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New 'Le Corsaire' at Bolshoipremieres June 21, 2007


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 08:49 AM

I'm opening a new topic to discuss news and post reviews on the big new 'Le Corsaire' by the Bolshoi Ballet. Following four performances at home, the production will be packed-up and shipped to the London Colisseum for the August '07 tour. The only announced set of principals thus far consist of Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Matvienko.

According to the Bolshoi website (bolshoi.ru), this will be a very traditional production, based on the Harvard notes, restoring the original score and reviving the late-1890s costumes from the Mariinsky. Sounds promising! A bit of information directly from the Bolshoi web:

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Will be premiered on June 21, 2007.
Presented with two intervals.

Use is made in the production of music by Leo Delibes, Cesare Pugni, Pyotr von Oldenburg, Riccardo Drigo, Albert Zabel, Julius Gerber.
Music dramaturgy conception – Yuri Burlaka
Score restored by Alexander Troitsky
The original score by Adolphe Adam/Leo Delibes for Le Corsaire has been made available by L'Opera national de Paris from the archives of La Bibliotheque nationale de France
The choreographic notation has been made available by the Harvard University Theatre Collection
Evgeny Ponomaryov's costume sketches (1899) used in the production have been made available by the St. Petersburg State Theatre Library
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I'll be in London in August & hope to report what I see at that time. In the meantime, I hope that some of our Moscow-based members will be able to report on next week's premiere performances.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 01:20 PM

I'm planning to see this in London as well. I see practically no ballet these days, and am very much looking forward to it. Even if the production turns out to be flawed I can't imagine I won't enjoy it! Natalya -- if you learn anything about casting beyond opening night, please pass it along as you judge appropriate. (I would have loved to see Bright Stream in London but my work calendar did not comply.)

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 02:15 PM

I'm planning to see this in London as well. I see practically no ballet these days, and am very much looking forward to it. Even if the production turns out to be flawed I can't imagine I won't enjoy it! Natalya -- if you learn anything about casting beyond opening night, please pass it along as you judge appropriate. (I would have loved to see Bright Stream in London but my work calendar did not comply.)


Please report back if you do see it - inquiring minds want to know.

#4 Natalia

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 05:43 PM

Lunkina and Alexandrova are the other Medoras in rehearsals, according to insiders on the Russian-language fora. Tsiskaridze and Klevetsov the Conrads. Vasiliev & Bolotin among the Alis; Osipova & Krysanova among the Gulnares.

Keep an eye open for final London castings on the site of the impressarios for that tour, the Hochhausers:

http://www.victorhoc...07_corsaire.htm

The above link goes to a lovely photo of Zakharova & Matvienko wearing some of those ca-1899 costumes. Just to whet everyone's appetites. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 07:32 AM

Zakharova, Alexandrova and Lunkina all Gulnaras? An ecclectic mix! It should make for three very different interpretations. The Conrads too, come to think of it.

Edited to correct: Sorry, rq, you're quite right. I mean Medora, of course. It's just one of those things that I always get the wrong way round...

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:55 AM

the little hochauser foto shows zakharova as medora and natalia notes alexandrova and lunkina also rehearsing medora.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 10:24 AM

Lors de cette conférence de presse, les journalistes conviés ont pu voir seulement quelques extraits du ballet, accompagnés au piano, avec notamment la participation de Svetlana Lunkina et Maria Alexandrova. Les artistes suivants sont annoncés sur le ballet (sans précision des rôles, il doit s'agir de Medora-Conrad): Svetlana Zakharova, Galina Stepanenko, Anna Antonicheva, Nikolaï Tsiskaridze, Sergeï Filin, Yuri Klevtsov, Andreï Uvarov.


According to this source, (Dansomanie), the Itar-Tass press interview/viewing of a rehearsal of Ratmansky's Le Corsaire revealed that Stepanenko and Antonicheva are also rehearsing Medora and Uvarov and Filin Conrad.

Maybe somebody with better French than mine can help here.

