New 'Le Corsaire' at Bolshoipremieres June 21, 2007
Posted 13 June 2007 - 08:49 AM
According to the Bolshoi website (bolshoi.ru), this will be a very traditional production, based on the Harvard notes, restoring the original score and reviving the late-1890s costumes from the Mariinsky. Sounds promising! A bit of information directly from the Bolshoi web:
Will be premiered on June 21, 2007.
Presented with two intervals.
Use is made in the production of music by Leo Delibes, Cesare Pugni, Pyotr von Oldenburg, Riccardo Drigo, Albert Zabel, Julius Gerber.
Music dramaturgy conception – Yuri Burlaka
Score restored by Alexander Troitsky
The original score by Adolphe Adam/Leo Delibes for Le Corsaire has been made available by L'Opera national de Paris from the archives of La Bibliotheque nationale de France
The choreographic notation has been made available by the Harvard University Theatre Collection
Evgeny Ponomaryov's costume sketches (1899) used in the production have been made available by the St. Petersburg State Theatre Library
I'll be in London in August & hope to report what I see at that time. In the meantime, I hope that some of our Moscow-based members will be able to report on next week's premiere performances.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 01:20 PM
Posted 13 June 2007 - 02:15 PM
Please report back if you do see it - inquiring minds want to know.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 05:43 PM
Keep an eye open for final London castings on the site of the impressarios for that tour, the Hochhausers:
The above link goes to a lovely photo of Zakharova & Matvienko wearing some of those ca-1899 costumes. Just to whet everyone's appetites.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:32 AM
Edited to correct: Sorry, rq, you're quite right. I mean Medora, of course. It's just one of those things that I always get the wrong way round...
Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:55 AM
Posted 15 June 2007 - 10:24 AM
According to this source, (Dansomanie), the Itar-Tass press interview/viewing of a rehearsal of Ratmansky's Le Corsaire revealed that Stepanenko and Antonicheva are also rehearsing Medora and Uvarov and Filin Conrad.
Maybe somebody with better French than mine can help here.
You can see some of the photos taken at the press viewing
Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:38 PM
I just make the supposition (between brackets) that the dancers mentioned could be Medora and Conrad.
Posted 17 June 2007 - 03:56 AM
Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:09 AM
We can glean a lot of interesting info from this, such as the fact that the role of Ali is gone, as it was not in the Petipa version of the ballet. Instead, the young-whiz male dancers, such as Ivan Vasiliev, will be dancing the 'Pas d'Esclave' pdd...but not as the character Lankedem and not with the character of Gulnara. They will simply be a pair of young bravura-dancing slaves.
Also interesting to note that -- unlike the recent Munich production -- this Jardin Anime will include two female soloists in addition to Medora & Gulnare. Also, this version will include a major Petipa set-piece not seen anywhere in ages (since Petipa perhaps?): the Grand Pas d'Eventailes - "Grand Pas of the Fans" for Medora and six female friends.
Odalisques Pas de Trois remains, to be danced at each performance by Stebletsova, Nikulina & Leonova ,as per the Bolshoi site.
Now I can hardly wait to see all of this.
Edited to add translation of 'Pas d'Eventailes'
Posted 19 June 2007 - 11:50 AM
(PS: This being Wikipedia, I don't know whether this article has been plagiarised - if it has been recognisably 'borrowed', then please remove the link! Of course, inaccuracy is another matter... )
Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:55 PM
This Bolshoi edition may turn out to be far more loyal to 'Imperial Petipa' times than the much-touted Munich version earlier this year, although we can be eternally grateful to the Munich stagers for having at least presented a complete Jardin Anime scene and Medora 'Petit Corsaire' variation, from what I've read on this board and elsewhere.
In this fabulous year of Petipa-era reconstructions (the two Corsaires -- Munich & Moscow -- and 'Flora's Awakening' in St. Petersburg) it is a crying shame that ABT couldn't muster-up a 'Sleeping Beauty' that was equally loyal to Petipa and in the spirit of Imperial Russia.
Posted 19 June 2007 - 01:33 PM
Posted 20 June 2007 - 01:03 AM
The version of Corsaire that the Bolshoi used to dance in the early '90's had Lankedem as a strictly non-dancing role, the 'pas d'esclave', danced by Filin the night I went, wasn't performed by named characters. There was no Ali, simply a character called 'Rab' - slave. This role was dance by Alexander Vetrov and his was a single appearance to perform the pas de trois with Conrad and Medora. I have always assumed this version was far closer to the original than Vinogradov’s for the Kirov.
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