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  1. volcanohunter

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    I am not in the least bit surprised, but that doesn't make it any less of a travesty.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Certainly more sensible than destroying unwanted productions. I have often wondered what became of Luisa Spinatelli's sets and costumes from Makarova's short-lived production of The Sleeping Beauty for the Royal Ballet. Peter Walker's designs from 1977 proved to be especially enduring. The Royal Ballet replaced that production in 1994, but I saw those sets and costumes on stage in 2010, rented from their owner at the time, the Boston Ballet. I have also seen the costumes from ABT's Giselle used far from New York. I can certainly imagine how thrilling it would be to go out on stage in Baryshnikov's former costume.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Sometimes companies will hold on to physical productions they no longer perform and continue to profit by them. Several years ago the National Ballet of Canada replaced, unfortunately, Cranko's Romeo and Juliet with Ratmansky's new version. But it held on to the sets and costumes for the former and continues to rent them out, for example, to Ballet West. The Bolshoi hasn't performed Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris since before the main theater was closed for renovation, but it rented the sets and costumes to La Scala when that company performed the ballet in 2013,
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Medea would be the original infanticidal play. It has had many musical and choreographic incarnations. Exactly how the murders are depicted will vary a great deal, but obviously they are central to the plot in each instance. Ashton's Marguerite and Armand is also rated 12+, and it's a rather different ballet of wax. The Mariinsky's age ratings are more lax than the Bolshoi's, where La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake and even The Pharaoh's Daughter are rated 12+, but in any case, the criteria used are opaque, and I'm not sure the ratings are all that helpful, especially if Simonov's gawd-awful Nutcracker, with its chorus of dead children, is rated 6+.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    The National Ballet of Canada is still using costumes from 1972 in its production of The Sleeping Beauty, though I imagine that the ostrich feathers in Georgiadis' elaborate headdresses have been replaced several times. How often on social media do you see photos posted by dancers awed at wearing a costume once used by a legend? Generations' worth of dancers' names are often marked on the tags.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Both Ratmansky and Fullington wrote about the Paquita sets being destroyed. Neither wrote anything about the costumes. Sadly, there is no indication that the sets were destroyed in order to be replaced by new ones. The posts suggest that the production will no longer be performed. That's a huge pity, since the world isn't exactly drowning in full-length Paquitas. That it should have been discarded during the Petipa bicentenary is particularly shameful. This is the year that the fruits of Liška's Petipa project should have been displayed front and center, not thrown onto the rubbish heap. But I am very pleased to learn that the Burlaka/Medvedev Nutcracker is returning to Berlin. If it were to return as a full-on choreographic reconstruction, that would be even better!
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I now find myself wondering and worrying about the fate of the physical production of the Burlaka/Medvedev Nutcracker in Berlin, which was dumped from the repertoire when Duato became director.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    The dancers who left Munich upon Zelensky's arrival were primarily principals and first soloists, not the ones who would have been dancing in the corps of the third act of Paquita.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    How awful! So when the company announced on Twitter in April 2016 that the ballet was being performed "for the very last time," it was serious, despite assurances to the contrary. How horribly unenlightened Igor Zelensky's leadership is. My heavens, he couldn't have sold the production to another company?!! Thank you for the link to the video. At least that has been preserved.
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    Petipa Gala

    It's ironic that the list of "world ballet stars" invited by Vaziev includes Friedemann Vogel (b. 1979), Marcelo Gomes (b. 1979), Lucia Lacarra (b. 1975), Manuel Legris (b. 1964), Alessandra Ferri (b. 1963) and Isabelle Guerin (b. 1961), while within the Bolshoi Vaziev has demoted Maria Alexandrova (b. 1978), Maria Allash (b. 1976) and Nina Kaptsova (b. 1978), driven out Dmitry Gudanov (b. 1975) and is doing his level best to sideline company dancers who are in their mid to late thirties by giving them too little to do.
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    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    So for some reason during the 2014-15 season Filin was able to program 21 performances of Swan Lake, including six on tour, but mysterious forces limit Vaziev to programming only ten performances of Swan Lake, including three on tour. This despite the fact that the ballet is the most popular in the company's repertoire, routinely sells out the day tickets go on sale, and Muscovite audiences can't possibly be happy to have so few opportunities to see it. I find the second half of your sentence untenable. Filin was frequently accused of favoritism, but a dispassionate analysis of casting shows that he distributed opportunities to dance Swan Lake quite equitably. Whereas under Vaziev his preferred casts get three performances of the ballet each, while most interpreters of Odette-Odile and Siegfried don't get to dance it at all. And we are expected to believe that Vaziev is somehow powerless to rectify this situation? If Filin managed to be fair, why on earth can't Vaziev swing it?
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    2017-18 season

    Now that the National Ballet of Canada has posted casting for Frame by Frame, it seemed a good opportunity to post Norman McLaren's seminal dance films.
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    Petipa Gala

    It is. A crying shame. For Grigorovich's 90th birthday, the Bolshoi presented a two-month festival during which it performed only his ballets and after-Petipa productions. That it couldn't manage at least as much for Petipa's bicentenary is disgraceful.
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    Petipa Gala

    That's the problem, in all likelihood. It may not be possible to get the backdrop and set back to Moscow in time. They're too big to be flown. My guess is they're being trucked to China and back.
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    Petipa Gala

    It would be ironic if the Royal Ballet's new production of Swan Lake were to ditch most of the Petipa. The Bolshoi's gala on May 31 and June 1 was originally advertised as "Marius Petipa: In Commemoration of the Bicentenary. World Ballet Stars Gala Concert." Says so in the 242nd season booklet. I guess they're hoping audiences will have forgotten about that, or won't care as long as Zakharova appears, not dancing Petipa.
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