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#1 kbarber

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:53 AM

Casting for the live broadcast of Ratmansky's Lost Illusions from the Bolshoi, Sunday February 2:

Lucien, a young composer Vladislav Lantratov
Coralie, Paris Opera danser Diana Vishneva
Florine, Paris Opera danser Ekaterina Shipulina
The First Danser (Youth, Robber's Leader) Artem Ovcharenko
Camusot, a banker, Coralie's patron Yegor Simachev
Duke, Florine's patron Alexander Fadeyechev
Berenice, Coralie's servant Anna Antropova
Friends to Lucien Chinara Alizade
Yuri Baranov
Yegor Khromushin
Anna Rebetskaya
Ballet Master Yan Godovsky
Director of the Theatre Ilya Vorontsov
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A Servant Anastasia Vinokur
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Coachman Vasily Zhidkov

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:18 AM

Thanks for the casting. Does anyone know if this is going to start at 10AM in New York, like the recent Jewels broadcast.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:23 PM

Here's a great photo by Marc Haegeman of Vishneva and Lantratov rehearsing on stage:

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for the casting. Does anyone know if this is going to start at 10AM in New York, like the recent Jewels broadcast.

 

At the moment it appears that neither Lost Illusions nor Marco Spada will be seen live in New York, though they are scheduled to be screened at Lehman College in the Bronx about a month later.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:55 PM

Is this a problem of the distributing firms?  Down here in south Florida, Emerging Cinemas -- which distributes the Bolshoi films -- doesn't seem to have developed a strong theater network.  Jewels last Sunday was available only in one small cinema in my county, or at least as far as I could tell after time-consuming internet searches.  On the other hand, the Royal's Giselle -- distributed by Fandango, which also distributes Met HD/Live down here and therefore already must have a large mailing list -- got good theater placement in two  multiplexes, theaters which already do a good business with Met HD/Live.  One's less than two miles from our house!  (Performance time here is 7:00 Monday evening.) 
 
Getting back to Lost Illusions:  it will be great to see Vishneva again.  Also, I'm a Balzac fan, so am very much looking forward to what  Ratmansky was able to preserve from the complicated and dense story lines and vast cast of characters in Lost Illusions.  Based on the cast list, he seems to have deleted two of the most important characters in the novel, a best friend and his sister who represent the good influences that are a big part of his early proviincial life but then are dropped by him when he hits Paris.  The original Lucien is an aspiring poet who turns into a literary hack.  It probably makes more sense presenting him as a composer, as Ratmansky does, since there is little visual or musical interest in watching someone miming scribbling at his desk.



#6 kbarber

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:19 PM

I've posted synopses of the novel and the ballet here:
http://toursenlair.b...-illusions.html

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:25 AM

I have been doing some homework for ballet Lost Illusions and looking forward to seeing it, because this ballet is so mysterious to me. innocent.gif

IMO, ballet, especially classical ballet is an art to tell simple stories by leaving time and space for colorful entertaining dances. To tell complicated and confused stories is movie's job, in which people can talk, use close-up cinematography, even technical/special effects, …. I am really curious to see how Ratmansky "blends thwarted love, ambition and disillusionment with 19th century Paris as a backdrop" in ballet.  

I had read many Balzac's novels, including this one - Lost Illusions, when I was very very young. I like Balzac's stories in his La Comédie Humaine, but I got lost in his "Lost Illusions" thoroughly. I was too young, too simple and naive, lack of life experience to know the complexity of human nature.

I used google-translation to read reviews from newspapers and other forums. It seemed that Ratmansky’s Lost Illusions didn't get "warm acceptance" at Paris during Bolshoi's tour two weeks ago, especially for this couple of stars going to be in Bolshoi's broadcasting.

