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Understood, Gnossie. Dudinskaya was still alive; she passed away six months after the "new/old" Bayadere premiere. I saw her in the hallways of the theater and she seemed very sad. I could understand the sadness, even though I much preferred then, as now, the Vikharev reconstructions.

 

Everything would be solved if the Soviet-era works - which, to me, display their own unique beauty - would be appropriately credited as being "K. Sergeyev after M. Petipa" or "Chabukiani after Petipa," or etc. The "older guard" should stop insisting that the Soviet versions are pure and true Petipa. 

 

p.s. Like you, I was at the premiere of Raymonda in Milan.  And at one of the first Coppelias in Moscow (Sunday matinee w/ Osipova). And Flora in StP...and Lacotte's premieres in Paris & StP...Ratmansky's Swan in your city. Will PM you. Stay strong.

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3 hours ago, Natalia said:

Everything would be solved if the Soviet-era works - which, to me, display their own unique beauty - would be appropriately credited as being "K. Sergeyev after M. Petipa" or "Chabukiani after Petipa," or etc. The "older guard" should stop insisting that the Soviet versions are pure and true Petipa. 

 

 

If the soviet versions were credited to their real choreographers I wouln't hate them AS MUCH, I don't like them but I understand that many like them and that's fine but my biggest problem is when the Mariinsky old guard not only many times say those versions are true Petipa, some even dare to say that those versions are "Better" than Petipa (again, read the interview with Vikharev and Ismene Brown on the prevoius page) lord help me, anyone with a little of knowledge can tell how very little of true Petipa there is at the Mariinsky, the soviet productions are exactly that, Soviet, Marius Alphonse would have never choreographed such vulgar, boring, insipid productions, but it's not just that, they removed ALL the magic (mime,decor, etc etc etc) I understand why the Act 4 was removed from Bayaderka, why the White Lady was removed from Raymonda, but it's 2017 already so It's time to leave those changes behind, I understand why Saint Petersburgers would feel sad to see the productions they grew up with go, but it's beyond that, those people are either brainwashed or they have less knowledged about ballet than certain "profesional dance critics" of today, It's not nuclear physics, it's actually very simple to know that Petipa would have NEVER IN THE LIFE choreographed the boring atrocity we see in the soviet versions, people really danced in Petipa's time, they didn't just jump around in the most simplistic, insipid, boring ways, and the costumes and decor were as stunning as the dance itself, I just can't take anything labeled as "after Petipa" I can't. I can't comprehend how can anyone see a truncated Bayaderka after seeing the reconstruction of the real Bayaderka, nor can I understand how anyone can see any versions of Raymonda after seeing the reconstruction, I need my 6 billions extras, I need the mime, the decor and the pure French classicism of THE Master, but of course not everyone is as radical as I am, which is kind of good because most people don't have to suffer as much as I do! Being a die hard classicist ain't easy!


But back to topic: Bravo Vikharev Forever! a brilliant brilliant brilliant BRILLIANT mind (and most kind man) with the skills and guts necessary to do what no one did before: reconstruct in full glory Petipa's real work, and proved to do it better than anyone else now that recons have become so "fashionable" but Vikharev and only Vikharev could do justice to Petipa, as I said before "Vikharev not only did it first, he also did it Best" and as Natalia said : "GOD SAVE THE MEMORY OF THE TSAR OF BALLET RECONSTRUCTIONS!"


I think it will (unfortunately) actually take some years for a (shamefully) big part of the ballet community to understand, apreciate and realize how crucial, important and miraculous Vikharev's work was/is/always will be in the history of ballet.

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Gnossie, I suspect that the reason why lots of the ornamentation & details of the original productions were lost was financial. Only a handful of enormous, state-funded theatres could ever produce the Vikharev reconstructions as intended, with the luxurious natural-fabric costumes and the hand-painted multi-layered drop scenery. Those five great Vikharev productions (Beauty, Bayadere, Flora, Coppelia & Raymonda...the FabFive) have spoiled us forever. Once you've seen the highest quality, it's hard to go back to El Cheapo, no matter how great the staging or the quality of the dancers. Once you've driven a Porsche, are you be happy with a Chevy? (How I long to see ABT's Sleeping Beauty in the Mariinsky natural-fabric costumes & sets...banish the La-Z Boy thrones forever! But that will likely not happen.)

