The Canteen Keeper (La Vivandiere)
Posted 28 January 2003 - 06:19 PM
At that time (1975) I was under the impression that the "Pas de Six from La Vivandiere" had been lost and that Saint-Leon's notes had been recently discovered and translated by Guest into Labanotation, and also by Pierre Lacotte into which system I do not know.
Is the Kirov version taught by Lacotte? If not, when did the Kirov Ballet start dancing "La Vivandiere"? Before 1975?
Does anyone know what year Sizova retired? I think she may have stopped dancing because of an injury.
Posted 28 January 2003 - 06:49 PM
Arthur St.-Léon published his book Stenochoreographie in 1852, and used his own notation system to record the Vivandière pas de six. Anne Hutchinson Guest has interpreted the stick-figure system that St.-Léon used to record his work one way, and Pierre Lacotte has interpreted it another. There may be others. I don't know whose version was used by the Kirov, but I agree with you that it isn't the Guest/Grandy reconstruction.
PS. I rummaged about a bit and found that the Kirov does indeed use the Lacotte version. When he made the reconstruction, I don't know. Anybody?
Posted 12 July 2003 - 10:23 AM
Posted 28 July 2003 - 06:00 AM
is one of these the DancingTimes article you remembered?
Guest, Ann Hutchinson.
Title :Saint-Léon revived.
The dancing times. London. Nov 1976, p 81-82. illus
The author describes the process of transcribing the choreography from Saint-Léon's notation for the Pas de six from La vivandière, and her experiences teaching it to the Joffrey II Company.
Guest, Ann Hutchinson.
Title :Vivandière for the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet.
The dancing times. London. Mar 1982, p 424-425. illus
About the author's reconstruction of the Pas de six from Saint-Léon's La vivandière.
Posted 28 July 2003 - 08:46 AM
of course, it's listed in BAllet 101, the INVALUABLE book by Robert Greskovic (every dance library should have it) -- the Kirov in London, 1988; her partner was Sergei Vikarev.
Posted 28 July 2003 - 09:11 AM
Posted 28 July 2003 - 11:49 AM
Paul, I agree whole-heartedly with you about Pankova's vivandiere (if indeed she IS the markitenka!). Such wonderful stage-skimming ballon--just like the lithograph of Lucille Grahn in Eoline. Did you know that some of the music for that pas de six is by Nadaud? It's very seldom acknowledged in the credits, but Ivor Guest has assured me that this is the case.
Posted 28 July 2003 - 09:59 PM
Posted 29 July 2003 - 03:31 AM
Anyway, we have established that Pugni would take popular tunes and incorporate them into his ballet music. So did Drigo for that matter in "Les Millions d'Arlequin" when he has people dancing to "Malbrouck s'en va t'en Guerre", although it seems to be used in its later guise as "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow"!
Posted 29 July 2003 - 04:12 AM
Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:38 AM
Hans, I have only seen Sizova in a film of Beauty, and thought her radiant and possessed of an excellent jump--but there was something about her line that troubled me. I can't remember what it was--only that I had tea with my brother in the Company Gardens after the screening, and mentioning it to him. His response was that I was a veritable little Procrustes, always wanting to chop and change the bodies that were given me instead of accepting them gratefully!
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