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  1. Hello Joseph, it is available in the US on Amazon. Here's one of the links: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Light-Fantastic-Toe-Vol/dp/1987650239/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529953873&sr=1-14&keywords=cesare+pugni Sorry, I should've posted the US Amazon links as well.
  2. Hello everyone. For those of you who haven't heard, there has a new five-volume book series published on Cesare Pugni - the composer of The Pharaoh's Daughter, The Naiad and the Fisherman, Le Roi Candaule, La Esmeralda, Pas de Quatre, etc - by Adam Lopez (mrlopez from YouTube). This is a vital step for both ballet and music history because this is the first full biography to be written on Pugni, at least in English, and all five volumes are available to purchase on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Light-Fantastic-Toe-Vol/dp/1987650239/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529937738&sr=1-3&keywords=cesare+pugni https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Light-Fantastic-Toe-Vol/dp/198765160X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529937775&sr=1-5&keywords=cesare+pugni https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Light-Fantastic-Toe-Vol/dp/1987651847/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529937799&sr=1-2&keywords=cesare+pugni https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Light-Fantastic-Toe-Vol/dp/198765191X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529937818&sr=1-4&keywords=cesare+pugni https://www.amazon.co.uk/Case-Light-Fantastic-Toe-Vol/dp/1987652002/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529937845&sr=1-1&keywords=cesare+pugni
  3. Thank you for these clips! It's wonderful to see some excerpts of Vikharev's La Fille mal gardee. However, there is one thing that should be pointed out - that Grand Pas de deux in Act 3 is not Petipa's choreography or creation for that matter. It's the famous so-called La Fille mal gardee Pas de deux that's performed many times today in galas and on the competition circuit and it was created by Gorsky in 1903, not Petipa, though this version is undoubtedly a Soviet revival of Gorsky's original version, possibly by Pytor Gusev. The music is a pastiche of various pieces from various ballets; only the adage is from Hertel's score for La Fille mal gardee. The male variation is the Variation of the Genie of the Forest by Drigo from The Enchanted Forest, the female variation is the coda of a supplementary pas de deux by Drigo for Vera Trefilova's performance in The Haarlem Tulip and the coda is a general dance from The Calvary Halt. As far as I know, there are no fouettes in the notation scores for La Fille mal gardee, though according to an eyewitness report, Kschessinskaya performed fouettes in one of her La Fille mal gardee variations, though I don't know which one. Also, I should correct something I said in my last post, if I may. I was wrong to say that Ratmansky restores the notated choreography 100% because even he has deviated from the notated steps in a couple of places, though, in his defence, he has not deviated a great deal. One major problem with dance notation (any kind of dance notation) is that anybody can always make an error in decoding it.
  4. No it's not my opinion, it's a fact. Ratmansky followed the notation scores 100%, which unfortunately, poor Vikharev didn't do because he staged everything in a modern style. He also retained many of the Soviet passages instead of the notated passages, probably due to pressure. Just look at this quote from Alexandra Danilova about the idea of Imperial ballerinas sticking their legs up at 180 degrees - "Of course we could do it, but it was considered vulgar." And Petipa said that raising the leg above the head is "not art... but a clown act."
  5. This variation in question - here's the history: Petipa and Carlotta Brianza both rejected the music that Tchaikovsky composed for Aurora's Act 2 variation because they didn't feel it was very suitable for Brianza in terms of showcasing her talents and abilities. So they chose the music that Tchaikovsky composed for the Gold Fairy's variation, which was interpolated into Act 2 as Aurora's variation. However, this variation does not musically match the preceding waltz, so Riccardo Drigo was required to compose four new bars between the two numbers for the modulation into the new key. Most modern productions, however, retained Tchaikovsky's original music for Aurora's Act 2 variation and Sergeyev gave her original Act 2 variation (with the choreography altered) to the Lilac Fairy, clearly so that the Lilac Fairy would have some dancing in the final act. Choreographically and stylistically, Ratmansky's reconstruction is the most faithful to Petipa's version.
  6. Amy

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

    That video clip and the photos of Sergei's funeral made cry 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
  7. Amy

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

    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?!
  8. Amy

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

    Oh wow! Thanks Natalia for alerting me to that.
  9. Amy

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

    Thank you ladies and yes Natalia, I am DarkDancer06.
  10. Amy

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

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

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

    Such devastating news; what happened to him?
  12. Amy

    Sergei Vikharev RIP

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

    Alina Cojocaru

    Fantastic news!! Huge congratulations to Alina and Johan! I like how in her tweet, she says that Charlie the dog is getting a new little sister! Lol!
  14. In all honesty Natalia, I, too, wish that Alexei had used Imperial the St Petersburg designs for all his reconstructions so far, however in his defence, he obviously couldn't get them because Gergiev doesn't allow "outsiders" to access the Mariinsky archives; something that's very frustrating to all historians and scholars. I do, however, like the costumes for Sleeping Beauty and I especially love his reintroduction of the beautiful bell-shaped tutus; forget the modern pancake tutu! Lol!! I hope Zelensky brings back Paquita and it would be great if he brought it back with better designs, though I liked the costumes for the Grand Pas Classique, Lucien's costumes and the children's costumes. I did advise Zelensky to bring back Paquita and I also advised him to also bring Alexei's Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake reconstructions to Munich (I was in Munich a few weeks ago and I briefly met him). Whether he'll actually take my advise, I'm not sure...
  15. In my opinion, those Vaganova passages are getting as tacky as ever; in fact that's the case with quite a number of post-Petipa changes from the Soviet Era. I was really disappointed to hear about Liam Scarlett staging the new Swan Lake for the Royal Ballet; I actually recommended to Kevin O'Hare to go for a reconstruction, but for some reason, he clearly didn't seem to think it was a good idea... well, it's his loss. And apparently, Igor Zelensky was instrumental in removing the Paquita reconstruction from the Munich repertoire.