Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:15 AM
In Paris same thing although the ramp is a lot longer.
At the Mariinsky there are two ramps even in the reconstruction, which, I assume, means that there were originally only 2 ramps although the reconstruction shows some rocky formations so they pass behind them at times (coming down from the Himalayas, I believe).
The Bolshoi has 3 ramps!!!!!
The Bolshoi version really blows you away. At one point there are 3 ramps of Shades descending along with the ones that have reached the ground floor, so it creates 4 rows of Shades descending. So magical!!!
I suspect more ramps makes it more difficult. Am I correct? Balancing on ramps must be harder than the regular stage.
What do you all prefer???? How many ramps do you want in this scene? LOL
Posted 20 July 2012 - 12:08 PM
MLADA followed the premiere of BAYADERE by 2 years but Petipa's 1896 revival of MLADA predated Petipa's his 1900 final revisions of BAYADERE by 4.
to be sure Dore's Illustrations of Dante's DIVINE COMEDY are many, and a good number include the entrance of souls into Paradise, below is but one, with an ascending zig-zag.
Mlada : Chor: Marius Petipa; mus: Ludwig Minkus; lib: Petipa after Stepan Gedeonov; scen: Matvei Shishkov, Mikhail Bocharov, Heinrich Wagner, Fëdor Egorov and Aleksei Lupanov. First perf: St. Petersburg, Bolshoi Theater, Dec 2, 1879 (O.S.).//Revived: St. Petersburg, Maryinsky Theater, Sept 25, 1896 (O.S.); scen: Mikhail Bocharov and Ivan Andreev.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 02:15 PM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 02:35 PM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 02:44 PM
Yes, I think Wikipedia states (or used to say) that she had to cut them back b/c the Met's stage was too small, but other Ballet Talkers said the Met's stage was not too small for 32 (when POB toured with Bayadere, for example), and they thought it was b/c of the size of the State Theater maybe if she rehearsed it there at some point. But you could be right about making it easier to tour and put it on at different theaters. That would make a lot of sense.
I just have my dream Bayadere in my head, and it would be the Makarova version with some modifications. Bring back 32, add more ramps to the Shades scene, use pointe work in the confrontation scene between Nikiya and Gamzatti like the Bolshoi version......
I think the thing the Makarova version gets right (for my own personal tastes) is the atmosphere.....sort of dark but almost violet or blue hues and that has to do with sets and lighting, so it is not just her doing. But she did make it a more serious work by getting rid of most of the character dances that do not really add to the story. I do enjoy the character dances when I see them on the POB video and the Mariinsky and Bolshoi versions, but overall, I like the arc of Makarova's version and absolutely love the final moment when she comes out with the scarf and goes up the steps into Heaven with Solor holding the other end of the scarf and following her/kneeling. I find that a magical moment and wonderful end to the story. Even the Mariinsky's reconstruction does not have that final, "Ah......" moment for me.
Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:59 AM
So my guess is that this is primarily a question of company size. The National Ballet of Ukraine lists 147 dancers and 12 apprentices on its roster, a big corps from which to draw.
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has just announced that this Bayadere will be coming to Montreal next February, which would give people on the east coast a chance to see what Makarova's production looks like with the full 32 shades (assuming they all come on tour).
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