 

It's too soon after Vikharev's passing to know if his current commissions for Ekaterinburg and Moscow may be picked up by someone else. If such news may come, please report here. For now, we continue to mourn.

 

 

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You realize that what makes a ballet live is not the fabrics and the sets, but the choreography right? 

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1 hour ago, canbelto said:

You realize that what makes a ballet live is not the fabrics and the sets, but the choreography right? 

:thumbsup: Right. Certainly for the Balanchine "Black & White" works. 

 

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Vikharev's productions (only two of which I saw live--Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia) were revelations and, in part, I agree, because of the return to original 'imperial era' sets and costumes.  The sheer splendor of the Vikharev Sleeping Beauty was crucial to its impact--and the chance to see how Petipa's choreography looked in the context of those splendors which, after all, were important to him (and the ballet's other creators) when he choreographed.

 

But Petipa's choreography, however truncated or revised, has survived to enthrall audiences because it has a formal beauty and imaginative seriousness that surpasses any particular production or, in some cases, surpasses even the stories being expressed. (That's one reason he himself could move variations from one work to another.) Because of that choreographic greatness, his ballets are much more than nostalgic luxury items or celebrations of absolutism. (That was more or less Wendy Perron's objection to ABT's investment in the Ratmansky Sleeping Beauty reconstruction.) The reason I want to see the "original" choreography, as best that can be revived and even, on at least some occasions, the original productions--sets, costumes etc.--is because of the greatness of the dancing.

 

A special word of love for the Vikharev Coppelia: I thought that production an unalloyed--and a smashing--success. The Bolshoi dancers danced it as if it had been created for THEM--the whole thing was so alive!  At the same time they didn't seem to me to be pushing against the spirit of the work; they just made this "reconstruction" seem the most natural thing in the world, and the very opposite of a museum piece. (I don't know what specialists thought and I was blessed with outstanding casts.) The three evenings I saw this production in London, with Osipova as Swanilda and Yanin as Coppelius for two of them, make up some of the very happiest memories of my ballet going life. Thank you Sergei Vikharev!!

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13 hours ago, canbelto said:

You realize that what makes a ballet live is not the fabrics and the sets, but the choreography right? 

If the question is directed to me, then you didn't read my rants properly because my biggest complaints with the "after petipa" productions are the awful choreographic changes.

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A facebook page in honor of Vikharev has been created, there are A LOT of videos, incuding a 30 minute interview on Russian Television about reconstruting ballet and a video of Vikharev's birthday at the Mariinsky last february, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Sergei-Vikharev-Сергей-Вихарев-451471395211704/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

 


Yelena Pankova posted this two beautiful photos of her and Sergei dancing the Peasant PDD in 1984, god they were gorgeous!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1247792815347379&set=a.204200583039946.43756.100003500188834&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1247791592014168&set=a.204200583039946.43756.100003500188834&type=3&theater

 

Here talking about Raymonda at La Scala (with italian subtitles)

 

Here is another 40 minute long and very very interesting interview in the Bolshoi with Novikova 

 

 

 

Here is a most amazing 40-minute long conversation with Inna Sklyarevskaya (In Russian)


 

Here an interview in Ekaterinburg talking about his reconstructions there


and here rehearsals at the Bolshoi for Coppelia
 

 

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Posted yesterday:

 

Alexander Novikov: " The preluminary information, requiring confirmation tomorrow: The Wake to be held on June 8th, at 10:30 a.m., in Mariinsky Theater followed by the Funeral at Seraphimovskoe Cemetery":

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Thanks for the link -- since I don't read Russian, a lot of the coverage is out of my ken.

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Just landed in Saint Petersburg....

 

I won't rant about the lack of coverage Vikharev's death is having in the West, I will rant a little bit about how bad it is, seriously if these critics now too little or nothing at all, why do they bother? if they don't know about the deceased person then DON'T WRITE AT ALL

 

Here is Anna Kisselgoff's note for the NYT, I suppose Kisselgoff had to write it since Macaulay knows nothing about Vikharev....nor does Kisselgoff knows much about him either, not just is a very superfluous, lack in serious, deep conten article.....

