Kennedy Center 2009-10 season
Posted 03 March 2009 - 03:40 PM
Suzanne Farrell continues to bring back "lost" Balanchine ballets. Her March performances will include Haieff Divertimento.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 03:44 PM
Sadly, the Mariinsky is bringing the 1952 version of Sleeping Beauty.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:22 PM
That is discouraging. But I imagine that touring with the reconstructed version is difficult.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 04:30 PM
Posted 03 March 2009 - 05:02 PM
They're taking a Ulysses Dove triple bill to Jacob's Pillow.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:20 AM
Posted 05 March 2009 - 05:46 PM
Feb 9 - 14, 2010
Russia's world-renowned Mariinsky Ballet returns to perform Konstantin Sergeev's 1952 version of the full-length staging of the beloved fairy tale ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. "
I actually love this version of Sleeping Beauty so I feel an ingrate to complain but... I guess it's true no more reconstructions--pity because I knwo Kennedy Center has a big enough stage to hold the 1890 reconstruction, and this year I, for the first time, actually would have had enough advance warning to save up for a trip to see it in person. Oh well...
Posted 23 May 2009 - 02:06 PM
Posted 24 May 2009 - 10:14 AM
It's a very intriguing dance -- I hope to see it again soon.
Posted 24 May 2009 - 02:31 PM
But Spartacus? I assume the Bolshoi plans to feature Ivan Vasiliev but I remain skeptical. Even if Vasiliev pulls it off, does the company have any mature male stars (I mean mature and I mean stars) who can remotely compete with the dancers who made Spartacus at one time compelling? I gather Acosta had a huge success as a guest artist dancing it in London, but without major male performances what exactly is the point?
Actually I'm being a little disingenuous, because to be honest even if they have such male stars I would prefer any number of Bolshoi works to Spartacus...Heck I'd prefer they bring Coppelia...especially since, when I saw the Bolshoi dance a Spartacus excerpt roughly six-seven years ago or so--with a bunch of streamlined looking men who did not remotely recall the Bolshoi of old--I thought they looked as if they believed in the ballet even less than I did.
Oh well...perhaps I am too pessimistic and it will be rip-roaring. I will read about it on Ballet Talk and kick myself for not seeing it. Hope so...
Posted 26 May 2009 - 06:34 AM
That said, I too am disappointed particularly considering that the Bolshoi could have brought Flames of Paris (easy to tour, minimal sets - projections) or Coppelia (very tough to tour with 19th-C realistic sets...but so is Corsaire, touring to DC soon). Another possibility would have been their delightful Massine triple bill or a 'mixed bill' that would have included their new Paquita Grand Pas, Messerer's Class Concert, Tharp's Upper Room and/or a Balanchine. But Spartak-Spartacus it shall be.
Posted 26 May 2009 - 08:05 AM
I would have loved to see any of these, especially "Class Concert", but I am excited for the rare chance to see Spartacus.
Posted 26 May 2009 - 10:33 AM
The Bolshoi is playing for safe with Spartacus. None of the other ballets mentioned here, can guarantee the same box-office appeal: just playing the devil's advocate, but imagine how a Massine triple bill would fare (Massine, who? and to be honest, it's really not that delightful the way they dance it), or the Paquita Grand Pas (another new/old reconstruction...), Coppelia (and yet another...), Class Concert (all the stars have to be there and local kids need to be trained), Flames of Paris (Stalin's favourite??) ....
Posted 26 May 2009 - 11:29 AM
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