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Summer 2014 DC tour: Giselle (Grigorovich)


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:36 AM

We finally know what the Bolshoi Ballet will be performing in DC next summer: Giselle. (Giselle also being performed by the Washington Ballet earlier in the season....so 'meh.') Well, at least there's a small chance that we might see Obraztsova in the lead.

http://www.kennedy-c...ts/?event=BOBSF

#2 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:44 PM

C'mon Natasha, "meh?!" LUCKY YOU to have all those Giselles..! .Posted Image

#3 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

Someone influential at the KC must adore Giselle. 4 productions in 4 years.

#4 abatt

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:51 AM

Casting announced for KC engagement. 

 

http://artsbeat.blog...-tour/?ref=arts



#5 volcanohunter

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:30 AM

Macaulay seems to have all sorts of trouble writing that little item. First he gets the month wrong, then he confuses Svetlana Zakharova with Polina Semionova. Oh dear, oh dear.

 

But if I understand correctly, at the moment it looks like this.

 

May 20, 22 - Svetlana Zakhrova / David Hallberg / Ekaterina Shipulina / Vitaly Biktimirov

May 21 - Anna Nikulina / Artem Ovcharenko / Maria Allash / Denis Savin

May 23, 24e - Ekaterina Krysanova / Ruslan Skvortsov / Anna Leonova / Denis Savin

May 24m - Anna Nikulina / Artem Ovcharenko / Ekaterina Shipulina / Vitaly Biktimirov

May 25 - Anna Nikulina / Artem Ovcharenko / Maria Allash / Vitaly Biktimirov

 

Not that there's the slightest guarantee it'll stay that way.

 

Edited to add Myrthas and Hanses.

http://www.kennedy-c...ts/?event=BOBSF



#6 abatt

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:33 AM

This wasn't written by AM.  I pointed out these 2 mistakes in a post in the comment section, and the underling who wrote up the item thanked me for the corrections.  You will see the corrections now appear at the end of the item.

 

By the way, what are the various merits of these casts? 



#7 volcanohunter

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 11:41 AM

It does have his name on it.

 

I think all the dancers are matched up well, the third pairing having the most dramatic talent, and also the greatest size discrepancy.



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Posted 15 January 2014 - 07:47 PM

Why is Gudanov not listed on this tour?



#9 volcanohunter

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 10:36 PM

Gudanov has toured very rarely with the company in recent years. I couldn't tell you why. Last summer in London was an exception, and initially he wasn't announced for that tour either.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:07 AM

According to the Kennedy Center's own website, opening night is to be danced by someone called Svetlana Makharova [sic]!

#11 kbarber

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 04:18 AM

Bizarrely, the Kennedy Center website also refers to Hilarion as "Hans".
Also, it says it's staged by Grigorovich (as does this thread), but the credits for the production on the Bolshoi website don't mention Grigorovich anywhere:
Libretto by Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges
Production: Vladimir Vasiliev
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Mauris Petipa, Alexander Gorsky, Leonid Lavrovsky, Vladimir Vasiliev
Set Designer: Sergei Barkhin
Costume Designer: Hubert de Givanchi
Philippe Venet participating
Music Director: Algis Zhuraytis
Adviser: Galina Ulanova
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Sokolov

(How ironic is it that the Bolshoi misspells Petipa's first name???!!!)

#12 Birdsall

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:34 AM

Russian companies do use Hans instead of Hilarion. At least the Mariinsky does, and it looks like the Bolshoi does too. I think the Bolshoi has two versions of Giselle also.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:53 AM

According to the Kennedy Center's own website, opening night is to be danced by someone called Svetlana Makharova [sic]!

 

Thanks for the laugher.  happy.png



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:55 AM

No Obraztsova?



#15 volcanohunter

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:38 AM

Russian companies do use Hans instead of Hilarion. At least the Mariinsky does, and it looks like the Bolshoi does too. I think the Bolshoi has two versions of Giselle also.

 

Exactly. The Grigorovich version is performed at the main theater--and fetches 9,000 RUB for orchestra tickets--while the Vasiliev version continues to be performed at the new theater--for the comparative bargain price of 4,000 RUB. In photos they're easy enough to tell apart because in Grigorovich's version Giselle wears a white and blue dress in Act 1, while she is dressed in a yellow skirt in Vasiliev's production. (The latter is more historically accurate, since blue dye was outrageously expensive in the old days, though the traditional blue dress helps the character stand out on stage.) It so happens that the Kennedy Center has posted photos primarily from the Vasiliev production, but the site, as noted, is pretty sloppy with these things; at least the typing errors seem to have been corrected.

 

Most Russian productions call the gamekeeper Hans (or Gans in Russian). Vasiliev's production is one of the few to call him Hilarion (Illarion in Russian).




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