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#1 rg

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:24 AM

Can you name the dancer, etc. in the attached scan?

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#2 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:41 AM

almost looks like nadezhda pavlova...?

#3 Amy Reusch

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 02:07 PM

Interesting set!

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 02:15 PM

I yearn for those tights.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:10 PM

the dancer suggested above is correct.
the photo shows Nadezhda Pavlova.
the production?

#6 Amy Reusch

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:04 PM

Something under water? Or would that be The Stone Flower? Looks like Mars. Or Rousseau?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:49 PM

It's not The Little Humpbacked Horse (the "new" version, filmed with Plisetskaya) is it?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:51 PM

no, it's not THE STONE FLOWER, nor THE LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE.
hint: her costume in blue.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:36 PM

I've never seen this ballet, but...The Legend of Love? The part where Ferkhad dreams he sees the Queen's sister in the river. Or "Blue Expanses" from Hazy Vistas?

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 03:05 AM

Is this The Bluebird from the movie of the same name?

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 04:01 AM

The set is interesting. Where is she? At the bottom of the sea? At small-animal level in a garden?

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 05:59 AM

Mel has hit on it.
The 1976 Cukor movie, THE BLUE BIRD, a US/Soviet Russian collaboration (filmed in Russia, Leningrad I presume, with a cast of Soviet and American actors), didn’t stay in circulation very long. V.Canby’s NYTimes rev., easily found on google, is hardly positive.
The choreography is by Igor Belsky. Pavlova is the title role.
Interestingly the movie’s Russian title is SINYAYA PTITSA and not GOLUBAYA PTITSA (not sure I have transliterated correctly). The play includes, so far as I can recall, the Fairy of the plot sending two children in search of the Bluebird of Happiness, which I think she notes as being skyblue. (Elizabeth Taylor plays the script's mother and fairy.) But, SINYAYA means dark blue, indigo, I assume, and Golub’ means light/sky-blue. In THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, the Russians call the Perrault Bluebird "Golubaya Ptitsa"and I assume L’Oiseau bleu in it’s French language ref. to the role. This movie is called L’OISEAU BLEU in it’s French language reference. And hereabouts, so far as I can tell, a bluebird is a bluebird is a bluebird.
Regardless, Pavlova, revealing her marvelous physique etc., performs beautifully with a same glorious jump and use of her hands that I recall memorably from her US debut in ’73.
Canby’s review implies there might be more dancing in the Soviet version of the film, but the Russico DVD I have of the film, entitled SINYAYA PTITSA is preumbably the Soviet version –it can be played in Russian or in English, all more or less dubbed - but there isn’t all that much dancing to be seen.
The setting is “fantastic” garden/place where the children find themselves toward the end of their journey to discover and capture and bring home the bluebird of happiness.
Here is a second scan of my only publicity photo from the film.

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#13 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 06:12 AM

funny i thought it might blue bird but i didn't say that because it looked like a stage set and not a film set. nice photos, rg, thanks!!!

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:11 AM

in a footnote to the query about LEGEND OF LOVE, it so happens that Pavlova, opposite an equally remarkable Vyacheslav Gordeyev (as Ferkhad) gave most memorable performances as Shirin in this ballet.
somewhere i have a photo or two, when they surface i may scan and post.
leningrad legend that i've heard has it that the vivid blue-green color of virsiladze's costume scheme for Ferkhad, the painter of the narrative, was specifically chosen because it was so becoming on Nureyev; then RN bolted and the role went to Aleksandr Gribov, but the blue remained in place. (i wonder if there is Russian word for this shade of blue?)

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 07:51 AM

LEGEND OF LOVE photo/scan
Bolshoi Ballet season: New York State Theater, Aug. 1-26, 1979
w/ N. Pavlova as Shirin
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V. Gordeyev as Ferkhad

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