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Farewell, Reconstructions?


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#16 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:35 AM

Why can't they keep both at the same time...? Definitely future generations should be able to know about what was being done during that era which was, at the end, a top winner time in Ballet. As i see it, the more is preserved, the better. The more ballet options, the more visual pleasure...

#17 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:01 PM

I wouldn't see it so dramatic. It's not back to anything: the Bolshoi has always kept the Grigorovich ballets in the rep (some of them like Spartacus were even given a second youth in the last 4/5 years, something that even Grigorovich himself would never have expected to happen at this point), just like the Mariinsky always kept the Sergeyev versions (leonid of course meant Konstantin, not Nicolay Sergeyev), even alongside the new/old reconstructions.

What will matter, though, in the near future is how much attention and playtime these Soviet productions will be given in respect to the newer (let's call it the reconstructed) work. In the Mariinsky's case it looks rather bad, but it remains to be seen how much they will weigh in at the Bolshoi.

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 01:19 PM

It's amazing how what was "new" at a time then became increasingly "old", and now it's back to be fasiohable after the "new-old" is loosing it's "new" aura... :wub:

#19 EricMontreal22

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 01:18 AM

I refuse to give up hope until I hear about the original Panorama for SB being dismantled or the sets sold or burned ;) But this is sad news. I wonder if they realize how excited in these productions international balletomanes are?? I mean, at first I thought they weren't filming the Reconstructed SB because they wanted to save it only for live showings--which made sense--but now, you'd think they could stand to make a decent amount of money makign a DVD or showing of it. Yeah ballet DVDs don't sell much but I know that'd be one of the best selling new ballet releases among the ballet DVDs we get. Hell they could do a box set of SB, Bayadere and Waking of Flora, charge 100 or 150 bucks and I'd happily buy it... Maybe not many would tho' :wub:

I also wonder with how many of the Fokine/Diaghilev ballets they've done, and even most of the Balanchine, which I love all of, but they are almost all pretty much reconstructions of the orginal productions. Why is this different? For msot modern audiences something liek Sheherazade doesn't seem all that more modern than Sleeping Beauty...

People have said that this was spearheaded in many ways by the oh so modern Valery Gergeiv. I'm a modest opera fan but no very little about the Mariinsky's current opera company. I DO know they've done a lot of modern opera works, modern styled productions, and co-productions with the Met and others lately but do they still have some of those old Soviet style "stand and sing" warhorses? And do they have any reconstructions or old productions of operas like they were trying with ballet? I noticed Rusland and Lyudmila by Glinka uses designs reconstructed from 1904, Prince Igor in the old production with the Fokine dances, Maid of Pskov is a 50s traditional production. I also noticed the three biggest Tchaikovsky operas, Queen of Spades (my personal fave opera), Eugene Onegin and Mazeppa all have traditional and modern stagings in the repertoire--I imagine this was done partly to appease people upset that Tchaikovsky's operas might be so radically staged in his hometown. However with the majority of the operas listed on their homepage, it seems, the stagings look quite modern (with Gergiev credited with conception for a number of them).

Of course opera and ballet and how they're staged and viewed are pretty different--the often avant garde stagings of classic operas have NOT (despite some successes and some attempts) ever become mainstream ways for major ballet companies to stage the classics, for a variety of reasons between the art forms but...

Another difference of course is the Marrinsky ballet seems content to go to their old (Sergeyev) ballet stagings (which for the record I largely love), while the opera company has a huge number of brand new productions from the past 8 years.


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