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Bolshoi announced plans for Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2018-19.  All fairly predictable but Petrushka!?!

November 11, 2018 
LA SYLPHIDE (new)

December 2, 2018 
DON QUIXOTE (repeat)

December 23, 2018 
THE NUTCRACKER 

January 20, 2019 
LA BAYADERE (new)

March 10, 2019 
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (repeat)

April 7, 2019 
THE GOLDEN AGE 

May 19, 2019 
CARMEN SUITE (new)
PETRUSHKA
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Thank you. So the Grigorovich Bayadere from the early 1990s is being replaced, perhaps by a long-awaited Ratmansky reconstruction (or am I mixing this up with a reconstruction in Berlin)?

I recall Fokine’s  Petroushka danced by the Bolshoi at least 30 years ago, so it’s not new, unless it’s a completely different staging.

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The Ratmansky reconstruction is for Berlin. Don’t know what ‘new’ means in posting above or indeed if it does not just mean new broadcast.

But if it were to happen, then I would pay money to be in the room when Ratmansky instructed the Bolshoi dancers not to lift their feet higher than their waists when dancing Petipa...

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"New" means live, as opposed to recorded during a previous season, such Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and The Golden Age. The current production of La Bayadère is only five years old, Vaziev seems to like it, because he puts it on stage more often than Giselle, Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake, and there's absolutely no indication it will be replaced any time soon.

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I suspect that Petrushka will be not Fokine’s but Varnava’s version.

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I hope the Petrushka it's the REMARKABLE Reconstruction that Vikharev did for the Bolshoi in 2010. Fingers crossed. 

 

 

Having a hard time thinking about the cast for La Sylphide since the dancers better suited for it have been blacklisted by Vaziev, I'm annoyed about the repeat of SB, but happy they are doing something different because repeating the Zakharova Camellia/Swan Lake was a torture....

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14 hours ago, Drew said:

The Ratmansky reconstruction is for Berlin. Don’t know what ‘new’ means in posting above or indeed if it does not just mean new broadcast.

But if it were to happen, then I would pay money to be in the room when Ratmansky instructed the Bolshoi dancers not to life their feet higher than their waists when dancing Petipa...

I love Bayadere and would like to see what Ratmansky does with it. I have a terrible feeling, though, that he'll bring back the black-face. In an interview several years back, he expressed bewilderment that black-face is a no-no in the US. 

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14 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

"New" means live, as opposed to recorded during a previous season, such Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and The Golden Age. The current production of La Bayadère is only five years old, Vaziev seems to like it, because he puts it on stage more often than Giselle, Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake, and there's absolutely no indication it will be replaced any time soon.

"New" in this case actually means NEW when it comes to Petrushka. It will be a premiere by Edward Clug. As far as Bayadere goes, this is the usual version and not Ratmansky, it will be live with a different cast than the last time it was presented in 2013.

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Horrible to bring Clug instead of reviving the Petrushka recon done FOR the Bolshoi.

I suppose Vaziev is still convinced that he can make the Bolshoi dance some hardcore contemporary stuff. They can't. Last year we had Etudes and The Cage to laugh about, this year we'll have a new Petrushka to laugh about. 

 

I shake with fear thinking about the castings. It's obvious who will be dancing Nikiya😯, and the candidates for Masha are also very obvious but who will get Carmen? La Sylphide? 😲

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I wouldn't say they cannot dance contemporary. They don't have as many opportunities to dance it, which is why sometimes it looks slightly awkward on them. I think it is a good thing that they are trying new work, rather than continuously performing the classics.  

Regarding Etudes - for the broadcast they only had about 3 weeks to prepare for that behemoth of a classical work, which is nowhere near the necessary amount, and their premiere of it was the broadcast. They don't usually broadcast the premiere evening but if you remember there were changes in the programming at the last minute due to rights issues and dates of broadcasts cannot be changed so they had to make it fit somehow. They have since improved a great deal on Etudes. Same with The Cage - casting was done in a hurry and they just didn't have the necessary time for rehearsals unfortunately. 

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2 hours ago, Gnossie said:

but who will get Carmen? La Sylphide? 😲

I'd guess Carmen is Zakharova's, if she wants it. I mean, they have to put her something.