I will try my best to drive another 1.5 hours to see ballet Lost Illusions on HD screen, if the weather is cooperated. My driving of last Sunday for Bolshoi's Jewels was so hard that was in complete darkness, PLUS heavy fog, ……

I am always wondering why Bolshoi and Ratmansky picked up Balzac's Lost Illusions for ballet. Didn't they try Tolstoy's "War & Peace", or Ethel Lilian Voynich's "The Gadfly"?  The Gadfly was extremely popular in Soviet time. Voynich was living on copyright paid by Soviet in her late years. The music in movie The Gadfly was composed by Shostakovich! That is so beautiful and magic. IF he would have made another ballet music, …… wub.png 

 
 



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Posted 23 January 2014 - 10:13 AM

i'm not sure if this point has made already on this site, but if not, f.y.i. Ratmansky's LOST ILLUSIONS is another of his remakes of earlier earlier soviet ballets, in this case a 1936 ballet by Zakharov with music by Asafiev, created ostensibly for Ulanova, who danced the leading role of Coralie.
 
NYPL cat. listing for the ballet's '36 credits:
Lost illusions: Original title: Utrachennye illiuzii. Chor: Rostislav Zakharov; mus: Boris Asaf'yev; lib: Vladimir Dmitriev after Balzac's Les illusions perdues; scen: Vladimir Dmitriev. First perf: Leningrad, Kirov Theater, Dec 31, 1936, Kirov Ballet (Company)


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 11:04 AM

Thanks, rg, I seemed to have missed the information that Lost Illusions is a remake of a Soviet era ballet.  I'm glad to know this now.  Balzac, for some reason, always was a favorite of the Soviets, possibly because his humans are so strongly controlled by economic circumstances ("material conditions," as Marx puts it).  So, with Balzac, you can have sex, despicable rich people, gorgeous sets, and the glamour of wealth and power (ultimately false and destroying), all of it consistent with Marxian analysis.



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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:27 AM

this just in from the press rep. (no further information beyond what's stated here.)

f.y.i.

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Without warning or notice to either Pathe Live or Emerging Pictures, BIG Manhattan Cinemas, the Manhattan venue for the LIVE HD performances of the Bolshoi Ballet, closed its doors at the end of last week.

 

Though a strenuous effort was made, no Manhattan venue could be equipped with a server/satellite in time to make this Sunday’s broadcast of “Lost Illusions” possible.

 

While the LIVE HD broadcast will proceed as planned in other venues across the country, it will not be available in Manhattan.

 

The March 30th broadcast of the Bolshoi’s production of “Marco Spada” is on track and, by then, a Manhattan venue should be fitted out with the necessary equipment.

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#11 Helene

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 02:45 PM

Thank you for the news, rg, however sad.



#12 volcanohunter

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:51 PM

I guess Symphony Space was unavailable or uninterested.

 

The ballet will be shown in the U.S. at 50+ Carmike Cinemas locations. http://www.carmike.c...imes/movie/3133 In addition, Ballet in Cinema says it will be screened live or same-day at The Screen in Sante Fe, Boedecker Theater in Boulder, three Harkins Theatres locations in Arizona, The Crest in Los Angeles, Movies of Delray (Beach, FL), Regency Theatres - South Coast Village, Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA, Tropic Cinema in Key West, Rose Theatre in Port Townsend, WA, Silverspot Cinema in Naples, FL, Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center in Newport, RI, Baxter Avenue Theaters Filmworks in Louisville and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

 

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:53 PM

Damn -- too bad!



#14 yudi

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:15 PM

NO Bolshoi ballet HD-broadcast in theaters on Manhattan? That sounds bizarre! I am wondering why ...... innocent.gif

One thing I have noticed is that some of the movie theaters, where I am used to seeing the artistic movies, foreign movies and etc., are really small and old. They may not have the modern digital HD trans equipments or capital to offer the show. However, the theaters that have the high-tech equipments may not be interested in ballet. Hm, What the hell is that? Ballet Lost Illusions? Never heard of this! …… dunno.gif

 



#15 volcanohunter

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

This may not mean anything at all, but in the first of their two scheduled performances the film cast of Vishneva-Lantratov-Shipulina has been replaced by Stashkevich-Lopatin-Meskova. So for the moment Anastasia Stashkevich is dancing Coralie four days in a row, and there will be no backup footage of Vishneva et al.




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