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"The Sacred Stage"


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#1 Cygnet

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 10:55 AM

This past Saturday, I saw an excellent documentary in an independent movie hall on the Maryinsky Theatre, called "The Sacred Stage." Hopefully, it will be released on DVD. It's directed by Joshua Waltezky and the exec. producer is Lisa Kirk Colburn. Dance critic and scholar Elizabeth Kendall gives a very informative segment on the history of the ballet company, and Russian ballet history in general. Two very young female corps members give an impromptu interview as well. Maestro Gergiev and Placido Domingo discuss the history and current activities of the opera company. Also there are beautiful shots of St. Pete.

Highlights include:

- A rare, valuable and live segment of Zhanna Ayupova's Act 1 Aurora in the reconstructed "Beauty." She was absolutely perfect! (Too bad she isn't dancing right now. The company's current crop of 'would be ballerinas' could really benefit from her example)!

-A live studio segment with Makhalina and her coach Moiseyeva, rehearsing Odile's fouettes and Raymonda's clapping variation. An extended interview with Makhalina at home, and walking through the streets of St. Pete. (So, if anyone wants to know what Yulia's been up to, she's (also) a coach now, and is shown prepping Tkachenko for "Scheherazade").

-Scenes from the current controversial production of "Boris Godunov," interviews with the opera's designer Georgi Tsypin, and the outstanding 30 year old bass sensation, Yevgeny Nikitin in performance and in offstage interviews.

The documentary was filmed reality t.v. style. The best thing is that the Maestro
doesn't monopolize the film, and that could've happened easily. Hopefully it will be released in more cities. For more info, go to www.firstrunfeatures.com indi film website and click on "Sacred Stage" on the left side at the top.

#2 carbro

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:11 PM

Wow! Thanks so much for this, Cygnet! Ayupova is my favorite among her generation of Kirov ballerinas. I hope, I hope, I hope a dvd of this becomes available in the US. :shake:

#3 Helene

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 04:29 PM

I second that hope, and to get a dose of opera as well: Nikitin was outstanding in The Demon, which the Mariinsky brought to the Met on the last tour.

#4 Natalia

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 06:14 AM

The entire film, 'Sacred Stage,' can be seen on the Kennedy Center's website. Find the Millenium Stage subsite & look at the list of programs available for downloading and viewing.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/

Then for the Millenium Stage archived programs (search engine for past programs):

http://www.kennedy-c...ive.html#search

Enjoy!

#5 Ginny Kanter

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 11:50 AM

The entire film, 'Sacred Stage,' can be seen on the Kennedy Center's website. Find the Millenium Stage subsite & look at the list of programs available for downloading and viewing.


What a wonderful film! Natalia, thank you so much for the link.

#6 art076

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 10:59 AM

FYI, according to this article in the LA Times, the bonus materials on the DVD of Sacred Stage include "a nearly complete performance of the [The Sleeping Beauty's] lyrical Vision Scene" with Ayupova and company in the reconstruction staging.


http://www.calendarl...y?coll=cl-stage
The article also reviews the Zakharova/Bolle La Scalla Swan Lake DVD plus a few others.

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:46 PM

Thanks for the info, art076. The dvd is available now from Amazon (above, support Ballet Talk!)
http://www.amazon.co...2-6127005?n=130

#8 carbro

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 10:40 PM

Thanks for trying to be helpful, drb, by posting a direct link. However, BalletTalk gets no credit through your link. I think the only way for us to earn our pennies is by entering through the banner atop the page.

I am not going to disable the link, because some people may have trouble finding the item otherwise, but I would request anyone who feels confident in their internet skills to take the long route and search for "Sacred Stage" under videos.

Thanks!

#9 art076

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 11:21 PM

So, I've just received this on my Netflix ( :jawdrop: ), and the ballet excerpts are wonderful. In the Special features, we get the Act II Vision scene, from Aurora's entrance through the end of her variation. Zhanna Ayupova is thrilling through the whole thing: light, graceful, musical. And what also stuns is the Kirov corps, who gets to shine a bit too. It's an unforced, lush style that is uniform throughout the entire company without a hint of effort on their faces. Here it's on display to grand effect.

What's interesting about this clip is that it is from the reconstruction production - so Aurora's variation isn't the one we'd normally associate with it, but the "Gold" variation music from act 3, with choreography that the Lilac Fairy usually dances in the Sergeyev production.

Within the film itself (which we already saw in the theatrical version), we get to see Ayupova dancing her entrance in Act I (it cuts off just before the Rose Adagio, unfortunately), and then we get to see the coda through the pricking of Aurora's finger and the end of Act I.

So, lots of great bits throughout. Makes one wish for the entire performance, but still this is very nice to have.

#10 rg

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 06:21 AM

interesting report on these BEAUTY excerpts in the film.
can you say who dances Desire opposite Ayupova? i know Korsakov made his debut in this role opp. Ayupova but that doesn't mean this the perf. filmed here.
thanks for any further info.

#11 art076

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 10:52 AM

Desire is Anton Korsakov - though you can barely see him beneath the enormous wig/costume treatment. I didn't mention him only because you don't get to see him do very much..

#12 Helene

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 11:00 PM

Although the Vision Scene suffers a little because Korsakov or the Lilac Fairy are sometimes in front of Ayupova and also the camera work gets a little artsy, it is a great excerpt and no one talks during it :)


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