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Author:  grace [ Tue Aug 29, 2000 4:50 am ]
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perhaps eager to move people's minds on from the tragic fiasco in the barents sea last week, vladimir putin sacks vladimir vasilyev and orders millions of punds be spent on urgent rebuilding of the Bloshoi Theatre. politicians! (where is that 'smiley' for 'disgusted'?)

from today's guardian:
A purge at the top had been rumoured for months, but
yesterday's announcement, just as the theatre was about to
open its 225th season, was unexpected.

Mr Vasilyev, a former star dancer, learned on the radio that he
had been sacked. No replacement was immediately announced,
but Mr Shvydkoi named three orchestral conductors as
contenders for the post of artistic director.

Mr Vasilyev's five years in charge of the Bolshoi began in
acrimony and controversy: several of the performers staged the
theatre's first and only strike in its 225-year history.

His tenure is widely seen as less than successful, marked by a
running feud with Moscow's music critics.

He tried to have journalists barred from the theatre and said he
hoped the critics would "burn in hell".

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Author:  JLHayes [ Tue Aug 29, 2000 6:34 pm ]
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Wow!<BR>What are they going to do?<BR>3 Conductors?!<BR>That's it.How are they going to fix this one?<BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Tue Aug 29, 2000 7:00 pm ]
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Oh, man.

Author:  grace [ Wed Aug 30, 2000 3:40 am ]
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are you in florida yet, JL? or change of plans? (sorry, everyone else Image )

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Aug 30, 2000 12:04 pm ]
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Here's a link on the theme found by shag that I have consolidated from 'Ballet'. <BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited August 31, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Aug 30, 2000 9:57 pm ]
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The English language 'Russia Today' carries a report of a press conference given by Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi who, '...defended the Kremlin's decision to sack the top two figures at Russia's famed Bolshoi Theatre and denied claims that this marked a return to Soviet-style control of the arts.' <P>Later he says, '"The Culture Ministry will be responsible for construction funds... (but) how can I be responsible for financial flows which are not under my control?" said Shvydkoi, a theatre critic who has also headed Russian television's culture channel and RTR state television in the past.' <P>Hmm....<P>Unsurprisingly, local artists and commentators are suspicious that the real motives have not emerged.<P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Now read on</A>

Author:  grace [ Thu Aug 31, 2000 3:24 am ]
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the financial times on this issue:<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank> cId=000831000845&query=<BR>ballet&resultsShown=20&resultsToRequest=100</A> <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The dismissal followed a meeting this summer between the Russian government<BR> and top officials from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural<BR> Organisation (Unesco) in Moscow to investigate the slow progress of an<BR> international project to rebuild the Bolshoi. <P> Unesco launched a fresh worldwide appeal earlier this year to raise funds to meet<BR> part of the estimated Dollars 200m (Pounds 137m) cost of renovating the theatre - - -<P>Over the past five years, critics say Mr Vassilyev has failed to meet expectations. <P> "His repertoire was very narrow and there was little contact with foreign<BR> performers and composers," said Yaroslav Sedov, music critic for Itogi magazine.<BR> "People who watch the everyday performances and not just the tours when the<BR> shows are at their best have seen that the creative side has declined." - - -<P>A second theatre is being built alongside the Bolshoi. This will allow<BR> performances to continue while the original building is being renovated. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 01, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Aug 31, 2000 10:58 pm ]
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Debra Craine gives her thoughts on the Bolshoi sackings. <P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><BR>00/09/01/timartthe03003.html</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 01, 2000).]

Author:  grace [ Fri Sep 01, 2000 6:30 pm ]
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'structurally unsound' and gala season opening cancelled!<BR> <A HREF=",4273,4058081,00.html" TARGET=_blank><BR>Archive/Article/0,4273,4058081,00.html</A> <P>from the guardian, september 2, a good article: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The Bolshoi is in crisis - physically, financially, and<BR> aesthetically. The famous theatre, 147 years old, is in such poor<BR> shape that the slightest jolt could literally bring the house down. <P> From his offices across the road, President Vladimir Putin can<BR> watch the rain leaking through the Bolshoi's roof, observe the<BR> theatre's slow subsidence into the marshy foundations on which<BR> it stands, and see that the reconstruction work started years<BR> ago has ground to a halt through lack of funds. <P> After an August of serial disaster, Putin can ill afford a further<BR> blow to Russian prestige So, on Monday he pulled a fast one. <P> On a day off for the 2,632 Bolshoi employees, Putin purged the<BR> Bolshoi bosses, Vladimir Vasilyev, executive director,<BR> choreographer, and ex-star dancer and Vladimir Kokonin, the<BR> administrative chief. Their posts were abolished, too. <P> Many of the Bolshoi stars were performing abroad and caught<BR> unawares. Vasilyev learned he had been fired from the radio.<BR> After sending out invitations to the Muscovite elite for a gala<BR> opening for the theatre's 225th season - to have been held<BR> yesterday - Vasilyev had to cancel the event. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 03, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Sep 01, 2000 11:01 pm ]
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Image <P>The Bolshoi Theatre. It might load a bit slowly, but it's such a wonderful image.<P>For some background to the current controversy, here's the Bolshoi website and details of their touring programme, the calendar and the reconstruction.<BR> <BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A><P><BR>Here are the ballets which the Bolshoi will perform between October and July. it's a fine survey of the history of ballet, but one wonders if the previous season was much different. Does anyone know anything about 'Anyuta', 'Cipollino'? <P><BR>Swan Lake<P>Spartacus<P>G.Balanchine's Ballets Evening Mozartiana. Agon. Symphony in C<P>The Little Humpbacked Horse<P>Don Quixote<P>La Sylphide<P>La Bayadere<P>Raymonda<P>Anyuta<P>Russian Hamlet<P>The Sleeping Beauty<P>La Fille du Pharaon<P>The Nutcracker<P>Giselle<P>Romeo and Juliet<P>Cipollino<P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 02, 2000).]

