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I find the use of the word "hate" towards one of the greatest ballerina of our time inappropriate for this forum despite the sad circumstances Vikharev's passing.  I understand emotions are running high but Iwould appreciate more restrain in passing judgments. 

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Re "Sleeping Beauty," the Prologue's scenery was sometimes used for the masquerade scene of the Mariinsky Opera's 1984 production of "Pique Dame."  Other than that, it has been rarely deployed (if ever).  Now there's a new production of that opera which premiered two years ago. When Vikharev produced "Beauty" in 1999, the production's realization was a costly enterprise, as the country was in the middle of financial crisis and devaluation of the rouble at the time.  The extravagance of the production was debated in the midst of economic uncertainty and upheaval.  I guess that was another point of contention against the production in addition to Sergei's revelatory work.  The Mariinsky's management wasted the opportunity to film "Beauty," "Bayadere" and "Flora."  They all should have been filmed for the sake of record, ballet history, and posterity.  

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On 6/9/2017 at 8:08 AM, Natalia said:

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.

 

 

This is very sad. Looking at that beautiful tutu...and knowing the noble cause that prompted its creation...to now see it in yet another of those ever present, awful "comic" ballet routine is quite disgraceful. When I went to Russia I spoke to several people, and I coult sense a longing for the Soviet past in some of them-(the older ones). The Mariinsky might have changed its name for the sake of going with the "new-old" times, but its core is still probably 80% Kirov/K. Sergueev. Same with the Bolshoi and its even worse Geigorovich versions.

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5 hours ago, cubanmiamiboy said:

 

This is very sad. Looking at that beautiful tutu...and knowing the noble cause that prompted its creation...to now see it in yet another of those ever present, awful "comic" ballet routine is quite disgraceful. When I went to Russia I spoke to several people, and I coult sense a longing for the Soviet past in some of them-(the older ones). The Mariinsky might have changed its name for the sake of going with the "new-old" times, but its core is still probably 80% Kirov/K. Sergueev. Same with the Bolshoi and its even worse Geigorovich versions.

 

5 hours ago, cubanmiamiboy said:

 

This is very sad. Looking at that beautiful tutu...and knowing the noble cause that prompted its creation...to now see it in yet another of those ever present, awful "comic" ballet routine is quite disgraceful. When I went to Russia I spoke to several people, and I coult sense a longing for the Soviet past in some of them-(the older ones). The Mariinsky might have changed its name for the sake of going with the "new-old" times, but its core is still probably 80% Kirov/K. Sergueev. Same with the Bolshoi and its even worse Geigorovich versions.

 

5 hours ago, cubanmiamiboy said:

 

This is very sad. Looking at that beautiful tutu...and knowing the noble cause that prompted its creation...to now see it in yet another of those ever present, awful "comic" ballet routine is quite disgraceful. When I went to Russia I spoke to several people, and I coult sense a longing for the Soviet past in some of them-(the older ones). The Mariinsky might have changed its name for the sake of going with the "new-old" times, but its core is still probably 80% Kirov/K. Sergueev. Same with the Bolshoi and its even worse Geigorovich versions.

oops sorry am very bad at computer  sorry have quoted 3 x... so far ...i agree  cubanmiamiboy- is like a slap in the face .

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10 hours ago, Gnossie said:

Today is the Ninth Day, those who understand about the Orthodox Church know what it means...

Ismene Brown has translated Kuznetsova's beutiful euology so those who don't understand Russian can enjoy it here : "Ballet's magician is gone"

http://www.ismeneb.com/blogs-list/170608-magician-vikharev-is-gone.html

 

thank you gnossie very much for the translation.is wonderful.i love sergei vikahrevs sleeping beauty so much .is so wonderful to see how it was  as petipa and  Vsevolozhsky originally  wanted it .there's no comparison to me bewteen that and  the  later ones its so far above them .

 same for la bayadere and the wonderful 4th act especially .

 

im wondering why the original la fille mal gardee sets and costumes were not   recreated , was it the managements idea rather than  sergei vikharevs  or maybe  there were no photos of the originals  because what i loved about the sleeping beauty and la bayadere were the reconstructed sets and costumes  besides the reconstructed steps acting and story.is there anyone  at all who can continue   what segei vikahrev has done including the original sets and  costumes? i know no one can take  his place ever but just hoping  there is someone with his knowledge and appreciation of the old ballets  ,maybe even earlier  ones than petipa  too even though he is my favorite  but maybe  saint leon  and others although maybe they arent as notated but maybe someday more information will turn up .am still stunned and sad .and also reminded  again  how disgracefully  he was treated by the  kirov . is so unfair 

 

 what does the 9th day mean?

