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Bolshoi 2014-15 cinema season


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#1 volcanohunter

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 02:27 PM

Oh no, Grigorovich overload!

 

October 26 - Legend of Love

November 23 - The Pharaoh's Daughter (repeat)

December 7 - La Bayadère (repeat)

December 21 - The Nutcracker

January 25 - Swan Lake

March 8 - Romeo & Juliet (repeat)

April 19 - Ivan the Terrible

 

Severely disappointing!

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 02:51 PM

Given that he was so spectacular in Spartacus ... I myself hope that Ivan the Terrible gets the full Bolshoi guest principal Ivan Vasiliev treatment.  I would imagine that could potentially be a treat and heaven knows I. Vasiliev is built for just these kind of roles.    



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:03 PM

He's never danced it, so that in itself makes his casting unlikely.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:18 PM

It's a disappointing line-up, but I wonder who will get Odette/Odile?



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:30 PM

I suspect that if Filin attempts to cast Smirnova over Zakharova, the Onegin brouhaha will look like a minor skirmish. Zakharova was pregnant the last time the ballet was filmed. I'm sorry if this means Alexandrova's version will not be getting a DVD release.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:32 PM

Is Zakharova's stock higher than Alexandrova's?  There's no Cranko stager getting between Filin and Swan Lake.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:42 PM

Not in my books, but so far Bel Air has not been releasing Alexandrova's performances on DVD, except when she played semi-second fiddle to Zakharova in La Bayadère.

 

Grigorovich is still with us, so the final say is his. We'll see who lobbies him more persuasively. Certainly Zakharova has the more powerful friends in high places.

 

This schedule puts Cineplex in an interesting bind, since they have been showing both the Royal and the Bolshoi. Which Swan Lake do they choose? I can't see them screening both.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 04:07 PM

The Royal showed their Swan this year -- perhaps they'll change their schedule and give us something else.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:47 PM

NO The Golden Age, still not ready?

 

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:32 PM

The Royal showed their Swan this year -- perhaps they'll change their schedule and give us something else.

 

When that Swan Lake with Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish was aired live in October 2012, Cineplex decided to pass on it, presumably because it had repeated the Bolshoi's Swan Lake during the previous season. Instead it showed the Fille mal gardée that had been filmed a half year earlier. Now Fille and both Swan Lakes are back for next season (and Cineplex had started its 2013-14 season with the Mariinsky's 3D Swan Lake). Personally, I have no problem with an annual screening of Swan Lake; I went to see a half dozen performances of the ballet last season. But from a scheduling standpoint this strikes me as really bad planning. It's been about ten years since the Royal last televised Ashton's Cinderella. They couldn't have done it instead?

 

We could really use that Winter's Tale.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:12 PM

As you point out in another thread, all the ballets the Royal is showing in their cinema program are repeats.  The gods know I love to see stuff multiple times, but with something like this limited resource, they might want to make different choices. 



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 05:01 AM

I doubt the Bolshoi and the Royal consult one another about their seasons!

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:27 AM

I doubt the Bolshoi and the Royal consult one another about their seasons!

 

Oh I know -- I'm thinking more about the decision to repeat a work they've broadcast recently.  In general, I'm wondering about the process of choosing which programs to broadcast through these second party projects.  Do the distributors have much input on content, and what do they think about their cinema audience and repeating repertory.  If the Royal is trying to brand itself in a larger audience, do they think that they're best served by Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, ballets that are performed by a number of companies, or by something more exclusive to themselves, like Fille or Manon?  Whatever you think of their Alice in Wonderland, it is theirs -- I'd be very happy to trade another go at Swan Lake for the Ashton program they've got next year...

 

But since this is the Bolshoi thread, we should probably take this particular sidelight to another location...



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:50 AM

It's foolish not to consider what other companies will be presenting. The market is very small. Today La Scala has effectively fallen out of it. The Paris Opera has seen its geographical reach shrink. Neither the Bolshoi nor the Royal is in a very secure position in North America.

 

Think back to the 2010-11 season when the Royal Ballet, the Bolshoi and the POB all launched headlong into the live-to-cinema market. We got two Nutcrackers (predictable, I guess), two Giselles (within the same week) and two Coppelias. At the time I think Emerging Pictures was presenting all of them in the U.S. That sort of glut couldn't have made for easy marketing.

 

This season the Royal Ballet arguably found a better deal with Fathom Events, which decided to augment its ballet presentations by reaching into the 2012-13 archives for Swan Lake and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, only to see those ballets programmed again for next season.

 

I hate to repeat myself, but if your Canadian distributor is faced with the prospect of two Swan Lakes, it's likely one of them is going to be dropped. Why take the chance that your company will be the one to be cut?

 

Distributors do have input into content, if only negative. Initially the Bolshoi's (French) distributor Pathé Live was also presenting the POB, but in 2012 Pathé opted not to renew the contract because it was unhappy with what the Paris Opera was offering for broadcast. http://www.tutti-mag...e-Pathe-Live-fr

 

(But they think a dreary Brezhnevite "aesthetic" is going to sell?)



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 12:07 PM


Distributors do have input into content, if only negative. Initially the Bolshoi's (French) distributor Pathé Live was also presenting the POB, but in 2012 Pathé opted not to renew the contract because it was unhappy with what the Paris Opera was offering for broadcast. http://www.tutti-mag...e-Pathe-Live-fr

 

(But they think a dreary Brezhnevite "aesthetic" is going to sell?)

 

Likely they're using attendance information from touring, if they do any research at all, and these were ballets that did well when the company was on the road.  And I'd go to see a broadcast, if someone in my area was showing them (this year we got the Royal stuff through Fathom).  We're still at the beginning of this new wrinkle on performance (your comments on the recent history are very germane) and so I think we'll see even more "let's try this" programming until they figure out what this format can actually accomplish and what they really want to do with it.  The Met is much further along on the learning curve, but I think they're lucky to be able to build on their long history of radio broadcast.




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