Posted 28 August 2007 - 07:04 PM
to address the point of the ramps, the multiple, zig-zag arrangements with the shades descending from 'a rocky place' dates from the ballet's 19th century stagings, so, like it or not, the bolshoi's production would seem to be honoring the scheme of Petipa's plans. just because this british writer prefers what england knows of the royal ballet's nureyev staging doesn't make that version more 'authentic' or whatever.
i was surprised when i first note the kirov's more brisk, fevered pace for the entrance, having been brought up on the royal's more measured tread. but it - the kirov's version - had a theatricality all its own that won me over.
re: previous stagings of the 'kingdom of the shades' in the west, there seems to have a been a few precursors to the full full-fledged staging mounted by nureyev.
spesivtseva danced one, with serge peretti, in a seemingly much reduced staging, for a gala in paris in the mid-1920s.
n.sergeyev toured something called 'the rajah's dream' which may or may not have included the now famous 'shades' scene'.
most recently, i notedin a 1911 british theater publication, a sense of gorsky's THE DANCE DREAM (sometimes called THE DREAM DANCE) which included the music of minkus and had a scene looking, in the fewl photo illustrations i've seen, very much like the rajah's palace of LA BAYADERE and which may or may not have gone into the shades's scene as the 'dream' scenes proceeded.