la Fille du Pharaon
Posted 13 October 2002 - 06:54 PM
Posted 13 October 2002 - 07:53 PM
Posted 14 October 2002 - 02:19 AM
It is true, however, that when Gennadi Rozhdestvensky became director of the theatre in the summer of 2000, the ballet wasn't performed and it was even said that it would be dropped altogether. The reason given was that maestro Rozhdestvensky didn't like the score. Luckily that didn't happen. Rozhdestvensky has in the meantime left the building, but "Pharaonka" is still there.
Posted 14 October 2002 - 04:44 AM
Posted 14 October 2002 - 11:19 PM
Posted 14 October 2002 - 11:43 PM
Pierre Lacotte will revive Pugni’s “Ondine” for the Maryinsky this season.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 12:27 AM
Mel - in order to clarify, the choreographic script of DAUGHTER OF PHARAOH lies in the Harvard Theatre Collection (and partially in my closet). In the end, Lacotte decided to create his own choreography, save for one or two brief dances, so his production is a pastiche "in the style of..."
I wonder why Lacotte preferred to create his own choreography rather than using the original one. Do you know why? Didn't he like the style of the original work? Was it too difficult for today's dancers to get used to that style?
Posted 15 October 2002 - 03:14 AM
Posted 15 October 2002 - 03:24 AM
Now, that would provide a reason to drop the current production in order to install one closer to the notated version.
I hope you are not serious about dropping the thing, Mel Did you ever see the Lacotte version? It's one of the marvels of today's Bolshoi.
Pierre Lacotte always said there didn't survive enough of the original to revive an authentic version, but Doug is the best man to tell us more about this.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 03:48 AM
Posted 15 October 2002 - 03:52 AM
The people working there were very kind to show me many sections of these notation scores and then for dessert they brought out a character shoe of Marie Taglioni.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 06:46 AM
Frankly, I also don't blame Lacotte for not basing his version of PHARAOH on the notation. He doesn't read the notation, so it would have ended up not really being his production. But certainly, a more "authentic" (realizing that word is a Pandora's box in itself) version is possible. But Lacotte's is probably more exciting to watch for today's audience.
My colleague and I recreated the river variations and some of the (I believe) Act II divert dances. Only bits and pieces were actually used by Lacotte. I found the river variations fascinating. Even in Sergeyev's hand (which regularly includes wrong time signatures and a very quirky sort of shorthand for certain steps), the choreography was actually quite clear - these are character variations (very little pointe work though the ballerinas wore pointe shoes) and a lot of fun.
Posted 17 October 2002 - 07:10 AM
Posted 18 October 2002 - 03:00 AM
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