rg, on 17 May 2011 - 08:34 AM, said:
as the yellowed caption notes, this is a publicity shot, probably at least one generation, print-wise, from the original photo, of the Don and Sancho, as portrayed by Viktor Smotlsov and Vladimir Ryabtsov, in Gorsky's DON QUIXOTE.
the picture's distribution date is 6/17/44; the date of the photo itself is not give. (interestingly the copy doesn't use "Bolshoi" in identifying the picture, but freely translates the orgazination as The Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre of the U.S.S.R. in Moscow.
odd tho' it seems nowadays, the multi-act DON QUIXOTE (opening tonight at ABT) would have been an unknown at this time outside Russia.
Thank you for posting the photograph.
Although the caption says it is Gorsky's production, it was in fact a revision of the 1906 Gorsky production by Rotislav Zakharov staged in 1940, with Kasyan Goleizovsky contributing choreography for a new Gypsy Dance.
Anna Pavlova staged a two-act version of Don Quixote in London in 1924 and I saw the first full western in production in 1962 when it was staged by Ballet Rambert.