Posted 02 November 2002 - 12:50 AM
Posted 02 November 2002 - 05:00 AM
Posted 02 November 2002 - 09:16 AM
the Pas d'esclave, where the ballerina is unwound from her veiled costume by her partner, has music by one one Prince Oldenbourg. (that was the credit given when baryshnikov's abt first presented the duet w/ a. gudonov and s. jaffe (in her surprise debut), as staged by diana joffe in 1980 - this is the pas de deux for gulnare and lankedem in the slave market and something of a highlight staple w/ soviet ballet (a touring troupe led by vyacheslav gordeyev used to perform it as an excerpt). it never gained as much popularity outside russia as the ali/medora pas de deux made famous in the west by nureyev (and fonteyn), which is said to have been composed by drigo, interpolated for legnani in petipa's 1900(?) restagings of his multi-act ballet. (mindy aloff's notes on the pbs site for the abt 'corsaire' telecast, which i've printed out, but which may still be on line, confirm the ident. of the medora/ail (+ conrad) pas as being to the music of drigo, info. no doubt gained from a.m.holmes thru her connections to soviet ballet via dudinskaya.)
abt's press kit for its current CORSAIRE production still gives the name of Prince Oldenbourg for its pas d'esclave.
who knows if we'll ever know any of this for certain.
maybe wiley's upcoming book on petipa will spell out some things w/ more certainty.
Posted 02 November 2002 - 12:42 PM
Posted 02 November 2002 - 11:56 PM
Posted 03 November 2002 - 06:29 AM
we'll post news if/when we find anything firm.
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