"Les Millions d'Arlequin" (Petipa/Drigo)1978 BBC TV broadcasting.
Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:08 PM
Posted 04 August 2009 - 10:59 PM
--Harlequinade - Sergei Kosadaev
--Columbine - Alla Malysheva
--Pierrot - Evgenii Myasishchev
--Pierrette - Tatyana Podkopayeva
--Cassander - Gennadii Kolobkhov
--Leander - Valerii Dolgallo
--Good Fairy - Galina Laricheva
Posted 05 August 2009 - 04:38 AM
[Homage to Marius Petipa] (Videotape) [1979?] 118 min. : sd. color
Titles and narration in Russian. Produced by Soviet Television. Taped during performance at the Maly Theatre, Leningrad. Performed by members of the Maly Theatre Ballet.
CONTENTS. - Harlequinade. Choreography: Petr Gusev after Marius Petipa. Music: Riccardo Drigo. Decor: Tatiana Bruni. Cast: Sergei Kosadaev (Harlequin), Alla Malysheva (Colombine), Evgenii Myasishchev (Pierrot), Tatyana Podkopayeva (Pierrette), Gennadii Kolobkhov (Cassender), Valerii Dolgallo (Leander), Galina Laricheva (Fairy) - Halte de cavalerie. Choreography: Petr Gusev after Petipa. Music: Johann Armsheimer. Sets: Gennadii Sotnikov. Costumes: Tatiana Ratner. Cast: Larisa Zubkovich (Teresa), Tatiana Goryshina (Maria), Aleksandr Evdokimov (Peter), Valerii Dolgallo (Colonel), Herman Zamuel (Captain), Valerii Pechersky (Cornet) - Grand Pas from Paquita. Choreography: Nikita Dolgushin after Petipa. Music: Ludwig Minkus. Costumes: Dolgushin. Cast: Valentina Mukhanova (Ballerina), Nikita Dolgushin (Cavalier), with Tamara Statkun, Yelena Alkanova, Natalya Mikhalevskaya, and Maria Vishnevskaya.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 05:49 AM
the library's dating attempts to determine the time of the performance and the filming, i assume.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:21 AM
However there are several differences betwwen the casts listed for this showing and the one rg reproduces from the NYPL holding, even after allowing for differences in spelling, and the running order is different, so maybe this was not the same performance? The catalogue has no listing for a 1978 showing, but that might just mean they didn't keep the tape.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 06:45 AM
By the way, the "Part Two" listed above is actually a repeat of Part Five. Here's the actual Part Two:
I regret that I just got round to watching this video. Very enjoyable. I enjoyed the spirit of the Harlequin, Sergei Kosadaev. (Thanks, Helene, for the cast list.) The names of these dancers don't ring a bell, probably because they were not at the Kirov or Bolshoi, which meant you didn't exist as far as the U.S. was concerned. That's a a shame.
It's also wonderful to be able to see the ballet that was the source of Balanchine's 1960s version (Villella and McBride as Harlequin and Colombine).
I know that Balanchine had danced in and was much influenced by the original version in Petersburg, and also that he had done a pas de deux for Tallchief and Eglevsky much earlier on. In 101 Stories of the Great Ballets he writes that
Les Millions d'Arlequin had a great deal of influence, I think, on ballet history, becoming the model for comedy narrative. It is the other side of the coin from Swan Lake, if you like.
I remember the Villella/McBride performances quite well. Especially Denis Lamont's Pierrot. I wonder, though, about the accuracy of Balanchine's point about "dramatic narrative." The story seems to peter out after a while, becoming a series of episodes and divertissements, some truly comic, some straining too hard to be comic. Similarly, Drigo's music is delightful at the start, but outstays its welcome well before the end.
Did anyone else see the original NYCB cast? Or the 70s revised revival, with Gelsey Kirkland in the McBride role?
Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:02 AM
Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:05 AM
I stayed up way too late last night watching the whole thing, and it was delightful.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 10:04 AM
"Pas d'action" from Harlequinade
Music by: Ricardo Drigo
Choreography by: Marius Petipas
Staged by: Elena Kunikova
Costumes by: David Tetrault
Lighting by: Kip Marsh
Oringinally Les Millions D’Arlequin, Harlequinade was Marius Petipa’s last successfull ballet , premiering at the exquisite little Hermitage Theater (and not the Maryinsky Theater) in 1900. The evening long Harlequinade was a two-act recreation of the hightlights of the commedia dell’arte. Harlequin and Columbine, Pierrot and Pierette, buffoons and fairies are all present in a rollicking ballet filled with antics, magic, transformations, and romance.
