New production of "Esmeralda" for the BolshoiYuri Burlaka in -Dancing Times- interview
Posted 31 May 2009 - 02:12 AM
Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:01 AM
Leonid, I had already reported this last March, when I saw an interview on Russian TV during my visit to Moscow for Coppelia. See:
Nonetheless, it's good to commence a special thread for this. This is particularly welcome now that the Mikhailovsky in St.Petersburg has dropped its great production.
Incidentally, the Petipa 1899 Esmeralda is being staged in Tokyo this month by the NBA troupe, which had revived it in 2004:
Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:30 AM
Posted 31 May 2009 - 03:55 AM
Thank you, Leonid. This is very reassuring: "...as we did with Corsaire." This tells me that there will most likely be beautiful realistic sets and costumes, rather than simple projections a-la Flames of Paris 2008.
Posted 31 May 2009 - 05:17 PM
Posted 31 May 2009 - 08:29 PM
But back to "La Esmeralda"...
Posted 01 June 2009 - 02:42 AM
Esmeralda was first staged at the Bolshoi by Jean Perrot in 1850 using the revised Pugni score and was revived by Mendez in 1890 after Petipa. It was last re-staged at the Bolshoi in 1926 by Tikhomirov with Yekaterina Geltser as Esmeralda and the score revised by Rheinhold Gliere which was to used by the Kirov in their 1935 production staged by Vaganova which was revived in that theatre in 1948.
Esmeralda was an extremely popular ballet in the soviet period being staged across that union in something like twenty plus different productions.
The Mikhailovsky Ballet production is the latest Russian production I have found and dates from 1981 being called a revival of Petipa's restaging of 1899. There is to be found a filmed recording of excerpts of this Esmeralda production which was staged in part by Tatiana Vecheslova who had appreared in the Vaganova production and although the dancing is variable, one can see the remnants of a Romantic ballet.
As you say, the Sergeyev notation of the Petipa production exists which was staged with the Drigo revised score and as Vikharev has been mentioned in respect of this production perhaps it is being referred to.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 03:49 AM
Posted 01 June 2009 - 05:42 AM
I know that Vecheslova appeared in both the Vaganova productions of Esmeralda in 1935 (revived by Vaganova especially for her)and 1948, but I had thought it was out of the Kirov repertoire for some years earlier. By the time Vecheslova graduated as I understand that there were no Petipa productions left in the Kirov repertoire. Everything was "after Petipa", as the theatre's ideological dramaturg insisted on changes to all of the Petipa repertory which affected choreography as well as the story line. What date do you have that Vecheslova danced Esmeralda other than those dates I have mentioned, as I would like to amend my records?
Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:01 AM
Posted 04 August 2009 - 04:25 AM
Edited to correct error.
Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:00 AM
The opening night was yesterday, I hope that someone attended and will post here!
Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:05 AM
by no means the same thing as a report from a ballet talker, but in the meantime....
Posted 27 December 2009 - 04:54 AM
Casts are given at top right of page under "Characters"
There are also photographs of the production at: http://www.bolshoi.r...otos/esmeralda/
The same page announces Ivan Vasiliev's debut as the Nutcracker Prince on January 7, 2010.
REUTERS photographs of dancers relaxing during rehearsals of Esmeralda: http://www.daylife.c...rch?q=Esmeralda
scroll down to see photos then click on See More Photo Results at top right.
Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:59 AM
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