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3 hours ago, rg said:

the English translation long used for the Russian language title of La Fille Mal Gardée is VAIN PRECAUTIONS.

I did not know this. Made me truly "lol". :lol: Thank you!

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3 hours ago, rg said:

the English translation long used for the Russian language title of La Fille Mal Gardée is VAIN PRECAUTIONS

again the English translation of "La Precaution Inutile" (original title of work)

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1 hour ago, Gnossie said:

 

The answer to that is a resounding YES. 

 

 

If you love ballet, if you love Tsarist grandeur, if you love authentic Petipa then you, balletomanes of the world, should NOT miss the opportunity to see this. The lovely Ekaterinburg staff takes better care of their Fille recon than the Mariinsky does with theirs, God knows what will the Soviet old guard do to the Flora and Beauty reconstructions now that Vikharev is no longer with us. 😭

 

Ugh, why film it only to keep it locked away in the vaults? Especially since audiences have been denied the possibility of seeing it live and many really want to :huh: I'd love to have a full performance of Ayupova's Aurora. In the Sacred Stage documentary Rose Adagio clips she was so serene and regal :wub:

How many reconstructions have been released on a DVD/Blu-ray? The only one I know is the La Scala Raymonda with Novikova. I'm not sure if one would count Pharaoh's Daughter since Lacotte seem to play a bit fast and loose with the choreography but I guess that's another. With so many being performed and redone I would like to think in the next year or two we'll get an overflow of them. 

I really do wonder what the new/old Beauty will look like on Thursday and Friday considering the fact that apparently nobody who worked with Vikharev on it originally is involved this time around. I also noticed on the cast playbill and dancer biographies that many of the dancers danced their parts in the Sergeyev version. Only a very few of them have ever danced the Vikharev. So is it simply going to look more like the Sergeyev with the Tsarist era costumes and sets or are they going to make an effort and not spit on Vikharev's grave? Also Mr. Scholl said the Mariinsky isn't very good at preservation so I hope the costumes and sets got a good cleaning and refreshing up before they're presented to an audience. I'd hate for all that grandeur to look all sad. All the same could be said for Flora too!

 

 

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Flora has quite the Imperial history. It was first performed at the Peterhof palace in honor of Tsar Alexander III's daughter, Grand Duchess Xenia, and her marriage to Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich. It likely was the last ballet performance the Tsar saw before he died. And then it transferred, with the same cast, to the Mariinsky. It was the farewell benefit for Maria Anderson, the original white cat in Sleeping Beauty, who was forced into retirement after a tragic burn accident during Cinderella rehearsals. And of course the first Flora was Mathilde Kschessinska, Nicholas II's famous mistress.   

It really is a beautiful ballet and its too bad outside of Russia people barely know it. Has the Mariinsky ever performed it on tour? 

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If the reconstructed Beauty was filmed, in full, in the mid-2000s, is there any reason why it was never released as a DVD/Blu-ray or even broadcast on cinema/TV? It seems such a waste to film it and then let it rot on the vault shelves :crying: Compare to the Bolshoi the Mariinsky seem pretty poor when it comes to releasing its stuff

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I just find it weird because unless I'm miss reading things, or reading the wrong press completely, it seems these days Putin likes to wink and nod towards the Tsarist past (he seems to think of himself as a Tsar) more then the Soviet one. Wouldn't those who follow the regime line, like Gergiev, follow suite? Wouldn't embracing the reconstructed Beauty be the theater's way of doing that? 

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Yeah I know Gergiev only cares about opera and Fateyev is a "yes man" but I hoped against the odds that Putin going in the Tsarist direction would make them too even if their hearts weren't in it. Mariinsky will NEVER be an opera powerhouse no matter how hard Gergiev tries. The ballet will always be its bread and butter, claim to fame and prestige. It takes some character (not in a good way) to keep ignoring that for over twenty years :dry: 

The sooner he gets overthrown the better because surely at some point that's got to happen. The state of the ballet has declined so much so fast and the opera certainly isn't making up for it. All that history of the glorious theatre just crumbling. It's shockingly dreadful to see all the top Vaganova graduates going anywhere but the Mariinsky :crying: Just imagine how amazing all the Petipa tributes would have been had they continued the path of the late 90s/mid 2000s 

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Update on the March 11, Petipa 200 Gala to be telecast throughout the Mezzo channel’s viewing area. The Mariinsky now shows details about the gala offerings. Alas, Flora’s Awakening was removed from the schedule, replaced by A3 of Sleeping Beauty (which was already filmed for a New Year’s DVD a few years ago).  We still get the new The Seasons world premiere and A2 of Balanchine’s Dream.

https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/2018/3/11/1_2000

Last that I checked, Mezzo had not yet updated its site to reflect this change.

