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  • Reconstructing Ballet's Past

    Vikharev rehearses Coppélia with Maria Alexandrova, photo Vyacheslav Podorozhniy.


    "When Russia was plunged into Revolution in 1917, a chief balletmaster inside the Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg feared the worst. It was not simply the death of Tsars he feared, but the death of all culture associated with them, including the classical ballet... For 25 years all the ballets in the repertoire had been notated, their choreography, how the steps fitted the music, what costumes and sets should be. The notes were filed in several large volumes. The balletmaster...packed them into crates, and when he disappeared from Russia, the volumes went with him. Possibly thus the future of classical ballet was saved...."

    "....Here is where Sergei Vikharev comes onto the scene. A dancer in the Mariinsky, in the late 1990s he was struck - while rehearsing Balanchine and Fokine ballets, both of which have active custodians zealously preserving their text - that the classics had no such equivalent, and in particular the ballets of the master of them all, Petipa. Vikharev learned about the Harvard notations and...the result was the astounding restoration of the 1890 The Sleeping Beauty, which set London and New York by the ears in 2000. This was followed by (an) "old" La Bayadère, recreating the 1900 staging supervised by Petipa and restoring the full four-act score." ~ Quote: Ismene Brown, The Arts

    Click here to read a detailed interview with Vikharev and learn more about his controversial quest to bring ballet's most famous works back to the stage in their purest form. {Please note that while the article is extremely lengthy, it's well worth the read!}

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