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#16 pherank


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Posted 07 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

Time to resurrect Firebird thanks to the current Diaghilev-Fokine triple bill at the Kennedy Center (January 2012)! It's been a while since we discussed various versions here, in the context of seeing the current Kirov-Mariinsky version, which dates to 1994, when the choreographer's grand-daughter, Isabel, and Andris Liepa, staged this and Scheherazade on the company, reviving the original stage settings (somewhat abridged).

I mentioned this elsewhere, but I do find Nina Ananiashvili's Firebird interpretation from the Liepa staging to be the best I've come across. In fact, all the Mariinsky soloists have taken to mimicking her performance in the latest productions of The Firebird. Kondaurova is closest in feel, but she's not the actor that Ananiashvili was.

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 11:27 AM

The comments about the Balanchine Firebird made me look to see if we'd discussed different versions of the ballet in the past, so I'm bringing back this thread.


In the recent past several of the participants here had plenty to say about the Ratmansky version, but it seemed to get caught up in other aspect of ABT threads -- can we take a census of current productions?  Who is still doing the Firebird (or perhaps I should say "a Firebird" since we've had several different ballets created with that score), and what are their strengths and weaknesses?

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