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 Post subject: Re: The Mariinsky "II" Theatre - 2013 opening
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 4:52 pm 
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Additional previews of the new theatre.

Liza Dobkina for Reuters.

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A report in Canadian Architect.

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Zachary Woolfe for the New York Times.

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 Post subject: Re: The Mariinsky "II" Theatre - 2013 opening
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:33 am 
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Thanks, Francis. I'll look forward to reading all this as soon as possible.

Anyone interested in seeing today's opening Gala of the Mariinsky II might try here.

Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD (Noon US east coast)
Perviy Kanal (Russian)
Arte Live Web
Mariinsky TV and Mariinsky FM

I can't seem to get these sites to work from CriticalDance so go here (top of page) and thanks to Sophia at Dansomanie for posting this.

http://www.forum-dansomanie.net/forum/v ... php?t=6359

Here's who'll be performing. Thanks again, Sophia.
http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/pla ... /2/3_2000/


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 Post subject: Re: The Mariinsky "II" Theatre - 2013 opening
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:52 am 
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I attended the press tour of the Mariinsky II opening this morning. I must say the space of the theatre is gigantic. The area behind the stage is TWO depths of the stage depth itself. And the "wing" space is equal to the stage width, one on each side. The floor boards of the stage and backstage area are all mechanically shiftable to move forward/back/sideways and below. The Mariinsky goes 16 meters below ground level (3 stories belowground).

Sadly my main area of interest were the studios for the ballet, and for security purposes we were not allowed to view those. I asked one of the architects about the studios. He quickly said there are 7 studios with accoustical outfitting...and then I corrected my question, "But for the ballet, there are only two, correct?" Yes, one large one and one small one in the basement."

There you have it.

They do have sprung floors made from multiple layers of wood and covered in Marley, per the Mariinsky's specifications. I gather the architectural firms do not specialise in dance studios since the studios for ballet as well as the main curtain were created and/or designed by the Mariinsky and not Diamond Architects.

Today because President Putin is attending tonight, FSB guards were all over the theatre and Theatre Square with their squiggly ear cords and black suits. The usually packed parking lots next to the Mariinsky were empty as of 8 a.m., with DPS officer cars parked there to ensure no one else comes to park. There is a special VIP entrance with VIP rooms on one side of the building. From those rooms there is an isolated footbridge (inside the theatre) leading up into the Tsar's box that is not accessible by any public routes -- so any VIPs can enter and exit without coming into contact with the public.

Unfortunately because of security and lack of tickets I cannot attend tonight but I will be able tomorrow and Saturday. Tonight's performance is supposed to feature and excerpt from Etudes among other bits. And full use of the "shifting stage floors" will be shown to the audience. Currently there is a replica in the upstage area of the actual MariinskyI Tsar's box, so when the curtain opens, it looks as if you're looking into the house of the original theatre -- impressive.

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LIVE BROADCAST of tonight's performance, starting in just under two hours, at 8pm local time (9am Pacific coast time)

here: http://mariinsky.tv/n/

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Miriam Elder and Imogen Tilden report on the Tuesday, May 2, 2013 opening for the Guardian.

Guardian

Paul Waldie reports on the opening for the Globe and Mail.

Globe and Mail

Louise Levene reports for the Telegraph.

Telegraph

Teresa Levonian Cole reports for the Telegraph Travel section.

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Alexei Anishchuk and Liza Dobkina report for Reuters.

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Zachary Woolfe reviews the May 2, 2013 gala opening performance for the New York Times.

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You can find my review of the MT II opening in the next issue of Dance Europe magazine. In the meantime, happy to answer any questions about the opening events. I attended Jewels on May 3, and the Symphony in C/Bolero (conducted by Gergiev) on May 4.

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A beautiful visual option for reconstruction of the facade of the MTII in order to match the rest of the city's architecture:

http://politin.ru/proyekt-rekonstruktsii-novogo-zdaniya-mariinskogo-teatra.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Mariinsky "II" Theatre - 2013 opening
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Catherine Pawlick wrote:
A beautiful visual option for reconstruction of the facade of the MTII in order to match the rest of the city's architecture:

http://politin.ru/proyekt-rekonstruktsii-novogo-zdaniya-mariinskogo-teatra.html


Oh, if only the architect of record had considered a design like this in the first place...


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 Post subject: Re: The Mariinsky "II" Theatre - 2013 opening
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I have to agree that the traditional "dream" of what could have been is much, much more pleasing. However, I also know that most architects are looking to make a name for themselves or create "new" art because a 21st century architect considers himself an artist. A canvas painter today will not get anywhere painting like people did in the 19th century. People might like his work and buy it b/c it is beautiful but art produced in the current times has to be something new to be considered "art" by the critics. A painter simply copying the styles of the 19th century in 2013 will be forgotten by the history books because it is too reactionary and in the end the 19th century Masters did it better. A painter in 2013 painting like them is just a copycat. Of course, the M-2 does not look like art on the outside at all. So I totally understand the longing for a more traditional approach. But no architect designing a building in 2013 is going to want to create a building that looks like a 19th century building. That is the way art works. Art created today is supposed to look like art in 2013 whether we like it or not.

But I do not want anyone reading this to think I like the M-2 the way it looks. I find some interior things about it nice, but like most people I would have preferred a more traditional design.


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 Post subject: Re: The Mariinsky "II" Theatre - 2013 opening
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Penealla, that's a great analogy. It is sad that something has to be "new" for it to be considered art or worthy but I know too that it is the case today. I bemoan the disappearance of traditional/classical ("more beautiful") art and/or architecture for the sake of "what's new". That is not to say that everything new is ugly. Many new forms in art (architecture, ballet, choreography, fashion, etc) can be quite beautiful. New is fine when it is in fact a thing of beauty. In the case of the MT2, however, unfortunately it's exterior is not a thing of beauty. It's utilitarian at best, and even given the "2013 measurements" of great architecture, I'm not sure it would qualify. I say that with all due respect to the builders etc as they were simply carrying out the original plans. As we know the problem stems from the choice of style, not the firm that carried out the work, per se.

In a city like St Petersburg where 90% of its facades reflect the European/Parisian "look", matching the facade of the new theatre to the surrounding historical buildings was the logical step but it was not chosen. Now our only hope is that the external "drape" can be built. I would be thrilled if it ended up looking somewhat like the images in that link above.

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