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Devastated to hear of the death of one of the greatest figures in the ballet world, this is a terrible loss.

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Sergei Vikharev; the man who started the journey of reconstructing Petipa: devastating news, RIP Vikharev :(

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8 minutes ago, Mashinka said:

Devastated to hear of the death of one of the greatest figures in the ballet world, this is a terrible loss.

Such devastating news; what happened to him?

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I just heard, too. So sad. Only 55...and was working on new recons for Ekaterinburg + the revival of the Petipa Coppelia at the Bolshoi. Heard the news from Vaganova Today blog's FB. Maybe they'll update w/ details:

 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1868958386690110&id=1400884116830875

 

My condolences to Sergei Vikharev's family, friends and close-working associate in the reconstructions, Mr. Pavel Gerzhenson. 

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Only his death is in the public domain, not the cause, but I understand it was natural causes rather than an accident.

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Very sad to learn this news--a huge loss for the ballet world.

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Very sad news. His reconstructions were eye-opening.

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A loving tribute to the art of Sergei Vikharev & his collaborators, courtesy of "DarkDancer06"! It includes Tsarist-Era "grand ballet" excerpts from SLEEPING BEAUTY, RAYMONDA, COPPELIA and FLORA's AWAKENING:

 

 

Rest in Peace, Sergei Vikharev. Absolutely the most satisfying and complete restorer of Marius Petipa's grand ballets. The most luxurious. The most faithful to Imperial Russia of the Tsars! No "El Cheapo" productions associated with Sergei Vikharev...ever! GOD SAVE THE MEMORY OF TSAR OF BALLET RECONSTRUCTION!

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Natalia said:

A loving tribute to the art of Sergei Vikharev & his collaborators. Tsarist-Era "grand ballet" excerpts from SLEEPING BEAUTY, RAYMONDA, COPPELIA and FLORA's AWAKENING

I made that tribute video to Vikharev; it was the least I could for him. Thanks Natalia for posting it here.

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37 minutes ago, Amy said:

I made that tribute video to Vikharev; it was the least I could for him. Thanks Natalia for posting it here.

 

Bless you, Amy. (So you are "DarkDancer06"!) Below is an excerpt from another grand Vikharev recon not included in the compilation - BAYADERE:

 

 

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6 hours ago, Natalia said:

A loving tribute to the art of Sergei Vikharev & his collaborators, courtesy of "DarkDancer06"! It includes Tsarist-Era "grand ballet" excerpts from SLEEPING BEAUTY, RAYMONDA, COPPELIA and FLORA's AWAKENING:

 

 

Rest in Peace, Sergei Vikharev. Absolutely the most satisfying and complete restorer of Marius Petipa's grand ballets. The most luxurious. The most faithful to Imperial Russia of the Tsars! No "El Cheapo" productions associated with Sergei Vikharev...ever! GOD SAVE THE MEMORY OF TSAR OF BALLET RECONSTRUCTION!

 

 

 

 

Definitely no El Cheapo with the revivalist of so many Imperial era gems.  Vikharev's passing is quite a tremendous loss for all of us lovers of the Tsarist era ballet splendor.  Ironically we can now see that much of his great effort to bring back ballet the way it was intended to be presented...as a grand spectacle where scenery and costume designs were as important as the dance itself, current management at the Mariinsky-(where many of this works were created)-insists on reverting his labor of love by dropping his productions and substituing then with Soviet era truncated mockeries-(eg. Bayadere).  Hopefully some day Vikharev's productions will grace the Russian stage again. 

RIP

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6 hours ago, Mme. Hermine said:

Well done, Amy!!!!!!!

 

 

5 hours ago, Natalia said:

 

Bless you, Amy. (So you are "DarkDancer06"!) Below is an excerpt from another grand Vikharev recon not included in the compilation - BAYADERE:

 

Thank you ladies and yes Natalia, I am DarkDancer06.

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Well said, Cubanmiamiboy! At least Vikharev is seen on some Russian stages, including the Bolshoi, Ekaterinburg & Novosibirsk...just not at the Mariinsky. :unsure:  That won't happen until the colleagues, students & followers of K. Sergeyev & Dudinskaya pass on...and a lot of them remain and wield influence (and include great artists that we've loved for a long time). Re-read Tim Scholl's Sleeping Beauty: A Legend in Progress...as I did on the bus to NY this morn. 