It doesn't even have a picture of Vikharev, the man in the picture is Dmitry Korneyev! since a proper article couldn't be published at least the NYT could have gotten a correct picture, such a shame that a "respectable" publication didn't bother to review the material they publish...Also Kisselgoff's statement that "The Mariinsky has no revealed the death cause but some friends say.." Which friends? Whose's friends? certainly not Vikharev's because that wasn't Vikharev's death cause, to publish unofficial -and in this case- also incorrect information is a complete an absolute disrespect. 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/arts/dance/sergei-vikharev-dead-russian-ballet-master.html?_r=0

 


Ismene's post has been the most decent I've read in english but it isn't as good as i expected from her, the most cultured western journalist about Vikharev's work, just a few paragraphs and then the republication of the amazing 2009 interview. 

http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/sergei-vikharev-master-ballet-reconstructor-1962-2017


Not that the publications in Russia have been glorious either, Kuznetsova's was the best of them all but it wasn't a marvelous obituary either, in all seriousnes, my bad for expecting more of dance critics, I should have learned after Chauviré's death.

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It was a very beutiful farewell to a very beautiful person, Pavel (Gershenzon) will not give up on recons, is all I can say and Novikova, poor woman, she was was probably the only person from the Mariinsky crying as much as me, my heart goes to her.


reportage on Russian television http://www.5-tv.ru/news/133109/

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2 hours ago, Gnossie said:

It was a very beutiful farewell to a very beautiful person, Pavel (Gershenzon) will not give up on recons, is all I can say and Novikova, poor woman, she was was probably the only person from the Mariinsky crying as much as me, my heart goes to her.


reportage on Russian television http://www.5-tv.ru/news/133109/

 

Thank you so much for this report & link, Gnossie! My husband's sister is one of the last persons shown, standing with flowers, as the camera pans to the right. I see Novikova (for whom SV was the official coach at the Mariinsky...one of very few assigned to him). I also see Selina. 

 

Another article at the bottom of that web page reports that Vikharev's heart failed in the middle of a dental operation, after being given general anesthesia.  As per the headline, Vikharev's sister is filing court papers against that dental clinic. So he died while sitting in the dentist's chair. Wow.

 

link to story of SV's sister taking legal action: http://www.5-tv.ru/news/133176/

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Added link to legal action vs dentist

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  am so devastated!what a terrible loss.and so young. his ballets  of sleeping beauty and la bayadere  were by far  my favorite  i have ever ever  seen .

 

the sets and costumes were magnificent , why mess  with  the original i say! the acting and  story  put back to the original 

 made all the difference the  variety of  the orignal steps brought back so wonderful.

 

i hope there will be dvds of all his ballets is a disgrace there never were .all i can say is the kirov have no taste  to have stopped performing these magnificent ballets  and  to not have put out dvds of them .

 and  to not have brought the awakening of flora to the u.s.what a loss was looking forward to all the  future magnificent reconstructions by the one and only  sergei vikharev  in years to come. am devastated beyond words.

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Agree that Vikharev's "Fab5" Petipa recons should be filmed & released as a set! Of the five, only the one produced outside of Russia - the LaScala Raymonda starring Novikova - is commercially available as DVD. The Bolshoi has "filmed" COPPELIA for cinemas (and will do so again this fall). That's two out of the five on commercial film, in some form or another. Only the Mariinsky refuses to take action to commit its three Vilharev-Petipa to full filming (SB, BAYA & FLORA). If anything, the sets & costumes for those three productions are being dispersed/dismantled. For example, the last time that I saw Aurora's A2 tutu, Lopatkina had "borrowed" it for a comic routine! Shame.

 

Also, as many others have noticed, in the past few years the Mariinsky has been using some of the sets of the Vikharev new-old production on tours of their current (Soviet) production.

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Added Lopatkina comedy pdd link, using Vikharev Aurora tutu

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 am beginning to hate lopatkina... comic routine?!  how could she .those sets and cosutmes are the best i have ever seen !

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It is disgraceful how the Mariinsky won't release Sergei's reconstructions onto DVD; the only thing they have done was the third act of his Sleeping Beauty reconstruction for that New Year's Gala a few years ago.

