This 1960s recording of Kasyan Goleizovsky’s Narcissus and Echo with Vladimir Vasiliev is an extraordinary testiment to the artistry and power of the young dancer in his prime.
It was filmed without sound and has been engineered to fit a recording of Nikolai Tcherepnin’s music.
Kasyan Goleizovsky (1892-1970) Russian dancer and choreographer. Leader of the experimental movement in Moscow in the 1920s.
Nikolai Tcherepnin (1873-1945) Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was born in Saint Petersburg and studied under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He conducted for the first Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
Vladimir Vasiliev (1940), Russian ballet dancer. Was principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, best known for his role of Spartacus and for his powerful leaps and turns.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.