3rd International Ballet Festival at the Mariinsky
Posted 22 January 2003 - 04:21 AM
Of course, Jeannie, I agree, one always has to see it first with one's own eyes before judging. Yet, in this case, my mouth only opened in disbelief that such a production ever made it to the Mariinsky stage. There used to be a Maly theatre for the more experimental works. But maybe it's because I still associate ballet with choreography, while there isn't any worth mentioning in this "Nutcracker".
Posted 22 January 2003 - 07:18 AM
* the parade of fairy tale characters in the 1898 'Sleeping Beauty'
* the parade of Egyptians in Act II of Lacotte's reconstruction of 'Fille du Pharaon'
* the parade at the start of Act II, sc ii of the 1900 'Bayaderka'
* the parade of national dancers at the start of Act IV of 'Little Humpbacked Horse'
I could go on and on and on.
Who cared whether or not Marie Petipa could do triple pirouette? Who cared about the number of entrechats that Pavel Gerdt could perform? They were models of physical elegance, reflecting the restrained manners of the Romanov Court, the patrons of it all.
Promenading & showing-off magnificent costumes and glamour *was* a huge part of the ballet....and I say 'bravo!' to the Gergiev/Vaziyev team for fostering the return of pure-magnificence to the glorious stage of the Imperial Mariinsky Theater!
Belikolepna! Izumitelna! Chudesna! Ochien prekrasna!
Posted 22 January 2003 - 08:27 AM
Posted 23 January 2003 - 12:33 PM
Posted 24 January 2003 - 02:05 PM
I find it a bit odd that there will be two Bayaderes. I bet that may change, in time, as the idea in these festivals is to vary the repertoire so that we see a different offering every night.
As for Nederlands Dance Theater on one night, my first thought was "Thank Goodness this is the night of the figure skating Grand Prix Finals across town!" [No offense to NDT, a top modern dance -- not ballet -- company.]
Posted 26 January 2003 - 02:35 PM
Posted 27 January 2003 - 08:46 AM
I'm still betting that one of the two Bayaderes will be changed to a 'Sleeping Beauty' or heaven-knows-what.
Posted 27 January 2003 - 09:14 AM
Posted 01 February 2003 - 04:19 AM
Posted 03 February 2003 - 09:09 AM
The final Gala performance will be dedicated to Rudolf Nureyev.
Posted 04 February 2003 - 02:06 AM
* "Jewels" on 25 Feb. will be danced by Paris Opera soloists (Emeralds), Whelan-Woetzel (Rubies), Pavlenko-Korsuntsev (Diamonds).
* "Manon" on 28 Feb. is danced by Zakharova-Malakhov
* "Swan Lake" on March 1 is danced by Kowroski-Korsuntsev
* the closing gala on March 2 consists of "Bella figura"(Nederlands Dans Theater); a divertissement; "Raymonda" Act III (Letestu-Martinez)
Posted 04 February 2003 - 07:57 AM
Posted 09 February 2003 - 03:06 PM
The Festival is becoming a , as we say in Russia, a "soap bubble".