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What changes are required to the Mariinsky repertoire?

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Hi everyone.

In regards to how the Mariinsky repertoire has been suffering under Fateyev, I would like to hear everyone's opinion regarding what changes you all think need to be made to the repertoire.

What ballets would you all like to see removed? What productions do you think need to be replaced and/or changed? Are there any ballets/productions you would like to see brought to the Mariinsky theatre? And are there any that you feel should be brought back?

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My number 1 choice of ballet to remove from the Mariinsky repertoire is Le Parc. I can't stand it. Next would be Forsythe ballets.

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I would bring back the lovely Awakening of Flora. Not every year, but now and then I'd love to see it return to the stage!

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I would bring back the lovely Awakening of Flora. Not every year, but now and then I'd love to see it return to the stage!

Funny, that's actually still listed in the repertoire, but never danced these days. When was it last danced?

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I adore Le Parc, but can't imagine the Kirov doing it justice.

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Coppelia! Hard to believe but the Mariinsky doesn't have Coppelia in the repertoire.

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I think something they should add is La Fille mal Gardee......the Bolshoi does a version of it, the Mikhailovsky does the Ashton version, I believe, but the Mariinsky doesn't do any version of it. Since they have recently added Sylvia and Marguerite and Armand to their rep, I would think adding Ashton's La Fille would be a good idea.

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I would bring back the lovely Awakening of Flora. Not every year, but now and then I'd love to see it return to the stage!

Funny, that's actually still listed in the repertoire, but never danced these days. When was it last danced?

Oh, I didn't check, I thought it would've just disappeared from the repertoire, like the reconstructed Sleeping Beauty and Bayadère. That means it might be performed again some day, great. :)

Don't know when it was last performed, but it must've been a few years.

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Coppelia! Hard to believe but the Mariinsky doesn't have Coppelia in the repertoire.

I was about to make the same suggestion! From what I understand they haven't perform this classic ballet in years!! Unbelievable. And base on this youtube video of the Dawn variation I think Mariinsky version of this ballet would be wonderful.

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I think something they should add is La Fille mal Gardee......the Bolshoi does a version of it, the Mikhailovsky does the Ashton version, I believe, but the Mariinsky doesn't do any version of it. Since they have recently added Sylvia and Marguerite and Armand to their rep, I would think adding Ashton's La Fille would be a good idea.

Yeah they did have La Fille mal Gardee in the 90s and I think it was a reconstruction of the Petipa/Ivanov version. It was a big success, but it was removed from the repertoire shortly after the director who staged it left.

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I would bring back the lovely Awakening of Flora. Not every year, but now and then I'd love to see it return to the stage!

Funny, that's actually still listed in the repertoire, but never danced these days. When was it last danced?

Oh, I didn't check, I thought it would've just disappeared from the repertoire, like the reconstructed Sleeping Beauty and Bayadère. That means it might be performed again some day, great. smile.png

Don't know when it was last performed, but it must've been a few years.

I hope it will be performed again soon, it's absolutely beautiful! Petipa did wonders with 1 act ballets as well as full length ones! I would also like to see it recorded for DVD and I've even got my dream Mariinsky cast lined up in my head lol.

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I think something they should add is La Fille mal Gardee......the Bolshoi does a version of it, the Mikhailovsky does the Ashton version, I believe, but the Mariinsky doesn't do any version of it. Since they have recently added Sylvia and Marguerite and Armand to their rep, I would think adding Ashton's La Fille would be a good idea.

Yeah they did have La Fille mal Gardee in the 90s and I think it was a reconstruction of the Petipa/Ivanov version. It was a big success, but it was removed from the repertoire shortly after the director who staged it left.

Coppelia was in MT rep in 1990s, but La Fille Mal Gardee might not have been in rep since Russian Revolution, but not certain about when it disappeared from rep. However, the Russian Revolution caused the abandonment of many classics, most to never return.

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Yes to all the INs and OUTs on this list, and especially OUT to the truly DIRE Le Parc, Anna Karenina and Cinderella. Also Infra and all the other modern rubbish currently infiltrating the MT repertoire. I am British, and have to say I just feel ashamed that Russian audiences see so little of our best choreographers and get saddled with so much pretentious twaddle.- in my opinion. And I would also like to say that if cost/time is used as an excuse, there are many great Ashton and MacMillan ballets that are one act and wonderful for inclusion on a triple bill playbill.

My favourite MacMillan ballet is actually the beautiful short ballet, Winter Dreams, which is so apt for a Russian company and contains the most wonderful pas de deux at its heart, but Requiem and Gloria also are perfect short ballets that would be wonderful for MT dancers.

Ashton - there is a huge wealth of ballets, all of which would be perfect for MT. I have long wished to see the Mariinsky dancers with their fluidity and perfection of physique and line in the sublime simplicity of Monotones. And Symphonic Variations and Scenes de BAllet also would be great.

And, to bring in family audiences, Jazz Calendar is amusing and Les Patineurs is also comedic and lovely choreography. Even Tales of Beatrix Potter. THESE are family ballets and not the truly awful Ratmansky Cinderella.

I truly despair when I look at some of the awful choices that are served up on the MT playbill - and not just once but over and over again. Little Humpbacked Horse - WHY so many times in the season? Same goes for Carmen Suite.

Does NO-ONE at Mariinsky Theatre ever listen to public opinion? The answer is a Resounding NO.

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Honestly, there is only one significant ballerina role and one significant male role, so a dream cast does not really apply for this ballet, but it is a wonderful ballet for those two roles. Anyway, what is your dream cast for the DVD?


I would bring back the lovely Awakening of Flora. Not every year, but now and then I'd love to see it return to the stage!

