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What changes are required to the Mariinsky repertoire?


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#46 Amy

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 05:42 PM

In general I don't approve of companies jettisoning their heritage, so while I am not a great fan of Lavrovsky's version, I wouldn`t like to see the Mariinsky drop it. Likewise, I wasn't especially persuaded by Frederick Ashton's version when I saw it, but it is important in having been created outside the influence of Lavrovsky, and I am sorry it has no home today.

 

However, I didn't see the Mariinsky's recent London performances of Romeo and Juliet, which came in for a fair amount of criticism, so I can't really judge whether it's become too creaky.

Oh thanks goodness, somebody else who knows ballet companies should not be jettisoning their heritage! Volcanohunter - you are my star! Thank you darling!!!

 

At least the Royal Ballet is staying true to their heritage whereas the Mariinsky... not so much... People seem to think that the Mariinsky's true heritage is the Soviet-era, but it's actually 19th century Imperial Russia.



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 06:44 PM

I thought the Lavrosky version (which I saw the Bolshoi dance over a decade ago when they had it in their repertory) had many remarkable qualities it would be a shame to lose. I prefered it to Macmillan's which, like Helene, I find "mind numbingly" dull.  If the Mariinsky can keep it alive, then they they should. I agree in that respect, too, with volcanohunter and Amy -- companies shouldn't just jettison their heritage. I do think that some Soviet ballet is part of the Mariinsky's heritage alongside nineteenth-century imperial Russian ballet which hardly comes down to us in un-Soviet-adulterated form.

 

Putting the original question a little differently: is the Lavrosky's creakiness really inevitable? Maybe, but maybe not with the right dancers and direction and I would want to hope the company could give it the attention it needed.

 

Atlanta ballet danced Maillot's last year and will dance it again this year. in my opinion, it was a good choice for the company--better than the company's previous R&J (by Michael Pink).



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 08:30 PM

I don't think the Royal Ballet is staying true to its heritage:  Ashton just about shriveled up and died there.



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Posted 28 October 2014 - 10:07 PM

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.
 

This is the Vinogradov Coppelia choreographed in the early '90's (I have the DVD). Maybe when he left as AD, he took it with him?

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 10:20 PM

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


I love Shapchits, too! But she came in just as the "basketball player" aesthetic was taking hold at MT. Unfortunate. I wonder where she is now (somewhere in the West, I believe).

#51 Mashinka

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Posted Yesterday, 02:24 AM

Sadly Helene is right, but the flame still flickers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, their recent revival of Helpmann's  Miracle in the Gorbals showed that heritage still matters to David Bintley.



#52 Amy

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Posted Yesterday, 03:41 AM

I thought the Lavrosky version (which I saw the Bolshoi dance over a decade ago when they had it in their repertory) had many remarkable qualities it would be a shame to lose. I prefered it to Macmillan's which, like Helene, I find "mind numbingly" dull.  If the Mariinsky can keep it alive, then they they should. I agree in that respect, too, with volcanohunter and Amy -- companies shouldn't just jettison their heritage. I do think that some Soviet ballet is part of the Mariinsky's heritage alongside nineteenth-century imperial Russian ballet which hardly comes down to us in un-Soviet-adulterated form.

 

Putting the original question a little differently: is the Lavrosky's creakiness really inevitable? Maybe, but maybe not with the right dancers and direction and I would want to hope the company could give it the attention it needed.

 

Atlanta ballet danced Maillot's last year and will dance it again this year. in my opinion, it was a good choice for the company--better than the company's previous R&J (by Michael Pink).

Yeah, some of the Soviet ballets are also part of the Mariinsky heritage and some of them are really lovely. I did enjoy Lavrovsky's R&J, although I can see why the British critics found fault with it - they also said it was the lead dancers who saved the version, so it's clearly thanks to the dancers that it goes well every time the Mariinsky performs it.

 

Maybe rather than replacing it altogether, someone could instead take a leaf out of Petipa's book and revive it? Make some changes in places where it does feel necessary?



#53 Amy

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Posted Yesterday, 03:47 AM

I don't think the Royal Ballet is staying true to its heritage:  Ashton just about shriveled up and died there.

Maybe you're right - they do still dance his works, but even now, it's really difficult to get a proper hold of his style and technique.



#54 Lidewij

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Posted Today, 01:35 AM

I love Shapchits, too! But she came in just as the "basketball player" aesthetic was taking hold at MT. Unfortunate. I wonder where she is now (somewhere in the West, I believe).


I believe she is teaching in Portugal now. She is known under her husbands' name (Irina Zavialova)


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