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Sep 02, 2000 9:02 pm ]
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From the Associated Press:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>New directors were announced Saturday for Russia's famed Bolshoi Theater, just days after a shake-up that tightened government control over the troubled institution.<P>Anatoly Iksanov, former head of St. Petersburg's Bolshoi Drama Theater, was named general director, while Gennady Rozhdestvensky, a world-famous orchestral conductor, was named artistic director.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Sep 02, 2000 10:28 pm ]
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Gennady Rozhdestvensky is well known in the UK, where he worked with a number of orchestras a while ago. My memory is that he was admired and very well liked by the players, which is a good start.<P>As a ballet person I'm disappointed that the only director of a major Opera house who was from ballet has gone. However, it seems clear that Vasiliev is no diplomat and as the top man in any organisation you have to get your PR right, as well as 101 other things.

Author:  grace [ Sun Sep 03, 2000 7:15 pm ]
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>As the rest of Russia was preoccupied with fires, bombs and a<BR> submarine sinking, the Kremlin last week carried out a kind of coup<BR> at what may be the world's most famous ballet and opera company:<BR> On Monday, President Vladimir V. Putin fired the theater's artistic<BR> director and signed an order in effect ending the independence that<BR> the theater had enjoyed since shortly after the collapse of the Soviet<BR> Union.<P> "When I told people I was accepting this job, they said, 'You're<BR> out of your mind,' " Rozhdestvensky told a theater full of anxious<BR> dancers, singers, musicians and technicians. "But when it comes to<BR> art, you have to be a little crazy." - - - <BR> Like so much else in Russia these days, the Bolshoi's reputation<BR> for greatness has outlasted its performance. - - -<P>For the most part, Bolshoi artists welcomed Rozhdestvensky's<BR> appointment. They gave him a round of applause so vigorous and<BR> warm that his eyes welled with tears. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Sep 05, 2000 4:17 am ]
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Nadine Meisner gives her views on the Bolshoi sackings. She is clearly not keen on Vasilliev either from an admin or an artistic viewpoint. The Bolshoi London season last year was a mixed blessing and on balance the Royal Ballet received equally good or in some cases eg 'Giselle', better reviews for its rep at Sadler's Wells. However, once Nina was here in 'Don Q' then superlatives were the order of the day. Meisner uses tougher language:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>....But for the ballet, he was never going to convince us completely, given the appalling quality of the productions. Grigorovich's Spartacus and those other steam-rolling epics for which the Bolshoi is famous were not properly rehearsed. The few new stagings were either reckless, such as Pierre Lacotte's unjustifiably extravagant recreation of Petipa's The Pharaoh's Daughter, shown in Moscow this year, or eccentric aberrations, as in the case of Vassiliev's own versions of Giselle and especially Swan Lake, which we saw in London.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>Now read on</B></A><P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 05, 2000).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Sep 28, 2000 1:26 pm ]
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The Bolshoi problems seem to be deepening rather than improving.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Russia's top ballet dancers have erupted in open revolt against the Kremlin, accusing it of wrecking the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre by sacking its leaders and cancelling its latest productions.<P>Dozens of the Bolshoi's leading dancers are supporting a protest against the radical shakeup at the 225-year-old ballet and opera theatre, already rocked by the firing of its top director last month.<P>"I've danced at the Bolshoi for 20 years and it's painful for me to see them ruining everything that is dear to me," said Alexei Fadeyechev, the ballet's director and one of its most popular dancers in recent decades.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Go to the link below and search on 'Bolshoi' in the box at top left.<BR> <BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited September 28, 2000).]

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