Review by Toni Bentley on front page of NY Times Book Review"Ballet's Magic Kingdom," by Akim Volynsky
Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:38 PM
"Chopiniana is a charming miniature.....But I don't see any new directions here.......This is the same classical dancing that has been around for centuries"
I wonder what century he is talking about. So far, I am in Balanchine's camp when he said:
"There was a famous critic in Petersburg, his name was Akim Volynsky, I knew him well. He was drawn to ballerinas and created a whole ballet theory out of it: that in ballet eroticism is the most important thing....he described how big the thighs of his favorites were".
No wonder---in 'Chopiniana' the thighs are covered.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:14 PM
In the summer of the following year, she and Vera Trefilova decided to travel to Milan to study with Caterina Beretta the teacher of Pierina Legnani, to strengthen their execution, especially pirouettes and fouettes sur le pointe. This indomitable pair made they same journey the following year to study again with Beretta.
There is a delightful section in "Theater Street" of Karsavina's studies with Beretta. She went for the same reason as Pavlova -- to improve her strength and stamina.
Did Volynsky later establish a (short-lived) school for arts?
Posted 31 January 2009 - 06:23 AM
Vaganova taught there before moving to the state (former imperial) school of ballet in the twenties, where, we all know she made her name.
Posted 01 February 2009 - 01:15 AM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:21 PM
Well, I have my copy of the book...I am not too far into it --only 1912---and I am already doubting his views. He has little vision in appreciating Fokine.
Doesn't say much for his judgment, does it?
Posted 09 February 2009 - 08:46 PM
it's interesting to read these champions of classicism warn against the 'realism' of Fokine and/or the 'experiments' of Balanchivadze, etc.
Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:06 AM
Fokine invented curved lines in ballet. He also invented the ensemble in ballet. Forkine took a small ensemble and made up interesting strange things for it...But he was mean, always cursing.
Danilova says that Fokine had been a god in Russia, "the most original, the most modern choreographer. But for those of us who had worked with Balanchine, Fokine seemed old fashioned."
Posted 10 February 2009 - 01:51 PM
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