Lilac Fairy variation-Petipa or Lopukhov?
Posted 31 July 2006 - 01:58 PM
I do know that Marie Petipa did not dance a choregraphically difficult variation, but that this was later changed when it was danced by better equpped dancers - however, the doubt still falls on me as to whether these "better equipped dancers" belonged to Petipa's era, or to Lopukhov.
Does anyone know?
Posted 31 July 2006 - 02:46 PM
the short answer to your question is that the now 'standard' variation for lilac out of russia is said to the be the work of lopukhov.
doug has written at various points about the difference between this variation and the two others notated in the 1900 sergeyev records, one of which has marie petipa's name identified with it.
tim scholl's book on BEAUTY goes into this somewhat as well.
certainly there were more virtuoso dancers in petipa's era than marie mariusovna.
Posted 31 July 2006 - 04:51 PM
Here is an article by Doug Fullington on the Vikharev reconstruction which discusses the two variations notated in the Sergeyev collection.
Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:38 PM
I assume when you mention the "Kirov's version" in this paragraph you are referring to the Sergeyev production? If so, I see a few differences between what you describe and what I've always seen the Kirov do, the most noticeable ones being that the Kirov's Lilac (as far as I've seen) has no jetés in her variation and she begins in the upstage right corner, not upstage left.
Also, the combination you describe as being notated for Marie Petipa I have trouble visualizing starting in the upstage right corner, but it makes sense when starting upstage left.
Thank you for all the work I know you've put into this, and thanks to Marc Haegeman for making it available online.
Posted 31 July 2006 - 06:42 PM
Posted 31 July 2006 - 09:39 PM
the only chronology i can find for her career, in the st. james press INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF BALLET (bremser, ed.) lists 2 fairy variations in a 1902/05 period: Breadcrumb, comes in this listing before Candide. 1911 is said to have marked egorova's debut year as Aurora. i note no indication that the ballerina did lilac in russia. Florine is also given as a role of hers, tho' this role is given in a general endnote, and not placed in the dated chronological list, so i can't attach a date to this debut. (the RUSSIAN BALLET ENCYCLOPEDIA also gives no indication of lilac as a role of hers.)
i'm post two photocards i have of Lubov Nikolaevna Egorova: one as florine and one as a member of the ensemble in the act 1 valse villageoise.
Lubov Egorova is associated with the Lilac Fairy and this was mentioned in early posts re Marie Petipa and the Lilac Fairy variation. Ludmilla Schollar and Anatole Vilzak in their book ' A Ballerina Prepares' confirms Egorova's association with the Lopukhov variation and gives a version of it written out. There are one or perhaps two photographs of Egorova in the role in the original production published in several books. As it is 06.32 as I write I do not have the time to check other sources of information I am sure another poster will confirm this information.
Posted 01 August 2006 - 03:58 AM
here's what schollar says to introduce her breakdown for lilac's variation:
"choreography by feodor lopukhov, wo choreographed it for lyubov egorova, who danced it in the diaghilev production of 'the sleeping beauty' in london in 1921."
this date is footnoted to a ref. in clarke and crisp's BALLET, AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY as follows: 'the lilac fairy variation we know today derives from that composed by the famous leningrad choreographer feodor lopukhov (1886-1973) for the maryinsky ballerina liubov egorova in the early 1900s.'
it's interesting that this is not noted in the few russian sources i checked. tho' i have by no means checked such books exhaustively.
for all i know some book in my possession has an illustration of egorova in this role, but i don't know of any off hand.
Posted 01 August 2006 - 08:45 AM
So the refashioning of the role for a soft, lyrical classical ballerina isn't really that far from Petipa's early plans for the role. Anna Johansson later danced the equivalent role of the Fairy Godmother in his "Cinderella" ballet with Pierina Legnani, who took over as Aurora after Carlotta Brianza returned to Europe after the 1890 season.
Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:11 AM
Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:36 AM
and I'm so glad to see Elizavetha Gerdt on pointe shoes in that Lilac picture...
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