 

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So it seems that not only will we not get a filmed version of the whole Sleeping Beauty reconstruction (we already have Act 3 filmed! Why ignore the rest?) but we now won't get a possible DVD/Blu-Ray of Flora either. :dry:

If they want to change something in the gala then ditch the Balanchine. He may be Petipa's spiritual son but he still isn't Petipa.

Eliminate the actual work of the man your honoring in favor of an assimilation. Taking Flora out is just stupid. They really know how to mess thing up! :angry2:

 

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  well i say a petipa gala should have petipa and petipa only ! and i say the reconstructions only, ugh that the awakening of  flora replaced by balanchine what is wrong with them! i think i know  by now -gergiev and fateyev !

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2 hours ago, tabitha said:

  well i say a petipa gala should have petipa and petipa only ! and i say the reconstructions only, ugh that flora replaced by balanchine what is wrong with them! i think i know  by now -gergiev and fateyev !

If I were attending this event, then I would want to see as much Petipa as possible, too, and one wishes the company was offering more in the way of the unexpected, rarely performed, and reconstructed for this gala and the festival generally....but Flora was not "replaced" by the Balanchine which was already on the program--at least according to what was reported above; it was replaced by Act III of Sleeping Beauty.

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I'm still not happy about this but if they're going to do Act III of the reconstruction again then we better not be robbed of seeing the whole apotheosis in all its full blown majestic glory again. In the 2007 New Year's gala it was interrupted in favor of Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims"  version complete with opera singers. I want to hear Tchaikovsky and see the Lilac fairy and the gods in the clouds! This time they got no reason not to but knowing our luck so far they'll probably find a way 

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8 hours ago, NAOTMAA said:

I'm still not happy about this but if they're going to do Act III of the reconstruction again then we better not be robbed of seeing the whole apotheosis in all its full blown majestic glory again. In the 2007 New Year's gala it was interrupted in favor of Rossini's "Il viaggio a Reims"  version complete with opera singers. I want to hear Tchaikovsky and see the Lilac fairy and the gods in the clouds! This time they got no reason not to but knowing our luck so far they'll probably find a way 

Exactly! Or, as in that New Year’s telecast, have Lopatkina bourree out as Dying Swan, in the midst of Beauty’s finale...she who went on record as loathing the reconstructions! 

Now my biggest nightmare is that Gergiev & Fateev decide to use the Beauty surroundings as background for a potpourri of Petipa PDDs and solos, as is often done in the operatic world with A2 of Die Fledermaus.

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Call for scholarly papers for possible presentation at the  Petipa Conference in Moscow’s Bakhrushin Museum (June 6-8). Deadline for your topics and abstracts: March 30, 2018. Entry form is in this link:

http://www.gctm.ru/en/petipa_en/

The topics of the six panels seem more intriguing (controversial?) than what’s being presented in St-P this weekend, e.g., Moscow opens the door to delve into arguments on versions, notations and restorations (“Notation and Folklore”). Another is “Petipa: Brand or Kitsch?” On the other hand, Prof. R.J. Wiley is participating in the St-P event, so a few feathers may be ruffled there, too.

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noting Prof. Wiley's participation in St.P

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3 hours ago, Gnossie said:

As I said on the Mariinsky Festival thread and forgot to post earlier here: 

The Awakening of Flora no longer to be filmed, so, the only reconstruction that the Mariinsky can actually perform very well because it's usually performed, they are not going to dance, they are going to dance the SB reconstruction, which requires an insane amount of coaching that the dancers are not being provided.

Coherence doesn't abound at the Mariinsky."

 

And by videos seen of today's performance, Vikharev and Petipa turn in their graves. Poor Novikova will try to save the ship tomorrow but with the horrible Desiré and Lilac she has been given......may Petipa and Vikharev help her.