 

How dare Lopatkina use such a beautiful costume in such an appalling manner! If the Mariinsky is not going to use all these gorgeous sceneries and costumes, why don't they just let other people use them?!

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That video clip and the photos of Sergei's funeral made cry :crying: I know I never met him, but I would've liked to have attended to pay my respects; I owe him so much. We all do :(

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1 hour ago, Amy said:

It is disgraceful how the Mariinsky won't release Sergei's reconstructions onto DVD; the only thing they have done was the third act of his Sleeping Beauty reconstruction for that New Year's Gala a few years ago.

 

How dare Lopatkina use such a beautiful costume in such an appalling manner! If the Mariinsky is not going to use all these gorgeous sceneries and costumes, why don't they just let other people use them?!

 

Also, bits of the Vikharev SB Prologue and a big part of the A2 Vision scene, starring Ayupova & (I think) Fadeev, are featured in the 2005 docum film SACRED STAGE (filmed 2003). The largest chunk can be seen as a Bonus in the DVD...we spotted then-corps member Victoris Tereshkina (now a star) as one of the 18 nereids.

 

That New Years Gala's A3 of SB that you mention is not complete...ending after the Aurora-Desire pdd (with Lopatkina's Dying Swan coming in as a surprise guest). So the grand apotheosis with the moving curtain - revealing the back tableau with the Gods, as floral swags are slowly lowered from the ceiling - is cut. Sacrilegious! 

 

Maybe Vikharev's most recent recon of a full Petipa ballet from the Harvard notes - the Ekaterinburg FILLE MAL GARDEE - will be filmed? Even though the Van Gogh-themed designs are new, they seem very pretty & colorful (not El Cheapo).

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2 hours ago, tabitha said:

 am beginning to hate lopatkina... comic routine?!  how could she .those sets and cosutmes are the best i have ever seen !

 

I wouldn't hate. Remember that Lopatkina & the other pupils of Natalia Dudinskaya (& her partner K. Sergeyev) simply wished to "do right" for their beloved teacher & coach. It's good to understand all sides.

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Tabhita, thak you for your words
Just as Natalia informed you, two of Vikharev's reconstructions are filmed for posterity, Coppelia for the Bolshoi and (thank goodness) Raymonda!!! The recons of La Bayadere, The sleeping beauty and Flora can be seen on youtube thanks to some fans, not in HD, but still, something is something.


the costumes for the recons are being used in other ballets....I saw Lopatkina wearing Nikiya's first scene costume (for the dance around the sacred fire) in the scene where she dances with the slave.
I adore Lopatkina but I will never forgive her for her oposition towards the reconstructions, but is understandable her hate towards them, she is a pupil of Dudinskaya so Lopatkina (and all the vaganova grads) have been brainwashed to swear loyalty to the AWFUL soviet versions. 


Natalia, there are news coming soon about Sergei's La Fille at Ekaterinburg, but I can't say more, just wait :) 

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On 2017-6-9 at 6:33 AM, Natalia said:

Thank you so much for this report & link, Gnossie! My husband's sister is one of the last persons shown, standing with flowers, as the camera pans to the right. I see Novikova (for whom SV was the official coach at the Mariinsky...one of very few assigned to him). I also see Selina. 

 

No worries Natalia, even though I just got a back surgery I just couldn't miss my friend's funeral, as I said before It was a beautiful ceremony, NONE of the Mariinsky hypocrates were there, just fans and friends.

 

Vikharev's muses, Osmolkina and Novikova were very very affected, Osmolkina, as usual, mourned more quietly, probably because she had her husband by her side but poor Novikova didn't have Sarafanov by her side(he was at the cemetery but not at the Mariinsky, probably he doesn't want to go back there) it was Rejen Abdyev who supported her all the time(at the Mariinsky) Osmolkina almost fainted at some moment, but Novikova almost fainted twice, I really felt so bad for her, she was destroyed just as Osmolkina but Katya mourned more quietly while Olesya really couldn't take it. It was a very dificult moment.

 

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It doesn't seem real, somehow, but it happened, and now it's time for his pupils to take care of his historic contribution's to classical ballet, and we will, I swear.

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Ok - deleted earlier quip. Not intended as joke! I can't stand dentists and will be even more hesitant to go now.

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