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June 2017 Vaganova Academy Graduation

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Opening the thread to discuss this year's Vaganova Acad graduation performances at the Mariinsky (June 10, 12 & 14), as well as one guest performance in Moscow later in the month.

 

Program:

 

Bournonville's CONSERVATOIRE

 

Lev Ivanov's LISZT HUNGARIANRHAPSODY

 

Lavrovsky's PROKOFIEV CLASSICAL SYMPHONY

 

Petipa's PAQUITA GRAND PAS 

 

Photos of yesterday's dress rehearsal are found here:

http://melmoth.blog/tagged/2017 graduation

 

What gorgeous, natural-fabric tutus! Notice that the Vaganova Acad is presenting a traditional Paquita Grand Pas (staged by Burlaka & Tsiskaridze), rather than the grand pas from the recent Yuri Smekalov version of Paquita  shown at the 2017 Mariinsky ballet festival. This segment will be led by  she who many consider the "star" of this graduation class: Eleonora Sevenard...who happens to be the great-niece of Mathilde Kchessinskaya! 

 

Feature on Russian TV on Ms Sevenard:

https://topspb.tv/news/2017/06/6/naslednaya-graciya-vnuchataya-plemyannica-matildy-kshesinskoj-gotovitsya-k-vypusknomu-balu/

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Natalia said:

Another Russian TV look at the preparations for this year's performances (several nice clips of the Bournonville): 

 

Just imagine if American TV would do features on SAB workshops!

 

http://tvkultura.ru/video/show/episode_id/1510381/video_id/1638125/brand_id/1972/

 

Thank you for these links.

 

One year a few years ago PBS --Great Performances I think it was -- showed an SAB performance. If only there were the will (and the budget) for more ...

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5 minutes ago, Drew said:

 

Thank you for these links.

 

One year a few years ago PBS --Great Performances I think it was -- showed an SAB performance. If only there were the will (and the budget) for more ...

 

Yes & yes! The 75th Anniv.  But imagine if CNN or the regular broadcast stations would take an interest in the SAB graduations the way that Russia cares about its young classical artists & the classical arts, in general. Any year.

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Courtesy of the Vaganova Acad FB, pics of the June 10 performance of one of the gems of the traditional (Pugni music) version of LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE...the luxurious Imperial Tsarist edition: the Hungarian Rhapsody from Act IV. Will somebody please consult the Harvard notes to restore the full ballet, so that we may be rid of the Ratmansky-Schedrin "El Cheapo" edition? This Rhapsody was restored by Prof. Irina Gensler according to her recollections.

 

https://m.facebook.com/academyvaganova/photos/pcb.1290310447734904/1290309721068310/?type=3&source=48

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The Ratmansky version is one of my favorite full-length ballets, so I hope they never get rid of it.  I think there is room for both.

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Videos are starting to pop up on YouTube, especially under the user Leo Petit, who has uploaded Classical Symphony and Paquita in full. Really fantastic stuff.

 

 

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8 hours ago, tutu said:

... Really fantastic stuff.

 

 

Really fantastic stuff indeed! 

Does anyone know the name of the young woman who danced the variation in Paquita that comes right before the ballerina's variation --in this performance, right before Sevenard?  Parts of it have sort of Spanish arms.
 

Edited to add: youtube channel RussianBalletVideos2 identifies her as Alexandra Khiteeva and says she will graduate in 2019. 

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Gorgeous!!! I still can't believe the richness of the designs for a "ballet academy" show but then this is not just any "Dollie Dinkle" school. Thanks for the vid links, Tutu.

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As for Oscar Frame, he studied at Kirov before HET and Vaganova, however he is from the UK.

 

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The Vaganova graduation doesn't look like a student performance at all. It often looks more like a world class company performance.  The corps dancing is so coordinated,  I honestly think they sometimes outshine the Mariinski corps.

 

My all-time favourite Vaganova graduation performance was Laurencia in 2015, with Renata Shakirova as Laurencia and Olga Makarova's sublime character role. I've never seen anything like it.

 

With such great recent perfomances there must be a lot of pressure for next year. 

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