unidentified photo, probably? Yuri Soloviev?perhaps in Le Corsaire Pas de Deux?
Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:42 PM
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:20 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:58 PM
one friend thinks a related foto in a book about YS says it's a concert number.
if more specific info. surfaces i'll post it.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:45 PM
The costume is less interestin to me than hte pose, which is VERY contrapposto'd and very specific, and very very beautiful/
Thanks for posting.
WHo was that guy who danced with Osipenko? Semenov or Markovsky? Actually, maybe Nisnevich in a wig?
Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:03 AM
I scanned the text of the first couple of chapters in the book (which is a series of essays & recollections from former colleagues/friends) and there is no mention or description of the number. I also checked the thorough appendix listing all of YS's professional roles; this concert number OKEAN is not listed, letting us know that it was most likely performed 'only' during his student days (not yet a pro).
I am guessing that maybe - maybe - whoever donated the photo to the publisher may have mislabeled it as "OKEAN" instead of ACTEON....sounds a little similar in the Russian language. The photo in my book, with the bow, certainly looks like an Acteon. [Neither Diana & Acteon pdd nor Esmeralda are listed in his repertoire in the appendix...so all clues lead to this being a very early, pre-professional photo, whether Okean or Acteon.]
I hope that this helps. Sorry that I do not have a scanner. The pic is on page 37 of the book, upper-right corner, just above the photo with all of the 1958 graduates and pedagogues.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:49 AM
That positioning of the arms also looks oriental. Somewhere I've seen that before, but can't recall where.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:48 AM
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:24 AM
a colleague in Paris found the same, related photo in what i presume to be the same book you have, Natalia.
Russian/Soviet ballet has been known to use"ocean" to refer to the Neptune figure in the "Ocean and the Pearls" number from LITTLE HUMPBACKDED HORSE, but as noted above this costume looks as if it might indicate something other than the king of the sea.
likewise when later in his career Soloviev danced this number, with a gossamer-like cape on his sleeves, it was often called the spirit or genii of the waters.
without more information it's hard to say what graduation number was devised for the young Soloviev on the brink of his career as virtuoso Soviet dancer?
one presumes showcase numbers were variously arranged for young, talented dancers, and in some cases perhaps not given again after the graduation performance.
(i don't think, for ex., that Nijinsky's SWINEHERD PRINCE, if i recall the title correctly [by Kulichevskaya after H.C.Andersen] was given again after his graduation performance.)
i have a few more feelers out there, some to veteran Kirov dancers, so maybe more hard facts will emerge.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:12 PM
I'll bet that the photo of Acteon, with the bow, was mislabeled as Okean. In spoken Russian, the "O" of 'Okean' is pronounced as an "A"....Akean - Actean will sound almost the same.
Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:11 PM
one Leningrader thinks this might be a Jacobson number, but isn't sure what/which...
Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:42 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:25 PM
In some Soviet versions of the Diana & Acteon Grand Pas/PDD, Acteon indeed bounds onto the stage carrying the bow. (His is huge - at least a half-body length.) After the initial diagonal of jetes, he casts away the big bow and one of the corps ladies (huntresses) retrieves it as Acteon begins his adagio with Diana, who normally keeps her little bow for the adagio. In the Perm Ballet gala that toured the USA a few years ago, both Diana & Acteon had bows at the start of the piece - hers tiny and his huge. This 'two bows version' is also on film but I can't tell you at the moment exactly which company and which dancers.
r. Yakobsens: Your friend may have been thinking of the miniature "The Bird and the Hunter." I've just checked this in the 1960 film of Yakobsen Minitatures danced by the Kirov. The 'hunter' of the dance (Alexander Gribov) wears a dark furry costume...and just imitates the use of a bow at the start of this short adagio in which the bird slowly dies. The other Yakobsen possibility -- and a role of YS -- is Ali Batir, the hunter and male romantic lead of the ballet Shuraleh. Ali Batir is garbed in Tatar national clothing...nothing like the skimpy outfit in your postcard...but Ali Batir carries a huge bow!
Somewhere there must be a printed programme and/or recollection of that 1958 Vaganova Academy graduation to let us know, for once and for all, what YS danced on that occasion (thus, a clue to RG's photo, as the costume is definitely related to that graduation).
p.s. Alas, my quick search of possible docs yielded no description of that 1958 academy concert (and what YS may have danced). However, my booklet on Shavrov -- YS' teacher at the academy -- indicates that Shavrov was famous for the Diana & Acteon pdd and often staged this and other great 1930s/40s acrobatic numbers for student groups. So?????
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