Bolshoi Ballet 1956
Posted 23 December 2001 - 07:22 PM
theater from a used book internet site and the
booklet lists 11 ballets for the season.
Some of the ballets of the 1956 Bolshoi are several favorites like SWAN LAKE,SLEEPING BEAUTY,
RAIMONDA,GISELLE,FLAMES OF PARIS,FOUNTAIN OF
BAKHCHISARAI,ROMEO & JULIET,CINDERELLA
But three ballets listed are new to me and they
are STORKING(?),LAURENCIA,and SHURALE
Am i missing something or are the last three
less popular works ?
The LAURENCIA pages have a wonderful photo of
STORKING is listed a Ballet by Dmitri Klebanov
and SHURALE is listed a ballet by Farid Yarullin
also costumes look Tarter(shurale).
Posted 23 December 2001 - 10:17 PM
Baby stork--Original title: Aistenok. Chor: Nicolai Popko, Lev Pospekhin and Aleksandr Radunskii; mus: Dmitri Klebanov; lib: M. IA. Pinchevskii; scen: R. Makarov, T. D'iakonov and V. Zimin. First perf: Moscow, Bolshoi Theater Filial, June 6, 1937, graduate examination of Moscow Choreographic Institute.//Revived: Moscow, Bolshoi Theater, Nov. 14, 1955, under title: Druzhnye serdtsa. Scen: V. Zimin.
Cyril Beaumonts' "Ballets past and present". London, 1955. discussed the ballet on pp. 181-185.
additionally, yuri grigorovich, long associated with moscow's bolshoi ballet, but who began his career w/ leningrad's kirov ballet, also did choreography for this theme. the library lists his version thus:
Baby stork--Original title: Aistenok. Chor & lib: IUrii Grigorovich; mus: Dmitri Klebanov. First perf: Leningrad, Gorki Palace of Culture, 1947 or 1948.
very likely the Shurale you refer to is this one listed by the dance collection thus:
Shurale--Chor: Leonid IAkobson; mus: Farid IArullin with instrumentation by V. Vlasov and V. Fere; lib: A. Faizi and Leonid IAkobson after a Tatar folk tale; scen: A. Ptushko, L. Mil'chin and I. Vano. First perf: Leningrad, Kirov Theater, May 28, 1974, Kirov Ballet (Company).
(as you can see, and as you've noted the theme is a tartar folk tale.)
i have seen photos of both these works but have not personally seen them on stage or on film or video.
[ December 23, 2001: Message edited by: rg ]
Posted 23 December 2001 - 10:20 PM
I saw a film of it once, but I barely remember it. Lots and lots of ballet-Spanish dancing. I read a review once that called it "Don Quixote on steroids."
I've never seen "Shurale" and know nothing about "Storking." Anyone else know?
Posted 28 December 2001 - 04:22 PM
"Shurale" premiered January 29, 1955. Plisetskaya danced the girl-bird Syuimbike, Levashov was the evil forest spirit Shurale, and Yuri Kondratov danced the role of the hero Ali-Batyr. According to Plisetskaya, Yakobson was most "original and inventive" in his successful and warmly received production of "Shurale".
She refers to "Laurencia" as "Krein's ballet" and says it's based on "Fuente Ovejuna" by Lope de Vega so that explains all the Spanish dancing. P. danced "Laurencia" about the same time as "Shurale". "Laurencia" was Chabukiani's choreography and on the opening night of this particular production, Krushchev was in attendance along with many other big Party members. This was danced by P. during the time of her greatest persecution when she was desperately trying to contact Krushchev to be allowed to travel on the overseas tours. (She got as far as his son-in-law who was then punished for trying to help her).
Perhaps as I read on, I'll find some mention of "Storking" as well. I've just gotten to 1956 in the book. If only this book had an index....!
[ December 28, 2001: Message edited by: vagansmom ]
Posted 29 December 2001 - 09:13 AM
When you get through the 1956 section of P's
a/b can you tell us if any thing is said about
"The Fountain of Bakhchisarai".I have a 1956
video of P.(as Zarema)& Galina U.(as Maris) also
my Bolshoi booklet has photo of P. and Rasia
Struchkova.Moreover i have the 1956 Ballet Annual
where there is a review of (F.of B.) at the
Royal Opera,Covent Garden.The author does not
like the ballet but loves the preformances.
I am interested if there is any comments of
P. regarding her work with Galina U.
Posted 02 January 2002 - 04:43 PM
[ January 02, 2002: Message edited by: Lovebird ]
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