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Ballet in Olympic Opening CeremsZakharova, Vishneva, 'the two Vasilievs'


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:31 AM

Very beautiful opening cerems for the Sochi Winter Olympics. Lots of dance and ballet, including a 'Natasha's Ball (War & Peace) Ballet' set in 18th-C St. Petersburg, starring Svetlana Zakharova, Danil' Korsuntsev, and BOTH famous Vasilievs - Vladimir and Ivan. Also, Vishneva featured in a modern take on Swan Lake, wearing her 'Beauty in Motion' costume with the long beads and a hoop. (I did not quite 'get' it but the music was Swan Lake.)

 

Did anybody catch the name of the choreographer(s) for the various ballet portions?



#2 abatt

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:41 AM

No Lopatkina?



#3 volcanohunter

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:45 AM

According to the Bolshoi's site, "Natasha's Ball" was choreographed by Radu Poklitaru.

http://www.bolshoi.r...cles/2014/2846/



#4 Marga

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:51 PM

I am so happy to be seeing (and hearing) so much ballet and ballet music in the opening ceremonies. No matter what else one has to say about the politics of this Olympics, there has never been a more satisfying opening. No horrible rock music, no pop culture of the West, just the enduring popular culture of ballet and beautiful music in Europe.



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 05:51 PM

Ivan Vasiliev just tweeted a link to a brief clip of him in the opening ceremonies: 

 



#6 Swanilda8

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 06:31 AM

Sadly missed the ceremony and thus didn't get to see any of the ballet. Is the music for Vasiliev's clip right? He looks great, but the choreography seems spectacularly ill-matched to what's playing.



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:05 AM

George Tsypin's work for the opening ceremony reflected in large ways some of the design scheme he provided for Ratmansky's SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY last spring at ABT.

likewise, the beaded collar/aureole Moses Pendleton first devised for his troupe, Momix, and then reworked for Diana Vishneva's "Beauty in Motion" bill, was used to multiple effect(s) for the Swan Lake/dove-of-peace moment featuring Vishenva in Sochi.

the commentators mentioned Tsypin but not Pendleton.



#8 Amy Reusch

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:22 AM

Link with NY Times Momix review with image of the costume in question.  http://www.nytimes.c...eview.html?_r=0

 

 

I hear it was created for and premiered at the Fire Island Dance Festival benefiting "Dancers Responding to AIDS"?



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:00 PM

George Tsypin's work for the opening ceremony reflected in large ways some of the design scheme he provided for Ratmansky's SHOSTAKOVICH TRILOGY last spring at ABT.

I was wondering about the relationship between this and the Ratmansky, but hadn't looked up the references yet -- many thanks rg!



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 04:15 PM

I am so happy to be seeing (and hearing) so much ballet and ballet music in the opening ceremonies. No matter what else one has to say about the politics of this Olympics, there has never been a more satisfying opening. No horrible rock music, no pop culture of the West, just the enduring popular culture of ballet and beautiful music in Europe.



I agree - I have been watching the Olympics since 1976 and I would say this was probably the best Opening Ceremonies ever.

#11 Amy Reusch

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

I didn't realize Danny Esralow was involved... Certainly explains the Momix link...

http://www.latimes.c...y#axzz2snciFCRh

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:07 AM

I thought those designs in the opening ceremony looked very much like the designs from the Ratmansky triology.  Thanks for clarifying about the designer.

 

By the way, I have been watching the Team figure skating championship today on an alternate NBC channel and noticed that after Yulia Lipinskaya skated her long program for the team, they panned out to the audience.  I'm almost certain I saw Sergei Filin in the stands cheering.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:48 AM

Very beautiful opening cerems for the Sochi Winter Olympics. Lots of dance and ballet, including a 'Natasha's Ball (War & Peace) Ballet' set in 18th-C St. Petersburg, starring Svetlana Zakharova, Danil' Korsuntsev, and BOTH famous Vasilievs - Vladimir and Ivan. Also, Vishneva featured in a modern take on Swan Lake, wearing her 'Beauty in Motion' costume with the long beads and a hoop. (I did not quite 'get' it but the music was Swan Lake.)

 

Did anybody catch the name of the choreographer(s) for the various ballet portions?

 

Thank you very much for identifying all the dancers, Natalia! I recognized Diana, thought it was Danil and Ivan. Something about Svetlana's hair made me unsure if it was her, and I didn't know Vladimir.

 

Very pleased with how much ballet, opera, and classical music was part of the opening ceremony. A fitting and beautiful moment having The Firebird playing during the lighting of the Olympic Flame.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 11:18 AM

 

A fitting and beautiful moment having The Firebird playing during the lighting of the Olympic Flame.
 

 

I've always thought that section of the score works best for long, processional stuff.  I've seen it work really well during a grand defile, and it was an excellent choice here as well.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:29 PM

Abatt, I agree - it looked like Filin to me too!




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