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My admiration for Vikharev is endless, not only he was the very first mastermind that reconstructed Petipa's authentic work, and he did so in the most hostile of environments, pretty much all of Saint Petersburg was against the reconstructions, the Mariinsky ballet masters and dancers often sabotaged his work, Vikharev would reconstruct, teach them the original choreography for a variation but once on stage the dancers would simply perform the Soviet versions, certain "sacred cows" actually cried when Vikharev's reconstructions premiered at the Mariinsky.....gosh they really brought the heavy artillery trying to make him stop,  but they couldn't stop him, what an incredibly brave man, he keept reconstructing. I suppose all those ballet masters and dancers are happy now, they had a gem they didn't appreciate but heroes are always reinvindicadet, Vikharev reconstructed Petipa's work in the most hostile of environments but not only he did it FIRST, he also did it BEST. What a man. 


What is unnaceptable now is reading the "condolences" from the dancers that made his life an inferno, or from people like Ratmansky, seriously, hipocresy has no limits, I'm so glad Kuznetsova pointed that out in the obituary she wrote (which i'd post next)
But haters gonna hate, they will have to live with it, Sergey made history, not only he did it FIRST, he also did it BEST. 


Today the world is a lesser place than it was yesterday, Sergey's death is a tragedy. But we can find comfort in the beauty of his work, in the meaningfulness of it, and in the fact that he made history.

 

Here is a fantastic interview with Ismene Brown in which Vikharev talks about the struggles of reconstructing in Saint Petersburg and other things, and yes Sergey, you and your team made history. Thank you for that ?

http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/reconstructing-ballets-past-2-master-restorer-sergei-vikharev

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Kuznetsova just wrote the most sincere and beautiful obituary I have ever read:

https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3317258

 

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his reconstruction of the "La Bayadere" in the theater was taken with hostility

 

 

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By the end of his performing career, another gift of Vikharev was manifested: he turned out to be an amazing teacher capable of turning a bear into a butterfly.

 


 

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At home, his unique talents were in demand by hardly a third, but the coming anniversary of Petipa in 2018 promised to break this regrettable practice. Already this autumn the Bolshoi Theater invited Vikharev to restore his exemplary Coppelia, and a year later he was to become one of the directors of the grand jubilee gala of the Bolshoi. Now Petipa's holidays will be taken by followers (and, in part, opponents) of Vikharev, Yuri Burlaka and Alexei Ratmansky, who also work with Sergeyev's records and restore the appearance of the ancient ballets. True, the first of them is excessively pedantic, and the latter is too keen on the choreographic side of the matter. So we will no longer have extravaganza

 

 

and she ends the article like this, because she had to make me cry even more:(

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the ballet magician disappeared from this world with one leap - immeasurable and final.

 

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17 hours ago, Natalia said:

Rest in Peace, Sergei Vikharev. Absolutely the most satisfying and complete restorer of Marius Petipa's grand ballets. The most luxurious. The most faithful to Imperial Russia of the Tsars! No "El Cheapo" productions associated with Sergei Vikharev...ever! GOD SAVE THE MEMORY OF TSAR OF BALLET RECONSTRUCTION!

 

 

AMEN AME AMEN!!!!!!

 

 

 

here some videos of Seryozha the dancer 

 

 

 

And here the trio of Sergeyev and Dudinskaya's pupils, Vikharev being a top graduate and a favorite of Sergeyev and Shapchits and Kullk being Dudinskaya's faves

 

 

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Well, finally all I have to say is Bon voyage Sergei!!! infinite Thanks!!!, I will continue to study the notations in order to honor your memory, HEROE!

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I'm devastated to learn of Seriozha's passing.  He was courageous.  He staged Petipa's reconstructions in a Theatre which didn't appreciate him, or his efforts.

Through it all, he never lost his pleasant personality, or his love for life.  Nor was he dissuaded, discouraged or deterred from his goals.  RIP Sergei Vikharev.  

You will be sorely missed :crying:.  

