children in Russian ballet?
Posted 02 December 2001 - 09:39 AM
I have both the Kirov (1994) and the Bolshoi (1984) versions of Nutcracker and don't believe I saw any children at all.
Did Russian ballet consistently use children as Ms Dunning states?
Posted 02 December 2001 - 11:13 AM
Posted 02 December 2001 - 01:09 PM
re: the bolshoi and 'nutcracker.'
someone more conversant w/ soviet ballet history could enlighten us more fully, but it would seem that gorsky's 1919 'nutcracker' is the earliest bolshoi staging of the work, where i don't THINK children were involved. there is, however, a little footnote to the bolshoi's 'nutcracker' history with regard to children on film. this concerns the kirov-created 1934 vainonen prod., which the bolshoi staged in '39. there is enchanting footage, available on the 'magic of the bolshoi' video tape (and, in the UK, dvd), that documents the incomparable v.vasiliev and e.maximova, as STUDENT dancers, performing vainonen's 'pastorale' choreography to the score's 'merlitons' divertissement.
yuri grigorovich's well-known bolshoi staging from 1966 definitely uses adults in the roles of children.
Posted 02 December 2001 - 06:31 PM
While living in St. Petersburg I did see both school and company productions. In the company productions the students danced the fantasy figures at the opening of what we in the States call the 2nd act, as well as Mirliton. All other roles were performed by the company.
The children in the school perform constantly with the company. The young students do Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Giselle, etc. There are children's roles in most classical ballets. The older students do not have as many opportunities, but there are some. Also the students have their own performances in the school theatre annually. Each class has their demonstration consisting of variations, duets, pas de deux for the older ones, pas de trois, etc. There is also a mid-year production in Marinsky, which was Nutcracker the years I was there. As well as a year end program consisting of a class concert, variations and a finale of say second act Swan Lake or Shades from Bayadere, the years I was living there. The students also do international tours. In my time, they went to France in the winter and Japan every summer. I am sure they still go to Japan.
I am sure Andrei has more complete information consisting of his personal experience as a child. They are on stage constantly!
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