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 Post subject: Re: Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Theater
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 9:15 pm 
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Hmm, interesting that these comments came from the same regional critic who thought Ballet San Jose's corps was very good in the last program. I'm now a little confused as to how to judge performances from his reviews. I guess it's just down to a matter of personal taste.


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 Post subject: Re: Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Theater
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2003 12:08 pm 
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I simply hope any negative comments in other reviews don't negatively affect Perm ticket sales on this rainy weekend. That would be a shame, for I think the lay public assumes that anything delivered from a well-known mass media outlet is the word of law. And they often use it as an objective measure for whether or not they will go see this or that performance, film, etc.

Azlan, your point about taking the production on its historical merit is key. We can not and should not compare this to how "new" it looks or if it is better than another "revised" version by a living choreographer. Part of the charm (and in my book, impressiveness) of (m)any Russian versions is that they've managed to maintain historical integrity where American companies have seen fit to "freshen" the work up. As we know (Baryshnikov's "Swan Lake" comes to mind) -- newer isn't always better.

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 Post subject: Re: Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Theater
PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2003 9:56 pm 
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Russian ballet company comes to Bay Area
By Jeanne Fogler

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THE TCHAIKOVSKY Perm State Ballet Theatre has been described as Russia's third most significant ballet company, after the Bolshoi and the Kirov.
The Bay Area is getting its first look at them in a run of "The Sleeping Beauty" that began Thursday and continues through today at Flint Center in Cupertino. Based at the Perm State Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1997, the ballet company was established as a permanent institution in the mid-1920s.
<a href="http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125~1549~1323532,00.html">click here for more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Theater
PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2003 1:51 am 
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Azlan, your point about taking the production on its historical merit is key. We can not and should not compare this to how "new" it looks or if it is better than another "revised" version by a living choreographer. Part of the charm (and in my book, impressiveness) of (m)any Russian versions is that they've managed to maintain historical integrity where American companies have seen fit to "freshen" the work up. As we know (Baryshnikov's "Swan Lake" comes to mind) -- newer isn't always better.
Well, to be precise, many Russian versions are actually a revision of the "original" choreography, and are actually quite historically corrupt. Somewhere between Petipa and the 1950s (when Russian productions of "Sleeping Beauty" - and even "Swan Lake" began to tour), somebody changed the choreography into what we now know of as "The" choreography for Beauty and Swan Lake. Case in point: the White Swan pas de deux in Act II of "Swan Lake" was actually a pas de deux a trois, for the Prince, Benno and Odette. This remained true for a long time, staying in such versions as the early Royal Ballet versions (Margot Fonteyn is on video doing the White Swan pdd as a pdd a trois). Then when the Russians came touring to the West (ok - the Bolshoi and Kirov to be specific) and used a version as a strict pas de deux, that eventually trickled into Western productions (not to mention countless other changes).

Now, as for "Sleeping Beauty," the new-old Kirov production that played the Met in New York a few years ago shows that what we know of as the "real" Sleeping Beauty choreography is much altered and much changed as well. So what IS the real "Sleeping Beauty" choreography? I suppose what we see from the Perm company is the choreography that most people know of and are used to from the altered Russian productions of "Beauty" ... I've read somewhere that Anthony Dowell's version of "Sleeping Beauty" for the Royal Ballet (before the new Makarova one that just premiered) is the modern version that is closest to the historical choreography - but even that version incorporates a few of the newer variations, etc. (the Dowell version - with its oddly proportioned sets, bold costumes and all - is available on video). The Royal Ballet versions of "Sleeping Beauty," with the exception of the most recent Makarova one, have actually been more historically sound than many other versions - especially the Russian ones. Apparently, someone (I'll have to look it up in the textbook) left Russia with a notated copy of the "Beauty" choreography, or remembered the original plans of the choreography, and used that to stage versions at the Royal Ballet; same goes for their earlier "Swan Lake" with the pas de deux a trois.

But, anyhow, I don't really think that was the exactly gist of the post I quoted. I agree that we shouldn't try to compare these more traditional productions with newer ones, and that the traditonal versions have a charm all their own.

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 Post subject: Re: Tchaikovsky Perm State Ballet Theater
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2004 12:09 pm 
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Taking her next steppes to glory
After coming close to quitting earlier this year, Irish ballerina Monica Loughman is moving on, says Mick Heaney in The Sunday Times.


December 2003. Monica Loughman is enjoying the greatest night of her career. As she basks in applause from the appreciative audience at Dublin’s Point theatre the young Irish ballerina has reason to feel proud of herself. Loughman’s return to her home town in the title role of the Russian State Ballet’s production of Giselle is not only an artistic success, but a personal triumph. It is the climax of a decade of hard graft, gruelling training and frugal existence in the remote Russian city of Perm.

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Clement Crisp traveled to Amsterdam for two early January 2008 weekend performances of "Swan Lake" by the Perm Ballet. He has high praise for Veronica Part, who appeared as a guest artist. His review in the Financial Times:

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