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Bringing Balanchine to the BolshoiFormer Balanchine dancer Sandra Jennings discusses setting "Serenade" on the Bolshoi Ballet.


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#1 pherank

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

I'm not certain if this video has been linked to before, but in case anyone is interested:



#2 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 11:44 PM

How interesting the detail of Russell having staged a previous, little different version of the ballet. I wonder what the differences are...

#3 sandik

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:14 AM

Balanchine tinkered with Serenade several times during his life -- some of the changes were substantial (sections added and shifted) and some were smaller. Tobi Tobias talks about watching that process over time in her recent review of NYCB. Russell was one of the first official representatives of Balanchine to stage work in Russia (she set Theme and Variations and I believe Ballet Imperial in the 1980s at the Kirov) and has told some pretty vivid stories about the experience. In general, she stages the version of the ballet that she knows from her performing tenure in the 50s and 60s.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

Thank you for linking to this... I enjoy to see clips of Serenade it looks truly beautiful, I have never had the opportunity to see it performed sadly.


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