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 Post subject: President Bush's visit to the Kirov
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2002 3:03 am 
There's a short mention in the News section of the Kirov website of President Bush's visit last night to the Maryinsky Theatre.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.mariinsky.ru/en" TARGET=_blank>http://www.mariinsky.ru/en</A> <P>The Nutcracker cast last night was Natalia Sologub and Andrian Fadeyev.


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 Post subject: Re: President Bush's visit to the Kirov
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2002 4:55 am 
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There were some beautiful shots of the Mariinsky theater on Fox News - both inside and out. Showed both President Bush and Putin in the Imperial Box in the theater.<P>Also some beautiful footage of the visit to the Hermitage and some of the magnificent interiors.<P>I wonder why they chose Nutcracker. I know they often do Nutcracker other than at Christmas time.


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 Post subject: Re: President Bush's visit to the Kirov
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2002 9:22 am 
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Maybe they thought it was about all he could handle. Image<P>Seriously though, it seems like whenever there's a foreign dignitary visiting a country, if they go to the ballet, they always take him or her to see Swan Lake or Nutcracker, or something big and non-controversial, no? I think I remember reading in the Plisetskaya biography about how she danced Swan Lake endlessly for visiting heads of state.


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 Post subject: Re: President Bush's visit to the Kirov
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2002 9:54 am 
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I do remember reading in Plisetskaya's autobiography that she danced over 800 Swan Lakes - many, many for heads of state.<P>Strange as it may seem to us now, Nutcracker was not always given at Christmas time. This was true not only in Russia but also in the West.<P>There is more of that history here:<P><BR><A HREF="http://www.criticaldance.com/ubb/Forum20/HTML/000019.html" TARGET=_blank><B>From Casse Noisette to Nutcracker</B></A>


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