 

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 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.) 

 

Quite right. Probably the original political subtext of the ballet would be less problematic if attempts at political rehabilitation of the Romanovs weren't very much ongoing.

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9 hours ago, tabitha said:

thank you gnossie very much for the translation.is wonderful.i love sergei vikahrevs sleeping beauty so much .is so wonderful to see how it was  as petipa and  Vsevolozhsky originally  wanted it .there's no comparison to me bewteen that and  the  later ones its so far above them .

 same for la bayadere and the wonderful 4th act especially .

 

im wondering why the original la fille mal gardee sets and costumes were not   recreated , was it the managements idea rather than  sergei vikharevs  or maybe  there were no photos of the originals  because what i loved about the sleeping beauty and la bayadere were the reconstructed sets and costumes  besides the reconstructed steps acting and story.is there anyone  at all who can continue   what segei vikahrev has done including the original sets and  costumes? i know no one can take  his place ever but just hoping  there is someone with his knowledge and appreciation of the old ballets  ,maybe even earlier  ones than petipa  too even though he is my favorite  but maybe  saint leon  and others although maybe they arent as notated but maybe someday more information will turn up .am still stunned and sad .and also reminded  again  how disgracefully  he was treated by the  kirov . is so unfair 

 

 

Tabitha I appreciate your comments, we couldn't possibly agree more. Sergei's intention was ALWAYS  to reconstruct EVERYTHING, now,  in order to do that a huge budged is needed and not all theatres can afford the sets and costumes, that was the case with "Fille" the original costumes for "La Fille" weren't reproduced because they were too expensive for the Ekaterinburg ballet + there weren't enough photos of the costumes but the ones used in the current production are VERY VERY VERY like seriously VERY pretty and they're not -as Natalia would say- "El Cheapo".

 
About your second question, there is one person who will continue to reconstruct "a la Sergei" and that is Mr. Pavel Gershenzon, a walking ballet encyclopedia who was Vikharev's right hand in the reconstructions and also a dear friend so there is hope for us.
There are a couple of Saint Leon's ballets notated,  there are actually a large amount of French ballets that are notated, but they are at the Opera's bibliothèque and they are sacred and to have access to them is almost impossible and I don't think they're going to be touched by any foreigner ever.  
And yes, the way he was treated for the reconstructions was a shame, but he carried on regardless, the sabotages at the Mariinsky didn't stop him and he Triumphed at the end, so, sorry haters. Jealousy is such a bad thing, and there is so much of that in the ballet world(Especially the Russian ballet world) but Vikharev triumphed and the Mariinsky's loss was the Bolshoi's, La Scala and Ekaterinburg's gain,  the haters will have to deal with it ;) 
I can't stop repeating how happy it made me to not see any of the Mariinsky old guard at his funeral,  just friends and fans, he was not only a brilliant mind but also an incredibly kind and funny man, a fine soul.

 

9 hours ago, tabitha said:

what does the 9th day mean?

 

It's complicated to explain, but what my Russian boyfriend says is that on the ninth day after someone's death, the Orthodox Church offers prayers for the deceased, so the departed soul may be counted worthy to the numbered hoir of the saints, through the prayers and intercessions of the nine ranks of angels.

 

 

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thank you gnossie so much so glad to find someone who agrees with me !and that i agree with. i thought that  might be  the reason. money. glad  that sergei  vikharev would have wanted the sets and costumes also reconstructed . i hope someday

 

 mr pavel  Gershenzon  ,so glad to know he is there ,could redo the orignal sets and  costumes  and  that  for all future ones money will be found  to pay for reconstructed sets and  costumes it makes all the difference . there must be some big companies that would fund it or more money from the govermnent  

 like before  would be great.as pretty as the costumes  are its just not the same to me  as the ones before , i know they  did the best they  could   but how i wish they will someday reconstruct the original sets and costumes 

 thank you so much for kind offer of p m. i might bug you more! i love ballet and none more than sergei vikharevs reconstructions a total  revelation of beauty and magic and  another world and time .i loved so many details. 

 thank you for the 9 day information too .

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