such varied activity, that it just seems to wither away. I know that on one level it's the score that dictates this ending, but it just doesn't seem successful. Am I hallucinating, or does anyone else have the same feeling?
Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:21 AM
And glebb, congrats to the Joffrey!
Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:50 AM
When you talk about "non-kinetic", sandik, you really ought to see the new version of the Dutch National Ballet. I'm sure glebb will also share us his impressions about that one. Don't miss it glebb!
Posted 28 January 2005 - 04:47 PM
I don't know much about the Dutch NB production -- someone please do describe, or point us in the direction of some information!
Posted 29 January 2005 - 12:34 AM
sandik, on Jan 29 2005, 12:47 AM, said:
I reviewed it some weeks ago for Danceview Times, Sandik:
A tribute to Diaghilev...
Posted 29 January 2005 - 03:56 AM
And there's a reason why the introduction theme is quoted in the finale; the Firebird was supposed to reappear, bless the marriage, and then fly off to the sound of the "bell-ringing" effect in the brasses. Karsavina did this, but Flying by Foy hadn't been invented yet, and she hung up about some twenty feet up, twisting slowly, slowly in the wind, trying to make the best of a Bad Situation.
Both of these specialties didn't make it to the second performance of the ballet.
Posted 29 January 2005 - 06:20 AM
Posted 29 January 2005 - 02:38 PM
Marc Haegeman, on Jan 29 2005, 08:34 AM, said:
I missed this one (scampers off to read)
Posted 30 January 2005 - 02:16 PM
Some time ago btw I opened a topic for the Diaghilev Festival here:
Posted 31 January 2005 - 12:48 AM
Herman Stevens, on Jan 30 2005, 04:16 PM, said:
I agree with you Herman Stevens. Les Noces was sadly under rehearsed.
There were many things in La Valse and Firebird that I would have worked on as well, but having never seen the Fokine version (and I agree that it must not have been 100 per cent Fokine - I doubt Tata wore silver nail polish too), it was still so good for me to see.
PS I'm sorry I missed meeting you!
Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:13 AM
I remember being 'wowed' by these decors when I witnessed the May 1994 premiere of the revival in St-P. Since then, I have grown to know and love the ca-1920 Nathalie Goncharova-designed version...especially the majesty of the final tableau. Maybe viewing this week's performances at the Kennedy Center will sway me 'Back to Bakst'?
Of course, the greatest fun will come in comparing both Fokine bersions (Bakst & Goncharova designs) to the yet-to-be-premiered Ratmansky edition, later this spring.
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