Bolshoi Re-Opening Gala
Posted 29 October 2011 - 04:38 PM
Posted 29 October 2011 - 05:16 PM
Posted 29 October 2011 - 05:21 PM
Posted 29 October 2011 - 09:52 PM
it would have been wonderful!
As it was, it felt like a compendium of homages to classicism, and neoclassicism, in the costumes from Symphony in C, yet, and to minimalist clacissism (Laura Dean came to mind)...
So the heaviness of hte music overwhelmed it all and it felt ultimately VERY Soviet -- the emphasis on harmony, unison, , accuracy, service to an ideal felt grindingly earnest, like a machine that grinds up everything you really feel....
It may not have felt that way at ALL in the theater. Video seriously misrepresents everything. there was much individual delicacy and accuracy in the performances.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 01:18 AM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 06:31 AM
can someone who understands russian tell me what is it, close to the end, which appears to either be the 'dance of the flower baskets' or the 'dance of the usher ladies'?
Posted 01 November 2011 - 07:26 AM
It could be that "TANETS KAPEL'DINERSH" is the title of the musical number in the DON Q score -- a number that appears at the start of Act IV which is danced by the child-cupids in the current Bolshoi version -- and that it doesn't relate to a group of ladies carrying baskets. The ladies are just moving to that music.
A few days before the gala, the Bolshoi circulated an English-language listing of planned numbers in the gala and this was referred to (in English) as "Dance of the Ushers." But "KAPEL'DINERSH" most definitely does not mean "ushers" (or "baskets" or "flowers").
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