Gamzatti's variation (from "Bayadere")
Posted 17 February 2003 - 05:41 AM
1) the variation is danced as from "Don Quixote" (by Nina Ananiashvili in a video called "The magic of Bolshoi ballet" in an Asaf Messerer gala around 1980)
2) I saw it danced as the Corsaire's female variation at a recent performance of Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentini which I recently attended, in which Julio Bocca danced Conrad, Hernan Piquin danced Ali and Maria Ricetto from ABT danced Medora. And, as far as I know, in Corsaire's score there are various composers EXCEPT Minkus.
3) the variation is danced as Gamzatti in:
- Paris Opera ballet video (Elisabeth Platel dances Gamzatti)
- Royal Ballet (Darcey Bussell as Gamzatti)
- Kirov Ballet (Tatiana Terekova as Gamzatti)
Which one is the TRUE one?? I am very puzzled!!! Cause I want to dance it at a gala, and I want to be right on the credits of the music.
Posted 17 February 2003 - 03:49 PM
Hope it'll help a bit.
Posted 17 February 2003 - 03:52 PM
Posted 18 February 2003 - 04:51 AM
Have you seen the Bayadere at the Paris Opera? I see that you live in Paris, that's why I ask.
Posted 18 February 2003 - 05:05 AM
Posted 18 February 2003 - 05:41 AM
Your imagery of the "loose leaf" is very appropriate - I can clearly picture in my mind the conductor taking off the leaf of the original score and replacing it with another.
But, if I am not mistaken, I believe that in Black Swan pas de deux some of the music is by Drigo (the coda, I wud guess??) - I also believe that the Black Swan pas de deux belongs to the first act in the original score????
Posted 18 February 2003 - 07:32 AM
Yes, I live in Paris (or rather on the outskirts, but I often go to see the Paris Opera Ballet) and have seen La Bayadere by the Paris Opera in 1999 with Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez and Marie-Agnes Gillot. Only, I didn't realise how lucky I was and didn't know who they were (it was the first time I went to the Opera, I have been doing ballet for many years, but my interest for ballet itself, not just doing it, started just a bit before then) and I had seats as far back as you can get, so I didn't see much. I never the less spent a wonderful evening. But, I have the DVD of it with Elisabeth Platel, Isabelle Guérin and Laurent Hilaire and it is magnificent. I have also recently seen a documentary about that version on TV (it's called "Reves d'étoiles" and it's a series of documentaries of about 90 minutes on Nureyev's ballets which show extracts,show how the dancers practise it, how the choreography was made, why it is this way... basically explain Nureyev's version) and it was very interesting. According to it, Nureyev kept the original choreography for that variation, and it is very difficult technically, the kind of movements for Gamzatti are totally different than the ones for Nikiya which is more expressive, while this varaition is pure technique.
About Swan Lake, the traditionally used music for the Black Swan Pas-de-deux is from act one, but some choreographers also use the music from the original pas-de-six from act three (Nureyev used the fifth variation from it for Odile , at least in the version he did for the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and some use its coda too), and some others also use the music which has been used for the Tchaikovsky Pas -de-deux by Balanchine, which was apparently meant for Swan Lake, but was never integrated in it. Some even mix the musics from the different pas-de-deux. I wouldn't be able to specify who used what exactly though, I have seen so many different versions of Swan Lake (Nureyev, Bourmeister, Bruhn, Ek, Bart...). About Drigo, according to the programme, it is Siegfried's variation in what was the pas-de-deux inact one and has become the pas-de-deux in act three (it's all so complicated!) that he composed after Marius Petipa asked him to.
Posted 18 February 2003 - 07:40 AM
Posted 18 February 2003 - 08:01 AM
su-lian, what a privilege to have seen the POB - it must be one of the very best companies in the world. I mean, I absolutely love the Russians, but French are so feminine, and have such a good footwork.
Posted 18 February 2003 - 08:12 AM
Posted 18 February 2003 - 11:52 AM
Wud you say that if I put "music by Minkus" in the credits wud be ok?
Posted 18 February 2003 - 12:18 PM
Posted 18 February 2003 - 12:22 PM
thanks a lot for your help, both to you and to su-lin
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