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
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
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
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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