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Mariinsky's Firebird, Rite of Spring, Les Nocesscreenings at cinemas


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#16 mariinskyfan

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:24 AM

How about Sleeping Beauty 1890 or Raymonda or Ondine or Flora's Awakening or...or...or... Those are the ballets that would turn people onto the art form.


Agreed! I am looking forward to seeing Kondaurova in Firebird, but since I already have the Vishneva Firebird, I would be much more excited to see a Mariinsky classic that hasn't been released in the last decade. I would die for Raymonda, Ondine, LA BAYADERE, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle....

And as far as triple bills go, I would rather see their Forsythe or a mixed bill with Etudes, or Balanchine...

And I really hope Obraztsova gets a starring role in a DVD at some point.

#17 Helene

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:25 AM

Just a few random thoughts:

I thought the costumes and sets for "Firebird" cost as much as the PNB's entire production budget for about a decade. The costumes for the two bugs were amazing.

It's great to see Kondourova do anything. The woman who played the Princess had an oddly smug expression. The Prince looked like Luke Wilson ("The Family Stone"/"Legally Blond") and was strangely pouty. New York Theatre Ballet did a Folkine version that I saw in the 80's with professional dancers backed by what was then a semi-professional (and growing) company, and the balance and humanity were more appealing.

"The Rite of Spring": the things that caused riots back then!

I love the music to "Les Biches" and it sounded great, and Nijinska's ability to create tableaux was fascinating. I'd never seen this or "Rite" before.

#18 carbro

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:50 PM

New York Theatre Ballet did a Folkine version that I saw in the 80's with professional dancers backed by what was then a semi-professional (and growing) company, and the balance and humanity were more appealing.

I don't doubt it. This staging was (ahem) credited to Isabelle Fokine and Andris Liepa, suggesting (at least by the former) pretty good authenticity. The choreography didn't look so authentic to me, especially the absence of a still tableau for Scene II. Still, this was easily the best of the three segments, thank you Ms. Kondaurova.

The cinematography, for the most part, was pretty good. Not too many quick-cuts. My big complaint was that many of the shots, even when they did contain the whole figure of the dancer/s, would have benefited by pulling back just a bit to give a better spatial context.

I wish the dancers in both primitive works, Sacre and Les Noces, had had more weight. Even in Firebird, the tautly pulled up torsos of today's dancers seemed out of place.

Still, the film, whatever its flaws, is a valuable document, and I'm glad I saw it.

By the way, the audience was very sparse, probably no more than 50 or so, if that. Disappointing.

#19 sandik

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 11:06 AM

For anyone who saw this, you might want to take a look at this clip from the Paris Opera Ballet in Sacre with Marie-Claude Pietragalla as the Chosen One. I think she's more convincing in the part (the journey from terror at her selection to frenzy and death) but I also think the camera work supports the choreography much better than the Maryinsky version.

(edited to add) I am so embarrassed -- I forgot to add the link!

here

it is.

#20 3minuteswest

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 05:19 AM

You can also watch the Ballet Russes at the Mariinsky on Classical TV.com http://www.classical...t-the-mariinsky

It costs $4.99 to stream it.

#21 SandyMcKean

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 04:15 PM

For anyone who saw this, you might want to take a look at this clip from the Paris Opera Ballet in Sacre with Marie-Claude Pietragalla as the Chosen One. I think she's more convincing in the part (the journey from terror at her selection to frenzy and death) but I also think the camera work supports the choreography much better than the Maryinsky version.

No kidding! Thanks for pointing out this POB clip. I completely agree with you on both counts. In fact, I am taken aback by how "lifeless" the Mariinsky maiden is compared to how the POB did it. Marie-Claude Pietragalla's movement is so much more free, creative, dramatic, and "into" the power of the situation.

#22 sandik

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:12 PM

You can also find video of the Joffrey's performance (from the Dance in America program) on YouTube

here, part 1
part 2
and part 3

I think it's an excellent performance and television production.

#23 Helene

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 11:22 PM

What an amazing production by the Joffrey! From the first stomp, it was clear that the dancers understood the style. Hodgson is credited in both the Joffrey and Mariinsky versions.

The Mariinsky's version was pretty and bland. The Mariinsky dancers did not grow up exposed to modern dance in the way that every Joffrey dancer could have been and it's hard to imagine them not, by virtue of having lived and worked in NYC.

It was amazing seeing the names on the credits :Le Blanc, Gates, Rodriguez, Maynard, Wheater, Corbin, Goldweber, Stierle, and on. I still don't know how Rodriguez could move after standing in a frozen pose for 10 minutes before she had to explode.

Thank you, sandik!

#24 Amour

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Posted 04 July 2010 - 09:31 PM

This a fairly recent BelAir Classique release that can be purchased in either DVD or blu-ray formats. It contains two ballets: the complete Fokine version of the Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps. The version of the Firebird is identical to a version released a few years ago on a DVD titled "The Kirov Celebrates Nijihsky" (though it was really a celebration of Fokine, since every ballet on the DVD was choreographed by him). On the earlier DVD, the role of the Firebird was danced by Diana Vishneva. On this newer release, it is performed by Kondaurova,with Ilya Kuznetsov as Ivan, Marianna Pavlova as the Princess and Vladimir Ponomarev as Kashchei. Personally, I prefer the version with Vishneva (she has more spirit and sparkle in her dancing) but the sound here is much better and the orchestra is conducted by Gergiev.

The version of Le Sacre du Printemps is the supposedly original version; some may have seen it performed in the 70's and 80's by the Joffrey Ballet. The Kirov's is a very good performance of the work and for those who never saw the Joffrey version, it is probably well-worth watching. Again, the sound is terrific.


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