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No actually, it does because when Petipa first staged The Awakening of Flora, he had some of his best dancers in all the roles. And yes, this would be my ideal cast for the DVD. smile.png

Honestly, there is only one significant ballerina role and one significant male role, so a dream cast does not really apply for this ballet, but it is a wonderful ballet for those two roles. Anyway, what is your dream cast for the DVD?

Although, two of the ballerinas who are part of my dream cast are currently on maternity leave, so they wouldn't be able to take part in any dream casting of mine right now lol.

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The issue isn't so much the main repertoire that's based on their primary specialty (Petipa's legacy). Nor is the issue

the recent acquisition of some Balanchine and Ashton masterpieces, or other important 20th century works. The problem is Fateyev's perpetual lack of a coherent vision and managerial gravitas which have already been covered in other threads in this

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IMO, there are many ballets that the Mariinsky needs to re-think, tweak and upgrade. Some of the other ballets in rep

they just need to get rid of. The company and the management's culture is conservative re it's heritage and legacy.

That said, the Sergeyev redactions of Petipa's classics and the Soviet rep that remain will most likely not be changed

any time in the near future.

The following ballets should be deleted from the rep:

  • The new "Sacre," choreography by Sacha Waltz.
  • "Presentiment of Spring," choreography by Yuri Smekalov.
  • "The Magic Nut," choreography by Donvena Pandoursky, (the prequel to the 'other' "Nutcracker," (choreography by Simonov, designs by Chemiakin).

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And I beg your pardon, I didn't read your question properly; sorry about that, but here is my dream cast for The Awakening of Flora and you are very welcome to give your opinion smile.png

Flora, the Goddess of the Spring - Ekaterina Osmolkina

Favonius, the God of the West Wind - Leonid Sarafanov

Luna, the Goddess of the Moon - Maria Shirinkina

Aquilon, the God of the North Wind - Vasily Tkachenko

Aurora, the Goddess of the Dawn - Anastasia Nikitina

Sol, the God of the Sun - Yuri Smekalov

Cupid, the God of Love - Oksana Marchuk

Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods - Alexei Timofeyev

Hebe, the Goddess of Youth - Yulia Stepanova

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Flora, the Goddess of the Spring - Ekaterina Osmolkina

Favonius, the God of the West Wind - Leonid Sarafanov

Luna, the Goddess of the Moon - Maria Shirinkina

Aquilon, the God of the North Wind - Vasily Tkachenko

Aurora, the Goddess of the Dawn - Anastasia Nikitina

Sol, the God of the Sun - Yuri Smekalov

Cupid, the God of Love - Oksana Marchuk

Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods - Alexei Timofeyev

Hebe, the Goddess of Youth - Yulia Stepanova

Sounds great to me! I like all those dancers to varying degrees and think they are all accomplished. One problem is that Sarafanov is no longer at the Mariinsky, but you probably know that. Maybe Fateyev would let him guest, but not sure about that. Osmolkina is a fabulous Flora. I can't wait until she is back on stage and hope she gets more roles! I would love to see that cast though.

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Sounds great to me! I like all those dancers to varying degrees and think they are all accomplished. One problem is that Sarafanov is no longer at the Mariinsky, but you probably know that. Maybe Fateyev would let him guest, but not sure about that. Osmolkina is a fabulous Flora. I can't wait until she is back on stage and hope she gets more roles! I would love to see that cast though.

Thanks Bart and yes, I know Sarafanov is no longer with the Mariinsky, but if we somehow managed to get rid of Fateyev any time soon, one thing I would do - if I was in a position to do so - would be to try and persuade Sarafanov to return to the Mariinsky. But having said that, if Fateyev did go any time soon, maybe Sarafanov wouldn't need persuading to return... who knows?

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And sign Lebedev up! He is amazing! I tell everyone to go see him!

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And sign Lebedev up! He is amazing! I tell everyone to go see him!

Will do! thumbsup.gif

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Indeed they should bring in Coppelia, but they should bring in the reconstruction staged by Sergei Vikharev - just have a look at the original Petipa variation for Dawn and you'll see why they need to bring back the ballet in its original form. smile.png

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Not so sure about the former Kirov Coppelia (based on that variation). The Bolshoi's production is lovely. Saw it when it was new with Osipova. Totally delicious. Wondered if the Mariinsky might consider doing Ratmansky's Shostakovitch Trilogy based on their relative success with Concerto DSCH. That would certainly go down well in London I think ... and, after all, it was (believe it or not) the Kirov (Mariinsky) who introduced London to JEWELS in 2008!!! Then we had another round of the same with the Bolshoi ... and now, of course, it is part of the Royal Ballet's rep (thankfully) To be fair the RB did have RUBIES first ... but it was removed by the Trust as not being suitable for the British Company. Now - with Osipova and McRae in the drivers seats - it is totally effervescent; the RUBIES that is. Nunez is also lovely in DIAMONDS. . Would love for the RB to have more Ratmansky - certainly those works which are considered his key ones. Got a feeling though that Kevin O'Hare is wanting original works from him .... but that, of course, leaves BRB .... which is grand .... and ENB ... who, I somehow suspect might not be able to afford it/them .... but then there may be individual patrons who could well be encouraged in that particular direction .... (but that's off this immediate topic).

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Hello! I'm new here but not shy about sharing my opinions. happy.png

The version danced by the fabulous Irina Shapchits was the first version of that variation I ever saw. Now viewing the version danced by Stashkevich, I'm underwhelmed. It seems pedestrian in contrast, as reconstructions tend to be, imo. The choreographer of the version danced by Shapchits seems to have breathed new life into it.

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