Thalictum, on Feb 17 2005, 05:10 AM, said:
The production was originally supposed to star Makarova and Vikulov, but reportedly they could not come to $ terms. Evteyeva was indeed much too young to do this, and Osipenko was Markovsky's near-exclusive partner already, but she was too much of an apostate in Soviet society to be featured in something so prominent. I'm sure ten years later Evteyeva would have been much more distinctive. She certainly is outstanding in the Pas de Quatre live from the Kirov.
According to Makarova's A Dance Autobiography, it wasn't money but concept.
She felt the director was a non-entity with no taste.
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"He(director) undertook to teach me(Makarova) how to dance Odile. ""Dance as if you wanted to seduce me"" At this point I (Makarova) lost patience.""I haven't the least desire to do that to you"" I said , and walked off the set"
She makes other comments on other aspects of the director's concept that she found.....ah....lacking
This is a bit of a coincidence, I was just reading this passage last night, I just got the book a week or so ago.