You can see some of the photos taken at the press viewing
Here

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:38 PM

On the Itar-Tass website, the reader can just find a name-dropping without any precision.
I just make the supposition (between brackets) that the dancers mentioned could be Medora and Conrad. :wink:

#9 Natalia

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 03:56 AM

The Medora-Conrad pairs will also include the veteran Stepanenko and Tsiskaridze, as seen in the following photos taken at yesterday's general rehearsal on stage. Notice the 70 dancers in the Jardin Anime scene! I wonder if the full complement of Moscow Ballet Academy girls and boys will also appear in London?

http://divanna.livej...786.html#cutid1

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 08:31 AM

Wonderful photos--I especially like the costumes...

#11 Natalia

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 09:09 AM

Very detailed casting is finally up at the Bolshoi web site:

http://www.bolshoi.r...e...&act26=info

We can glean a lot of interesting info from this, such as the fact that the role of Ali is gone, as it was not in the Petipa version of the ballet. Instead, the young-whiz male dancers, such as Ivan Vasiliev, will be dancing the 'Pas d'Esclave' pdd...but not as the character Lankedem and not with the character of Gulnara. They will simply be a pair of young bravura-dancing slaves.

Also interesting to note that -- unlike the recent Munich production -- this Jardin Anime will include two female soloists in addition to Medora & Gulnare. Also, this version will include a major Petipa set-piece not seen anywhere in ages (since Petipa perhaps?): the Grand Pas d'Eventailes - "Grand Pas of the Fans" for Medora and six female friends.

Odalisques Pas de Trois remains, to be danced at each performance by Stebletsova, Nikulina & Leonova ,as per the Bolshoi site.

Now I can hardly wait to see all of this. :)

Edited to add translation of 'Pas d'Eventailes'

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 11:50 AM

Ooh, thankyou very much, Natalia: I've been curious to know the casting for ages (I'm seeing this in London). Your mention of the Pas d'Eventailes, which I had not heard of before, made me look up Le Corsaire on Wikipedia, and it has a most interesting history!

(PS: This being Wikipedia, I don't know whether this article has been plagiarised - if it has been recognisably 'borrowed', then please remove the link! Of course, inaccuracy is another matter... :))

#13 Natalia

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 12:55 PM

Thanks, scherzo. This is fascinating stuff. I did not realize that the 'Pas d'Eventails' and Pas de Six, together, formed a classical suite of dances that were later replaced (ca 1915) by what is now known as the 'Corsaire pas de deux' (or pas de deux-a-trois). That makes me wonder: Will the well-known 'Corsaire pdd/pdt' be at all performed by the Bolshoi? Perhaps not.

This Bolshoi edition may turn out to be far more loyal to 'Imperial Petipa' times than the much-touted Munich version earlier this year, although we can be eternally grateful to the Munich stagers for having at least presented a complete Jardin Anime scene and Medora 'Petit Corsaire' variation, from what I've read on this board and elsewhere.

In this fabulous year of Petipa-era reconstructions (the two Corsaires -- Munich & Moscow -- and 'Flora's Awakening' in St. Petersburg) it is a crying shame that ABT couldn't muster-up a 'Sleeping Beauty' that was equally loyal to Petipa and in the spirit of Imperial Russia.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 01:33 PM

Re the Jardin anime casting (I'm looking at opening night): looks to me like they have two soloists (Zakharova and Shipulina)and six demis listed, with an accidental space between Stashkevich and Alizade. This jives with the notation - Medora, Gulnare and 6 demi women.

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 01:03 AM

We can glean a lot of interesting info from this, such as the fact that the role of Ali is gone, as it was not in the Petipa version of the ballet. Instead, the young-whiz male dancers, such as Ivan Vasiliev, will be dancing the 'Pas d'Esclave' pdd...but not as the character Lankedem and not with the character of Gulnara. They will simply be a pair of young bravura-dancing slaves.


The version of Corsaire that the Bolshoi used to dance in the early '90's had Lankedem as a strictly non-dancing role, the 'pas d'esclave', danced by Filin the night I went, wasn't performed by named characters. There was no Ali, simply a character called 'Rab' - slave. This role was dance by Alexander Vetrov and his was a single appearance to perform the pas de trois with Conrad and Medora. I have always assumed this version was far closer to the original than Vinogradov’s for the Kirov.


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