This ballet provided the inspiration for Michel Fokine’s Carnaval; Anna Pavlova later toured in a ballet called Les Coquetteries de Columbine. George Balanchine choreographed his own Harlequinade in 1965, expressing the frivolity of Imperial Russian Society.
The Trockadero offers this highlight or “pas d’action” from the ballet, staged by Elena Kunikova, ballerina of the Maly Opera Ballet of St. Petersburg.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:04 PM
Not to mention pumping up their costumes: Shaun O'Brien was a paunchy, as well as a foppish, "Leandre", compared to the one we see here, who looks, well, like another dancer. Nor to mention how Columbine got down to the stage to dance with Harlequin: her balcony descended with her on it! This and other moments sometimes brought forth sounds of delight from some tiny voices in the audience, so that when people would ask me what to take their kids to after The Nutcracker, I would say, "After they're tired of The Nutcracker" -- a remark that brought appreciative laughter -- "try Harlequinade."
(If I may say so, I think kids who are charmed by Nutcracker and who want to go back and be charmed again should get the chance. At the very least, they'll get the experience of seeing something again, and make discoveries about themselves and their responses, too. They may discover in the case of Nutcracker, as this "kid" did when he saw Balanchine's a second time, that the perfectly naturalistic business the two little ones have in front of the scrim at the beginning, trying to look in at the party preparations, shoving each other aside and so on, is rehearsed! Afterward, I wondered, How could that be? Only if someone in charge had been a keen observer of how people act, people of all ages. But now I'm way OT.)
Of Balanchine's production of Harlequinade, using the entire musical score, the only one I ever saw, and always programmed with another short ballet, Barocco sometimes I think, it was usually with Villella and McBride but a few times with Baryshnikov, who needed no acclimatizing to this; in some other repertory there, like the first Rubies I saw him in, he looked slightly -- not so much out of place, as unaccustomed. Kirkland I don't think I ever saw in this. Lamont's Pierrot was always wonderfully apt, and Gloria Govrin -- relatively statuesque by that company's standards as she was by then -- was the statue who came to life.
(Govrin's first ever entrance in my experience, in another role, immediately made me wonder whether someone built like that could move well, whereupon she just as immediately did so, and continued to do so! Another of the happy "learning experiences" of my first visits to see Balanchine's company.)
Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:19 PM
I just found this, and thought it would be nice to share it. It is the Mikhailovsky-(Maly)- production of Pyotr Gusev's staging of "Harlequinade", filmed and aired in 1978 by the BBC as part of the T.V. special "3 Ballets by Marius Petipa".
I was thrilled when I saw the TV broacast. It seemed an insight into the past which
performances by major Russian companies at that time, somehow often just missed.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:21 PM
The last Harlequinade I saw was in the mid-80s. McBride was still dancing and still perfect for the role. I believe Harlequin was Ib Anderson. Is that possible? (Helene, I think, will know.)
Question about ballet terminology. At the opening of the Maly video, we see Harlequin and get an idea of his central problem. Suddenly, a huge corps skips in (knees reaching very high) and goes around in circles. The energy is amazing. What exactly is this music (4/4): a galope? And what's that skipping step called? (There's a lot of it in the ballet, though not usually with the knee rising as high.)
Question about ballet history: Does anyone know if Balanchine's experience with "Harlequinade" encouraged him, or gave him the idea, to work on a version of Coppelia? That second ballet is much more succinct and successful, as though he was working out problems and testing possible solutions with Petipa's ballet, and had solved them by the time he got to Saint-Leon's.
Posted 05 August 2009 - 02:43 PM
Oh, yes, the drunken gendarmerie, or "La Patrouielle", "the patrol"! I remembered that watching the video, but forgot as I posted. Yes, Mr. B's was more effective, as I remember it! Hilariously and even, to some of the audience, who thought his work was all tutus and leotards, startlingly so. This Maly version, short as it is, does get a little long after while, although I want to see it again continuously, instead of in five chunks. Mr. B knew how to keep things interesting, usually.
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