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  1. 9 hours ago, Tom47 said:

    I am glad you offered your opinion. 

    It's not exactly my opinion. It's true that I know very little about minority Slavic languages, such as Kashubian, Upper Sorbian or Lower Sorbian. But I can assure you that there are no -s plurals in Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian or Ukrainian.

    -S plurals are the norm in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, but not in Italian or Romanian, and not in most Germanic languages either.

  2. As far as I know, no Slavic language forms a plural by tacking on an -s at the end of a noun, but that's true of many languages. I'm also not sure all that much about Giselle can be gleaned by studying folkloric sources. Ballet's wilis probably owe more to the imagination of Gautier, and I've learned not to expect anthropological accuracy in ballets.

  3. On 2/18/2021 at 3:41 AM, cubanmiamiboy said:

    pieces that were good enough to survive on their own without the rest

    The key thing here, I think, is the "rest" which was discarded. The new ballet into which the popular pas de deux is inserted may prove to be no more enduring than its predecessor. A gala setting requires only a costume or two, no backdrops, and often even the music is canned. But a new ballet involves enormous production expenses, and if it's a flop, a company is left holding a white elephant. A choreographer with carte blanche and a hefty state subsidy, like Petit had in Marseille or Neumeier has in Hamburg, can pursue a big personal project about a favorite dancer. (Although from the clips I've seen from Ma Pavlova, it comes across more as a tribute to the sublimely schooled legs of Dominique Khalfouni rather than an homage to Pavlova.) For everyone else, it's too big a gamble, so a gala it will have to be.

  4. It depends on the language, there being no "Slavic language" per se. You cited Dvořák's Rusalka, for example, and in Czech the plural is rusalky.

    Likewise, there is no one plural ending for vila (víla/wiła). 

  5. This week from the Vienna State Opera

    15 February - Don Quixote (Nureyev)
    16 February - La clemenza di Tito
    17 February - Die Zauberflöte
    18 February - L'elisir d'amore
    19 February - La Cenerentola
    20 February - La Sonnambula
    21 February - Carmen
    22 February - L'elisir d'amore



  6. I couldn't say the music is unknown. Several productions of Swan Lake I've seen use the adage, but not Balanchine's choreography, obviously. Other productions use the male variation for Siegfried. In a few cases the female variation is used, although not for Odile. And practically every audio recording of the score includes it, because musicians are interested in what Tchaikovsky composed, not how Petipa reordered the score afterward. 

    Intricate hand grips are extremely characteristic of Balanchine, used in ballets that don't imply any seduction whatsoever. And we can't claim to be respecting Balanchine's intentions if we drop the piece into a context he never intended.

    There is so little of Petipa in most productions of Swan Lake. I would be against removing whatever after-Petipa choreography remains.

  7. 20 minutes ago, canbelto said:

    Another pas de deux I like is Papillon. Olesya Novikova dances it in galas at the Mariinsky:

    It comes from a complete Papillon staged by Pierre Lacotte for the POB in 1976. These days it's the only section that's performed.

    Ronald Hynd also staged a full-length Papillon in 1979 for the Houston Ballet.

  8. The Staatsballett Berlin also continues to perform the Pas de Quatre.

    These days the Bolshoi's "highlights" programs appear mostly on tours to smaller venues. But in Moscow as recently as 2015 a selection of "divertissement" pieces was sandwiched between ballets that otherwise didn't sell well, in this case Ek's Apartment and Possokhov's Classical Symphony. The theater doesn't seem to regard the concept very seriously: the divertissements aren't entered into its online performance archive.

  9. Vaganova's "Diana and Acteon" pas de deux was an insertion into Esmeralda, which Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev retained in their production.

    I think it sticks out like a sore thumb, which is why I generally wouldn't be in favor of the practice. But then I dislike gala pieces in general, so their inclusion in a full-length narrative ballet wouldn't be a draw for me.

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