Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:27 AM
to fill out the questions posed by this SF flyer and by the fact that martin's rev. doesn't really give many details, i've unearthed a few more clues.
reproduced in YA BALERINA, a 1964 soviet book authored by vecheslova, there is an illustration of the flyer prepared for the NYC debut performance and which uses the same photo as the SF version.
its copy differs from the SF version and goes as follows:
FRI. EVE. AT 8:30 JAN 12TH
AMERICAN DEBUT OF THE FIRST
GRANTED PERMISSION BY THE U.S.S.R. FOR AMERICAN TOUR
DIRECT FROM MARINSKY THEATRE, LENINGRAD
IN NEW DANCES
'CORSAIR' 'HUMBACKED HORSE'
'FLAMES OF PARIS' AND OTHER
$1.0, $1.65, $2.20, $2.75
(1000 SEATS AT $1.10)
NOW ON SALE AT
CARNEGIE HALL BOX OFFICE
[lower down after the management and address information the flyer reads: SECOND PERFORMANCE, CARNEGIE HALL SAT. EVE. JAN. 20TH]
furhtermore, the NYPL dance coll. cat. has the following notation under a CORSAIR heading:
Corsair (Choreographic work : Chabukiani). Cachucha.
Original title: Korsar kachucha. Chor: Vakhtang Chabukiani; mus: Isaak Dunayevsky. First perf: Leningrad, Kirov Ballet School, ca1928, Vakhtang Chabukiani and Elena Chikvaidze.//First New York perf: Carnegie Hall, Jan 12, 1934, Tatiana Vecheslova and Vakhtang Chabukiani. Performed under title: Kacuca.
this is somewhat confusing, given the CACHUCHA connection, esp. as the vecheslova book reproduces a photo of chabukiani and the ballerina showing the former bare chested and dressed, somewhat like a harlequin, in polka-dot printed tights, with white ruffed collar and cuffs, with vecheslova costumed in a little conical hat and a columbine-like tutu. the caption notes that this photo w/ vecheslova posed as if seated jauntily on chabukiani's hip shows the couple (undated) in KACHUCHA.
thus it would seem impossible to connect this CACHUCHA to CORSAIR.
perhaps the tour program included both CORSAIR and KACHUCA - and somehow the two separate numbers got mistaken put together for this entry. i know of any number of composers connected to CORSAIR but never dunayevsky.
as to the number depicted on the flyer's photo, knowing nothing of the repertory, i might have guessed 'diana and akteon' but that number was not put into ESMERALDA by vaganova until a year later. so
perhaps this photo shows what these dancers wore at the time performing chabukiani's CORSAIR.