Kingdom of the Shades 1900
Posted 09 September 2002 - 08:58 PM
Posted 18 September 2002 - 09:08 AM
Posted 18 September 2002 - 09:48 AM
There are some differences in the Shades' entrance, once the corps is all on stage level in their lines.
Solor and Nikiya's first entrance/first pas de deux is not notated.
The third Shade variation (the one that is performed at slow tempo now) appears to have been danced at a pretty fast tempo, with jumps at the beginning rather than the slow developpes. The backward diagonal prior to the final pas de courou diagonal is also different in the notation - passes and single pirouettes.
The grand pas contains many differences, both for the principals and corps, including some unusual lifts.
Nikiya's variations is not notated. Ekaterina Vazem's memoirs state that the veil flew up in the air after the final arabesque - I wonder if this means the final arabesque of a certain sequence midway through the variation (maybe the same place at which Solor runs off with the veil in modern productions) or at the end of the variation. Karsavina confirmed the upward flying veil in her remembrances in Dancing Times in the 1960s. Her comments also confirm other difference between modern productions (specifically Nureyev's for the Royal) and what she danced while at the Maryinsky.
The coda is more elaborate for the corps and significantly different for Nikiya. The Kirov's notes stated that Nikiya's coda entrances had been restored. Could anyone describe the steps in her two entrees?
Posted 18 September 2002 - 04:16 PM
I can't comment except to say I'm stunned how much is NOT notated. I would presume that this either means the ballet was never out of repertory and thus well known, or one dancer or repetiteur knew the ballet so well it did not need to be notated.
Posted 18 September 2002 - 04:40 PM
Posted 18 September 2002 - 06:47 PM
I'm also sure that there were developees in the beginning, but I'm not sure about the ending.
Sorry I can't help more, but I don't know well enough the previous Kirov version to be able to compare the two.
Posted 18 September 2002 - 07:15 PM
Posted 19 September 2002 - 04:39 AM
Posted 19 September 2002 - 04:58 AM
Posted 19 September 2002 - 07:15 AM
How about Nikiya's coda? For her first entree in the coda, the notated steps include 3 saute arabesques with Solor walking behind her (rather than lifting her), followed by the lift with beats. This is repeated three times all on the same diagonal (takes less room becuse fewer lifts), rather than crossing the stage three times, as done today. This is followed by a number of steps performed in a manege - I think it is saut de basque, petit jete en tournant, grand jete - all done 3 times - followed by chaines turns. We usually see only tour jetes today.
Nikiya's second entree comes right down the center of the stage - sissonne arabesque - actually leaping onto pointe - followed by by rond de jambe en l'air. This combination is done very quickly and is repeated over and over to the alternate side. This is followed by a backward diagonal moving toward upstage left - two hops on pointe in fifth, hop to a flat-footed echappe (forgive my terminology here) and another hop to pointe in fifth. Repeated several times while travelling backward (reminds me of a similar step for the ballerina in SYMPHONY IN C, first movement). Then, grand emboites forward, followed by a double pirouette into Solor's arms, followed by a swoon (the position is notated) as, I believe, the curtain falls. At the very end, the corps comes running in from the sides, but their final positions aren't given (might be a semi-circle).
Any comments on what was performed by Nikiya in the coda?
Posted 19 September 2002 - 07:18 AM
Posted 19 September 2002 - 09:24 AM
I was interested to read all these responses, and realized I'd been (unintentionally) rude. I mentioned New Yorkers because the new/old production had so recently been in New York, but we have Kirov watchers from everywhere -- do any others have a piece of this puzzle?
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