New/old La Bayadère at the Maryinsky
Posted 24 May 2002 - 01:49 AM
This production is reconstructing the choreography (based on the notations by Nikolai Sergeyev), the sets and costumes of the 1900 version of "La Bayadère". It also has the 4th Act, missing from the Russian versions since the Revolution, restored.
As with the earlier revivals of "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Petrushka" by the Maryinsky, the project is supervised by Sergei Vikharev.
Interesting to note that "La Bayadère" was created in 1877.
The new/old "Bayadère" will tour to New York in July and to Paris in October.
Posted 24 May 2002 - 07:33 AM
My understanding is that Daria Pavlenko has been tapped to dance the premiere Nikiya & frequent-guest-from-Bolshoi, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, will be Solor. [Wowee...how could I be do lucky?! NT is DA BOMB...] Not quite sure who is dancing the first Gamzatti...do you know, Marc?
I'll be posting a full review here &, of course, look forward to exchanging opinions with all Alertniks who will be attending.
Also have tix for Manon, Corsaire, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Vaganova Acad graduation plus Beauty at the Maly. Counting down to White Nights on the Neva...
Posted 24 May 2002 - 07:48 AM
Posted 24 May 2002 - 07:49 AM
Gamzatti is supposed to be danced by Elvira Tarassova.
Choreography for Nikiya is allegedly little changed - Gamzatti and Solor are quite different.
Posted 24 May 2002 - 08:24 AM
Thanks, Marc. I am *delighted* to hear that it *may* be Tarassova as Gamzatti. You know how much I admire her!! As you write, casting is not 100-percent sure until the blue-and-gold curtain rises. Even the printed programme is usually replete with errors.
Posted 24 May 2002 - 08:37 AM
Posted 24 May 2002 - 09:56 AM
No Golden Idol listed on the poster???? Well, that was a ca-1941 creation by Nikolai Zubkovsky (grand-dad of today's young character dancer by the same name)...but a lot of folks are disappointed. Other additions from the 1941 version (mainly by Vachtang Chabukiani & a few by K. Sergeyev) are also out. I heard that they're retaining the famous 'Solor variation' of Chabukiani, though (otherwise, there would be no bravura variation for the lead male, I suppose???).
This is going to be interesting.
Posted 24 May 2002 - 11:16 AM
Posted 24 May 2002 - 12:35 PM
I would analyze the current, odd situation among the Mariinsky's own wonderful male dancers, vis-a-vis this premiere, but...I won't. Suffice it to say that, among the taller principals, Igor Zelensky is injured and Ilya Kuznetsov is slated to dance Des Grieux in 'Manon' two days after Bayadere, which makes him unavailable for this.
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