Flames of Paris coming to Bolshoi in 2008!reconstruction of Vainonen 1933 orig.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 11:06 AM
See press announcements within the www.bolshoi.ru site.
Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:34 PM
Posted 04 July 2007 - 10:55 AM
Posted 04 July 2007 - 01:05 PM
Posted 04 July 2007 - 04:10 PM
Mr. Ratmansky, in contrasting the situation with that of Bright Stream, says he has available the original steps for Flames of Paris. In an interview last August for Dansomanie:
Is this going to be the 1933 choreography or a Lacotte-like "reconstruction" with the same plot and completely different choreography?
...The Flames of Paris, we will look back into the original steps. Actually, this ballet stayed in the repertoire until the early 70ís, and many of its dancers are still with us, coaching for example. They are not very old! So itís a real possibility.
Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:28 AM
Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:04 AM
Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:30 AM
I can't help wondering if this is being revived to showcase the astonishing talents of Natalia Osipova. She danced the famous pas de deux in Nottingham last year and was amazing. I'd put money on her being the first cast in this revival.
Absolutely, Mashinka, with Ivan Vasiliev in the Chabukiani role. I could also picture an Alexandrova/Tsiskaridze casting in those roles. And I seem to recall an interview a couple of years ago with the Bolshoi's top female character dancer, Yulianna Malkhasiants, stating that she wished that she could dance Anissimova's great role (Therese) before retiring.
Posted 09 July 2007 - 06:08 AM
There is on video somewhere a film of the actors' pd2 with Marina Kondratieva. The music is rather lovely.
Edit: Why do I recognise the music for the female variation?
Scherzo, the Versailles pdd danced by the actor-couple is part of the 2-CD compilation Stars of the Russian Ballet. The female solo may be familiar because it is often staged in ballet academies that teach Vaganova technique, e.g., it is an 'oldie goldie' at Washington, DC's Kirov Academy of Ballet concerts.
Posted 10 July 2007 - 06:11 AM
Posted 10 July 2007 - 09:30 AM
Who at this time would want to sit through 4 acts of a very banal chreography and music that qiute matched it in its banality.
The Bolshoi should wake up.It's 21 st century for crying out loud.George Balanchine happened, and many others, Boris Eifman in Russia for that matter.It's insane since the Soviet Union does not exist animore.Do they have to go back to this,have they not learned anything?
Posted 10 July 2007 - 10:17 AM
We haven't even seen this ballet except in very limited selections, and stills from whole performances. OK, it's agitprop, but what about "Les Miz"? Do we invalidate, sight unseen, just because a work is about Revolution? Judged that way 1776 is practically as politically and socially dangerous as the document it's about!
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