KANTER and Cassandra,
I think you have to remember that reviving those old Petipa-choreographed ballets in "historical reconstructions" or doing a Petipa-era ballet with modern choreography means the female dancing roles will become far more important in the ballet--that's the way Petipa created it in the first place!
Why do you think of the Mariinsky Ballet troupe we remember names of current dancers like Ulyana Lopatkina, Viktoria Tereshkina, Diana Vishneva, Olesya Novikova, Yevgenia Obraztsova, and even Alina Somova (love her or not
) far more than names like Igor Kolb, Danila Korsuntsev, Igor Zelensky, and Ilya Kuznetsov?
I have my doubts that the Mariinsky Ballet would revive a ballet like The Bronze Horseman
, though. The Bolshoi Ballet troupe--which has a more "modern" sensibility in terms of choreography--would be perfect to revive this Soviet-era ballet. (Sorry, Natalia, but it was the Bolshoi version that really old-time Russian balletomanes remember the most, based on a PhD thesis I read online.) Gayene
could be done by the Mariinsky troupe, since it was this troupe that premiered the ballet and made it famous. Question is, who's going to play the Gayene in the ballet? By the way, Obraztsova is
a charmer, based on her fairly significant role in the movie The Russian Dolls
(Les Poupée Russes
), which I just saw on DVD.