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Diaghilev Exhibition in DC (May 12-Sep 2, 2013)

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There have been several free performances on the mezzanine level of the museum In conjunction with the exhibition. That flat space open to any passersby, and in front of large, only partially blocked windows that let the sun shine into the audiences' eyes, is absolutely the most uncongenial space I've ever seen dance in, but the two performances of two ballets by Kirov Academy students (most of them just summer students at that) were a treat well worth a long drive anyhow. Artistic Director Martin Fredman, who told us this was his last day on the job, was a gracious and funny and slightly naughty host.

Here is Afternoon of a Faun with, naturally, a slightly toned down ending.
And here is the Firebird PDD.
For anyone not familiar with these dances, the background noise is not part of the scores!

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. . . Artistic Director Martin Fredman, who told us this was his last day on the job, was a gracious and funny and slightly naughty host. . . .

Just curious: at the public presentation, did Freedman himself say anything about what he's doing next? (I'm not asking for gossip or speculation - just whether he himself said anything to the public audience at this event.)

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. . . Artistic Director Martin Fredman, who told us this was his last day on the job, was a gracious and funny and slightly naughty host. . . .

Just curious: at the public presentation, did Freedman himself say anything about what he's doing next? (I'm not asking for gossip or speculation - just whether he himself said anything to the public audience at this event.)

No, not a word.

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I'd be curious to know who staged and/or coached the Faun.

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Sandi, it was Nikoloz Makhateli, who's now the boys' teacher at KAB. (The dancer in the youtube video is Emerson Moose. The Firebird is Riho Sakamoto, who's only 15.)

The ending is from a tape of Lifar dancing the role, I was told.

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It was indeed fabulous. Saw this exhibit in London at the Victoria and Albert a couple of years ago (take four boxes of Kleenex), and it has just about everything relevant. Great films of Karsavina, personal effects, etc. etc. If you care anything about dance history GO NOW...! Auntie Lynn in SF

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It was indeed fabulous. Saw this exhibit in London at the Victoria and Albert a couple of years ago (take four boxes of Kleenex), and it has just about everything relevant. Great films of Karsavina, personal effects, etc. etc. If you care anything about dance history GO NOW...! Auntie Lynn in SF

And if you can't get there, the one-hour documentary and the huge catalog (both for sale at great prices on Amazon) are also fabulous.

http://www.amazon.com/Serge-Diaghilev-Ballet-Russes-Swinton/dp/B00CLUME24/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1377541186&sr=8-2&keywords=Diaghilev

http://www.amazon.com/Diaghilev-Golden-Ballets-Russes-1909-1929/dp/1851777490/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1377541227&sr=8-3&keywords=Diaghilev

(Be sure to go through the Amazon box at the bottom of the page, so Ballet Alert earns some revenue.)

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