La Bayadere: Dudinskaya/Chaboukiani 1940 clip.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 05:58 AM
with Helene that Chaboukiani shows terrific charisma. But also Dudinskaya impresses me here, I have to admit that I find her a bit OOT looking on some of the other films I have of her (SB Carabosse, Odile, Raymonda) but here I see that strong classicism that she was evidently noted for . And she looks great.
I also think the filming has a slight MGM kind of overtone to it, really in a beautiful way. Imagine that this was done during the second World War!
Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:57 AM
the NYPL listings below identify the collection's versions of this footage. (i cut the credits off after the 'bayadere' notes to keep the post from being too big.
Bayaderka . 1 reel. 9 min. 331 ft. : sd. b&w. ; 16 mm.
Motion picture released in 1943. Title of ballet in Russian; credits in English.
Choreography: not credited; possibly Vakhtang Chabukiani and Vladimir Ponomarev after Marius Petipa. Music: Ludwig Minkus.
Performed by Natalia Dudinskaya (Nikiya), Vakhtang Chabukiani (Solor), and members of the Leningrad State Academy Theater of Opera and Ballet.
SUMMARY: Excerpts from La bayadère, Act IV, the Kingdom of the Shades, including the entry of the shades, adagio and variations by Nikiya and Solor, and a coda performed by the entire cast.
Classic Kirov performances [videorecording] c1992. 107 min. : sd. color and b&w NTSC. ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Produced by Castle Communications, PLC. Distributed as a videotape by Kultur, West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Performed by members of the Kirov Ballet.
CONTENTS: The sleeping beauty (approx. 3 min., b&w). Chor: Petipa. Mus: Tchaikovsky. Recorded in 1930. Perf. by Tatiana Vecheslova (Aurora) and others. -- Bayaderka (approx. 6 min., b&w). Chor: Chabukiani and Ponomarev after Petipa. Mus: Minkus. Recorded in 1940. Perf. by Natalia Dudinskaya (Nikiya), Vakhtang Chabukiani (Solor), and ensemble
Russian ballet, the glorious tradition. Volume two [videorecording] / Telecompany Ostankino [and] Val G. Productions, Ltd. Fort Lee, NJ : Video Artists International, c1993, 1914-1988.
1 videocassette (71 min.) : sd., col. and b&w NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Russian ballet, the glorious tradition ; 2.
NOTES: The dying swan (b&w) / recorded in 1914 ; choreography, Michel Fokine ; music, Camille Saint-Saëns ; danced by Vera Karalli.
Classical variation (b&w) / recorded in 1944 ; choreography, Aleksandr Gorski ; music, Riccardo Drigo ; danced by Marina Semenova.
Swan lake: Act II, Odette's variation (b&w) / recorded in 1940 ; choreography, Lev Ivanov ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; danced by Marina Semenova, with ensemble.
La bayadère: pas de deux (b&w) / recorded in 1940 ; choreography, Marius Petipa ; music, L. Minkus ; danced by Natalia Dudinskaya and Vakhtang Chabukiani, with ensemble.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 02:16 PM
But the English-language credits say "filmed in 1940." Although World War II was going on in much of Europe in 1940, the Soviet Union had not yet been invaded by Germany. That occurred the following year.
In 1940 the Soviets were themselves victorious aggressors, having invaded and occupied both Finland and Poland without real provocation. Producing an expensive ballet film at that time would make a certain amount of sense. It could be seen as a celebration of Soviet cultural values and expansion, as well as a distraction from the unpleasant implications of Soviet imperialism.
Posted 15 February 2009 - 05:52 PM
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