 

 

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Just wanted to thank you, Gnossie, for putting the Markitenka (La Vivandiere) video on this thread.  Vikharev was such a great dancer, and so much to be admired for all his work on reconstructions of ballets, coaching, teaching, and of course as a dancer - so much... but for me, when I think of him dancing, it is in this piece that I remember him the most.  I have watched it on video so many times over the years, since I also love Pankova.  I love both of them in this piece.  Thank you... 

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Thank you for the Kommersant link, Gnossie. I'm glad that Kuznetsova had the courage to write truths about the oppositions to the recons in the MT (esp. Bayaderka, one of several Vikharev-recon premieres that I had the honor of attending).  Indeed, it's amusing how certain hypocrites crawl out of the woodwork. 

 

Yessss, Vikharev was a wonderful dancer, too! I will especially remember him in Balanchine's Bizet/Symph in C but all of the above excerpts are great, too.

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16 hours ago, MadameP said:

 

Just wanted to thank you, Gnossie, for putting the Markitenka

 

You're welcome sweetie, I love La Vivandiere too, and Seryozha and Yelena were just perfect for it.
 

2 hours ago, Natalia said:
2 hours ago, Natalia said:

Thank you for the Kommersant link, Gnossie. I'm glad that Kuznetsova had the courage to write truths about the oppositions to the recons in the MT (esp. Bayaderka, one of several Vikharev-recon premieres that I had the honor of attending).  Indeed, it's amusing how certain hypocrites crawl out of the woodwork. 

 

 

I too attended the Bayaderka recon premier (and the second performance with my beloved Pavlenko) it was my first night at the Mariinsky, my father had a very heated disscucion with a local who ranted and ranted about how it was a disgrace and a disrespect to Sergeyev, "What about the disrespect Petipa has been suffering with all those VULGAR soviet versions that nothing have to do with the French Master's work"  my father answered........ the local almost had a stroke:D

 

 

Anything "after Petipa" ahould be baned by law, so many people thinks the stories are stupid, that they don't make sense, that something is missing and Indeed, in everything "post Petipa" Petipa doesn't make sense, since the choreography is often vulgar, there's no mime, and the story is cut, everything "after Petipa" is tiny scaled, vulgar and forgettable.

With Vikharev's reconstructions of Petipa's authentic work EVERYTHING makes sense. The mime, the choreo, the sets, the costumes, the billions of extras, the LUXURY just as Petipa created it, I really don't think there are enough words to thank the man who reconstructed what in his own words was "a pasthoral movement in the arts" The temple destruction in Bayaderka's 4 act, the pas de trois with Nikiya's ombre interfering, the flower basket handed to Gamzatti...it all makes sense, or in La Belle, the prologue, The vision scene with aurora dancing for real instead of jumping all around the stage , the APOTHEOSIS, I want to watch Le Reveil du Flore every single day, it's as Vikharev used to say "a beautiful Fabergé", You must be death inside if you don't smile with Coppelia, and Raymonda, oh Raymonda, the most luxurios, detailed, GRAND reconstruction of them all. His passing at only 56 it's frustrating and life is just not fair, how many people that have made so much damage to the arts are still alive and well but is the genius of Seryozha the one who dies so young is beyond despairing for me.

 


I also attended the Raymonda premier too, gosh, I'm crying as I write,  the 300 extras in the first scene, the 8 million nymphs and fairies in the vision scene!, then cour'd amour with other 5 million extras......the white lady "blinding" Abderakhm........... That was Vikharev's greatest thriumph, reconstruting Raymonda, entirely, whitout sabotages, without stupid dancers and ballet masters denying to dance what they were told, at La Scala everyone collaborated and I will NEVER forget the moment in which Vikharev and his team came on sage to take a bow, and they got the biggest ovation of the night and Vikharev lifted his arms as if he had just won an olympic gold medal, and it was something like that, he had told Ismene Brown a couple of months before: "I lost the battle but I havent lost the war", and that night at La Scala, with Raymonda FULLY reconstructed and FILMED for posterity, Sergei Vikharev won the war. 

 

 

 

 

At this point I can only hope Vaziev will invite Gershenzon to mount/supervise one of Vikharev's recons at the Bolshoi for the Petipa Jubillee.

 

 


PS: I apologize for the typos!

 

 

 

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