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Flames of ParisRatmansky's recreation, 7-3-08 premiere


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#16 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:51 PM

It has to be a real speed. If taking a look, let's say, at the Dudinskaya/Sergueiev "Black Swan PDD" from the Glory of Kirov, one can see that everything goes at a normal tempo-(Adagio and variations)-until Dudinskaya stumps in her surrealistic fast series of pique turns at the coda, which are way faster than those we're accustomed to see nowadays.

#17 Andrei

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 02:06 PM

Natalia, don't take so hard on dancers yet, it's still just rehearsal.
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 :wub:

#18 Natalia

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 10:03 AM

Casting for specific performances is now up. Alexandrova/Vochkov get Thursday's opening night, July 3. Osipova/Vasiliev for the 2nd & 5th/final performances. Schipulina/Vochkov get Saturday's matinee (3rd perf.), while Meskova & 'mystery man' Lantratov get Sat. night (4th perf).

Semenyaka performs Marie Antoinette in the 1st, 2nd & 5th performances.

#19 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 01:18 PM

A selection of photos from the new production, featuring the first two casts (Alexandrova, Savin, Volchkov/Osipova, Lopatin, Vasiliev) can be found here:

Flames of Paris at the Bolshoi

Enjoy!

#20 Andrei

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 04:00 PM

Mark, but how was the performance?!

#21 ruteyo

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 04:13 PM

Merci Marc! I hope they bring this production abroad very soon! We're all eager to see it.

#22 Drew

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 06:51 PM

Thanks for the wonderful photos.

Like Andrei, I would enjoy hearing about the performances, too!

#23 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 11:09 AM

In a nutshell, the main virtue of Alexei Ratmansky's production of "Flames of Paris" is that he allows us to see another of these old, mostly forgotten ballets, which form an essential part of the Russian and Soviet legacy, with 21st-century eyes. Ratmansky himself calls it a dialogue with Vainonen's original production, and that's basically what he brings us : it shows a definite admiration for the original work, its surviving choreography, mise-en-scène, and music, but also a questioning and reinterpreting by somebody living today. In this respect Ratmansky's work from the last four or five years at the Bolshoi (thinking of "Bright Stream", "Bolt", "Le Corsaire" etc) is comparable to Valery Gergiev's at the Mariinsky ten or fifteen years ago when he brought new life to all these forgotten Russian opera's by Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, etc.

#24 Lidewij

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:51 AM

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.

I actually think she did quite well here, but then I know absolutely nothing about Russian character dance.. :unsure:

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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.

#26 Andrei

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:46 PM

Looking at youtube, unfortuantely, I have to say it's not so good as it was 40 years ago :) . Alexandrova's body position is too straight in famous traveling hops backward, arms too weak during "turn in pas de bourree". Boys have to slide more down after fouette in the air together. The leading men should lean more forward after emboite and so on ... :(

#27 Alexandra

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:46 PM

Thank you for posting that, Lidewij, but, to me, the character dancing is so lightweight, it's a real disappointment.

#28 Natalia

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 06:47 AM

I echo the thanks for posting.

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.

#29 Alymer

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 01:45 PM

I agree. Far too light, far too 'classical'. I think it was a sad day when the major Russian companies stopped having recruiting a group of specialist character dancers - that is to say not those dancers who play Kings, Queens, Dukes, Pashas, etc, but a group of dancers who did things like the Danse Basque, Taras Bulba, the dances from Ivan Susanin, the national dances in Swan Lake, etc.
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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