If she doesn't fall over in Flames of Paris, perhaps Sylphide will go to Shrainer. That would be Vaziev's style.

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Following this season's multiple successful Carmen debuts Vaziev's choices include Krysanova, Nikulina, Shipulina, Smirnova, and Stepanova in addition to Zakharhova.  I would bet on Smirnova or Stepanova based on (informal) reviews of their debuts, with Smirnova being the more likely choice.  There is always Nikulina, however, who seems to have a lot of backing at the moment in spite of lukewarm responses to her debut. 

Candidates for Nikiya currently include Krysanova, Nikulina, Obraztsova, Smirnova, Stepanova and Zakharova.  Again, I think Smirnova or Stepanova (the latter the more likely choice) or a dark horse like Kovalyova, who is no doubt preparing the role.  Current Gamzatti possibilities include Kretova, Krysanova, Marchenkova, Shipulina, Tikhomirova or Zhiganshina.  Kretova is probably the most likely choice, although if Nikiya is Kovyalova, Vaziev might well choose another newbie for Gamzatti. Eight performances are scheduled for this spring and summer, and no doubt many debuts that will give us a better picture.

 

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Drew,

I think that there would be plenty of people who would love to see the Bolshoi's reaction to the news that they would be dancing a Ratmansky reconstruction of La Bayadere. But I can't make up my mind about what would cause the company greatest consternation, whether it would be the news that everyone would be dancing in period appropriate style with low extensions, the loss of Solor's Soviet style choreography, the loss of the  Golden Idol, the full restoration of mime sequences or the news that everything was to be performed at the tempo indicated in the score ?

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First of all: The Bolshoi doesn't have a problem with reconstructions, be it Vikharev's 100% accurate reconstructions of Petipa's Coppelia and Fokine's Petrushka, nor did they have problems with the travesty and failure that was Ratmansky's failed attempt of Le Corsaire and Burlaka's 65% accurate reconstruction of La Esmeralda, muscovites are ok with them, it's in Saint Petersburg where they face opposition. 

Secondly: the native Bolshoi dancers don't pick up the leg AS MUCH as the Vaganova-Mariinsky dancers at the Bolshoi.

 

And finally, if there's a company that can dance at the correct tempo it's the Bolshoi, this video from Grigorovich's Raymonda it's a prove of that. 

 

The biggest opposition would be a certain man called Yuri Nikolaevich who wouldn't be delighted to see a production of his being replaced (all the recons done at the Bolshoi have been of productions that didn't have a Grigorovich-version of them or that hadn't been perform in a while)

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I'm sorry but I really don't care for the Grigorovich version in this staging. The baby poo yellow gets to me every time.  

Regarding tempi, I much prefer e.g. Lopatkina's more lyrical dancing of this role (as compared to Maria Alexandrova in this clip) and actually have no problem with her taking slower tempi since she is taller and more of an adagio specialist.  The slower friend of Raymonda version just looks weirdly hurried to me in the Bolshoi version, since I'm used to the Mariinsky version. If danced with great skill (as by the 18 year old Lopatkina or Daria Vasnetsova or Stepanova), the slower tempo and more difficult choreography of the Mariinsky version can be exquisite.   As to the allegro friend of Raymonda variation, there are videos of Batoeva dancing it every bit as fast as whoever that is dancing it in this video so I guess I don't understand the criticism.  

I don't see a problem with higher extensions per se.  But then, I'm not a purist, obviously. :)

 

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I consider Ratmansky's  Corsaire to be neither a failure nor a travesty.

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In the Copellia trailer seen today during the Flames of Paris broadcast it looks like Anastasia Staskevich in the leading role.  Not that that will necessarily happen but it's an indication.

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Ovcharenko and Shrainer will lead the cast of Coppelia for cinema broadcast.

 

 

A disgrace.

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On 5/15/2018 at 11:19 PM, Gnossie said:

Ovcharenko and Shrainer will lead the cast of Coppelia for cinema broadcast.

 

 

A disgrace.

Where did you see this posted?

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33 minutes ago, DD6948 said:

Where did you see this posted?

 It's on the BT website and also in Ovchareko's website.

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