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#136 Helene

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:52 AM

If the raked stage is closed down, and the company touring, wouldn't having a non raked studio better for the duration of the reconstruction?

Aside from the fact that the only stage on which the Mariinsky Ballet will perform in St. Petersburg during the reno -- unless Gergiev plans on taking over another stage that is raked -- it makes more sense for the studios in which they practice to be flat, at least in the short-term, so the dancers don't have to go back-and-forth. Long-term, though, I don't know how hard it would be to re-adjust to the rake after years of flat floors. (One of the reasons the Bolshoi reno took so long was that they found that the foundation was rotting, and who knows what they'll find when they open up the Mariinsky and how long the renos will take.)

The younger students need to get their foundations for performing on a raked stage; the ones closer to graduation will perform exclusively on flat floors for the beginning of their careers if they join the Company.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:55 PM

If the raked stage is closed down, and the company touring, wouldn't having a non raked studio better for the duration of the reconstruction?

I was unaware that once MT1 is restored, that Mariinsky Ballet will become a touring circus.
They already have a few acts in place
1. Contortionist act - Somova, Vasnetsova
2. Trampoline act - Ivkin
3. Duet aerials with the giant throwing the midget - Romanchikov, Martynuk
4. Pin the tail on the donkey - Fateyev
5. the world's most obnoxious musician - Gergiev .



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:10 PM

When's the MT1 renovation scheduled to start?  And how long the renovation is going to last (I assume the actual time will last at least 50% longer than the scheduled one)?



#139 Helene

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:22 PM

End of 2014 is the supposed start date. I haven't seen a timeline for expected completion.

Hence the school's concern about the timing of the Dorofeeva outster.

#140 abatt

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:24 PM

I hope NYC is a stop of the Mariinsky road tour during renovations.



#141 Tiara

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

 

If the raked stage is closed down, and the company touring, wouldn't having a non raked studio better for the duration of the reconstruction?

I was unaware that once MT1 is restored, that Mariinsky Ballet will become a touring circus.
They already have a few acts in place
1. Contortionist act - Somova, Vasnetsova
2. Trampoline act - Ivkin
3. Duet aerials with the giant throwing the midget - Romanchikov, Martynuk
4. Pin the tail on the donkey - Fateyev
5. the world's most obnoxious musician - Gergiev .

 

Not forgetting Don Quixote's horse, Sancho Panza's donkey who would also like to be considered for a novelty act, and the Bolshoi's Esmeralda goat would also like a new home.  



#142 Helene

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:32 PM

If the Mariinsky Ballet takes over the Academy's studios or finds alternate studio space in St. Petersburg, there will be no need for touring to increase.

#143 Jayne

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:02 PM

Maybe my memory is failing me, but I vaguely recall a statement by Acting AD Fatayev in an interview that the Mariinsky Ballet would increase touring of the various Russian provinces during the M1 reno.  Am I mis-remembering? 



#144 Helene

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:51 AM

The question would be, what would Fateev mean by increased touring?  Does it mean that the ~ half of the company that tours now will tour more, or more of the company will tour?



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 04:20 AM

As perhaps a somewhat brighter aside, where else in the world would a debate over the appointment of the head of a dance school actively involve the office of the president of the country ?


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:08 AM

As perhaps a somewhat brighter aside, where else in the world would a debate over the appointment of the head of a dance school actively involve the office of the president of the country ?


Unfortunately, this governance from above proves the Russia's addiction to totalitarianism. The top cultural institutions are treated as a part of the ruling Court.

#147 tamicute

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:56 AM

 

As perhaps a somewhat brighter aside, where else in the world would a debate over the appointment of the head of a dance school actively involve the office of the president of the country ?

 

It is not the bright side, but the dark side of the political situation in Russia. President Obama does not appoint the director of the Metropolitan Opera House, but President Putin in 1995 appointed his friend, Gergiev, as director of Mariinsky Theater. In 2000, Bolshoi director, Vladimir Vasiliev, the most famous Russian dancer, who did not defect, heard on the radio that Putin had issued the removal of Vasiliev as Bolshoi director. Recently, Putin ordered the removal of Iskanov as Bolshoi Theater director and many believe that it was Zakharova's influence on Putin, who caused Iskanov's removal. Lastly, Gergiev's influence with Putin, who appointed him as Mariinsky director, made Putin order the Ministry of Culture to remove the decades long director of Museum of Arts History, one of 3 insititutions which Gergiev desired to join with Mariinsky, under his control. Gergiev with the orders from Putin to the Minister of Culture, removed the director to the dismay of all employees and hired a director with no previous experience in the Arts. Now Gergiev, once again using the Minister of culture, under the orders of Putin, issued the removal of the Vaganova main director, Dorofeeva, and has Asylmuratova hanging in limbo.

You can see all of this story on Youtube in this video

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=iKtoH41hMTs

This video was put on the Vaganova website home page (or maybe Vaganova facebook page) by Mariinsky dancer, Ilya Kuznetsov, who has severely criticized Gergiev for his wrong doing.

 

Most definitely this does not show the bright side of Russia, but the evil dark side where great people in their positions are removed because of the desires of others who have close relationships with President Putin.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:39 AM

I can understand the political aspects that are being discussed here and  I don't mean to dismiss them. My point was mainly to call attention to the popular importance  and love of a particular art form in a particular country. 



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:53 AM

I can understand the political aspects that are being discussed here and  I don't mean to dismiss them. My point was mainly to call attention to the importance  and love of a particular art form in a particular country. 

It is not the love of an art form, but the reality that in Russia anything can be manipulated. As an example, there might be a wealthy and powerful businessman who operates a garbage service, who has a rival interfering with his dominance of that garbage business. If he has a strong friendship with Putin or any other high ranking politician, his rival will be removed from his position through a variety of possibilities. 
I would not consider that as the importance of the art form of garbage pickup in Russia, but political friends doing favors. That is all that is happening with ballet in Russia, but the key is that the arts are big money in Russia and likely to get Putin's attention.

#150 Amy Reusch

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:55 AM

I can't quote Buddy from this device, but reading his question was reminded of Napoleon's influence on the Paris Opera Ballet...

"Napoleon took control of the company in 1802 and with the declaration of the French Empire in 1804 renamed the company the Académie Impériale de Musique." ~ Wikipedia's Paris Opera entry


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