 

Ditto, with what others have expressed, they better film the apotheosis, although it wouldn't be surprising to see a whole lot of Soviet pdds performed in "honor" of Marius Alphonse since the MOSG (Mariinsky Old Soviet Guard) considers Sergeyev to be an "improvement" of Petipa, Oh boy.....😂

I consider it to be self-sabotage. 

 

 

Nice to see you back on the forum Tabitha!!!

The only videos out there I've seen so far are of the Garland Waltz and the Rose Adagio as well as a short one of Tereshkina's entrance. Are there any more? 

When the castings first came out I thought it was strangely lopsided in favor of the first night. There seem to be a combination of big names, respected veterans and new generation promising youngsters. Outside of Novikova the second performance seems filled with much lesser names although Skorik has been getting a big push in recent years. That's why I thought and hoped (for a brief moment) that there were possible plans to film the first performance. Otherwise why would they seem to go all out in castings for one (and not the other) other then the fact they would want the very first performance of the Petipa celebrations to start with some of the best. 

Is there any news on who's dancing in the gala? It's only 3 days away! Ekaterina Osmolkina (who you mentioned previously as a Vikharev muse and if we were lucky Flora) danced Aurora in the 2007 New Year's gala and was positively lovely. Perhaps she'll do it again since she isn't scheduled for anything until the 18th. Is there any other lady who is currently not engaged? Any Désiré's? And any casting for The Seasons and Balanchine's Dream yet? 

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I noticed on the Russian Kultra channel from the 9th to the 11th at 12:45 they aired old recordings of Peitpa ballets in honor of the bicentennial. Sleeping Beauty with Irina Kolpakova from 1982 on the 9th, La Bayadere from 1979 on the 10th and on the 11th their broadcasting Raymonda with Kolpakova again. Tsiskaridze did the opening introductions. Its strange to honor Petipa with Soviet incarnations but I guess since none of the reconstructions were never filmed they got no choice :dry: 

Does anybody know where someone from outside of Europe can view the gala? 

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30 minutes ago, NAOTMAA said:

Does anybody know where someone from outside of Europe can view the gala?

If you tell me how you are able to receive Kultura I will respond in kind :)

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40 minutes ago, mnacenani said:

If you tell me how you are able to receive Kultura I will respond in kind :)

I unfortunately can't cause I don't get it :( I was just looking on their website and only saw it after seeing Petipa's picture while scrolling down on the main page. I like looking at what's on tv in other countries even if I can't watch them just out if interest :D 

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Happy Birthday, Petipa! Sending birthday greetings from enchanting, magical Bali, where there’s still one hour to go before March 11 becomes March 12. Thanks to everyone in Russia for reports on the events, whether positive or not. What matters: hoorah for Petipa!

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Dear Buddy and MadameP  :  I thought I did not hear one of my most beloved melodies on Friday evening - it's at time 5:27 on this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo1c7h059Vw&list=PLBA87816B22473D82&index=14

Am I right or was I dozing off at the time ??  Would appeciate if you can confirm or deny. Btw this is an excellent annotated set of videos for the complete SB music - my gratitude to whoever took the trouble.

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1 hour ago, mnacenani said:

Dear Buddy and MadameP  :  I thought I did not hear one of my most beloved melodies on Friday evening - it's at time 5:27 on this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo1c7h059Vw&list=PLBA87816B22473D82&index=14

Am I right or was I dozing off at the time ??  Would appeciate if you can confirm or deny. Btw this is an excellent annotated set of videos for the complete SB music - my gratitude to whoever took the trouble.

That music is the music used for Aurora's variation in the  Dream act in both the Sergeyev Mariinsky production and the Bolshoi production.  In  the Vikharev reconstruction, Aurora's variation is  the one Sergeyev used for the Lilac Fairy, so no, you did not hear that music for Aurora's variation.

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10 minutes ago, MadameP said:

That music is the music that Sergeyev uses for Aurora's solo in the Dream act, and in the Vikharev reconstruction, Aurora's variation is set the one Sergeyev used for the Lilac Fairy, so no, you did not hear it!  

большое спасибо - Я подозревал, что так  :D

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