Flames of ParisRatmansky's recreation, 7-3-08 premiere
Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:51 PM
Posted 29 June 2008 - 02:06 PM
Interesting was Ratmansky's explanation that he gave this dance to principals because is so powerful choreography and he is looking for the ultimate dancer who has to be good in every style of dance. Ratmansky didn't change anything in the first and the last part, he said he brought famous Kirov's character dancer Irina Gensler to stage it. Unfortunately, the second part, which he changed, looks like a piece from another ballet.
Ilya, this difficult to belive, but yes, they danced so fast. My teacher was Bregvadze( slightly younger then Dudinskaya and Chabukiani) and occasionally he showed how men should do chainee turns. We were ashamed
Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:03 AM
Semenyaka performs Marie Antoinette in the 1st, 2nd & 5th performances.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 04:13 PM
Posted 06 July 2008 - 06:51 PM
Like Andrei, I would enjoy hearing about the performances, too!
Posted 07 July 2008 - 11:09 AM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:51 AM
I actually think she did quite well here, but then I know absolutely nothing about Russian character dance..
Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:51 PM
Bits of the premiere with Maria Alexandrova have appeared on Youtube. I'll give the links for the Danse Basque (the well-known pas de deux is also online): , and . Nina Kaptsova is Adeline.
That was fast to be posted online. They must have used a modern tapeless digital camcorder--very good sound quality.
It will be interesting to see when will it premiere on a Bolshoi tour of the West.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:46 PM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:46 PM
Posted 09 July 2008 - 06:47 AM
It is so wrong. At one point, Alexandrova's arms appear to be flapping almost like a swan...SWAN LAKE? No, no, no - this is so wrong. Lightweight from the guys, too. What a bummer.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:45 PM
When the Kirov came to the Festival Hall in London in 1970 - they brought a repertory consiting mainly of short pieces, including excerpts from Gayaneh, Taras Bulba, Flames of Paris and Ivan Susanin - and those character dancers were terrific. I remember them as absolutely holding their own in their own way against wonderful dancers like Kolpakova, Komleva, Makarova, wonderful Soloviev and even our first sight of the young Barishnikov. There was a remarkably beautiful young women Olga? Zabotkina who did all the principal women's parts in these numbers and she was wonderful.
However, I have to admit it was pretty odd in the extract from Vainonen's Nutcracker to see as the Cavaliers in the Rose Walts a procession of gentlemen of markedly heavier build than the four young men supporting Kolpakova. I had the distinct impression that it was some years since most of them had gone on stage in white tights and white wigs.
But seriously, it was one area where you had to say that russian companies beat their western counterparts hands down, but now they're all young, thin and light.
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