Bolshoi at the Bolshoi - PLISETSKAYA DANCES!
Posted 04 December 2002 - 03:51 AM
I feel privileged to have been there and wished to share with all of you.
Volochkova & Ivanchenko were fine, too. But what an act to follow!
Blessings on this holiday season - from Russia, with Love!
Posted 04 December 2002 - 03:59 AM
Posted 04 December 2002 - 05:41 AM
Posted 05 December 2002 - 03:06 PM
Posted 10 December 2002 - 01:54 PM
I was troubled - have always been - by Anastasia Volockova's supermodel-primping personna, so I don't easily give her any sort of praise. But I stand by my brief comment: she was 'fine' that night. Nothing more - nothing less. The bravo-shouting hordes obviously thought that she was more than 'fine.'
WHAT REALLY BUGGED ME - Where the heck did her long flouncy costume, for the final scene, come from??? I don't recall that glamour-puss dress in the Alonso or Plisetskaya films. La Volochkova is notorious for her own extra-glitter costumes!
Posted 11 December 2002 - 06:45 AM
It took me some time to distinguish between genuine enthusiastic applause and the noise created by these rather sinister people, but I'm now quite well attuned to the Bolshoi audience and able to differentiate between the two.
According to a newspaper article I read a few years ago in the UK, the Bolshoi claque operates on two levels, offering its services to provide over-long and over-loud applause to artists prepared to pay for this or, more unpleasantly, threatening to disrupt the performances of those that don't. Examples of this disruption included a broom being thrown onto the stage and an alarm clock being set off in the auditorium.
I personally had a brush with one of these people two years ago when a rather unkempt man barged into the box I was sharing with two friends during the Polovtsian act of the opera Price Igor. He loudly and ostentatiously cheered and applauded the woman singing the role of Konchakovna (she was dreadful), as did several of his "comrades" from strategic areas of the auditorium. Unfortunately neither my friends nor myself had sufficient Russian to deal with this man effectively and it was as well that we didn't seek help from a member of the theatre staff, as apparently the staff is known to frequently collude with them.
By the way this is not something I've ever witnessed in the UK and I'm told it is unheard of in the US also.
Posted 12 December 2002 - 04:12 AM
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