Reviews of Mariinsky Festival VII 4-12 to 4-22-07
Posted 23 April 2007 - 02:39 AM
Posted 03 May 2007 - 02:09 PM
i came across that site not long ago, and have been enjoying viewing the pictures she posted.
The most recent posts of hers are of the Mariinsky Festival. Enjoy (sorry that the site is in Russian, but it seems there are russian readers here too).
Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:32 AM
Posted 21 May 2007 - 04:14 PM
Her dancing could very well be a reflection of this.
Posted 21 May 2007 - 04:46 PM
Having attended most of the Mariinsky Festival performances as well as observing the dancers at the gala party (I once again bought a ticket to get in) I would like to emphasize 'My Strong Feeling' that the wonderful performances that I saw were as much 'A Matter Of The Heart' as an 'Exceptional Ability To Perform Technical Wonders'.
Posted 02 June 2007 - 12:27 PM
The problem may be the Riccardo Drigo score, which is for me the likely reason the ballet received early retirement.
Petipa didn't seem (to me) inspired or challenged by the music, relying heavily on pose sauté arabesque and endless series of ballones to fill both soloist and corps dances.
For me it's music made by the yard for court spectacles.
The Drigo score was lovely, I thought - perfect for ballet, and is anything but "yard music" - Drigo simply did not compose in this way. People tend to forget that he was not a specialist, and that he composed in the manner that was in vogue. From what Ive studied on Petipa, it is that he preferred music of that sort over symphonic complexity. Drigo's music is, however, not nearly as simple as Minkus' music was.
The style of the period, as far as choreography goes, was far different from today - I dont think the music was to blame for the choregraphy, at all.
Early retirement? They are not performing "Le Reveil de Flore" anymore?
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