Sergei Vikharev, the former Russian dancer renowned for his reconstruction of ballets and who died last Friday at 55, will be celebrated in the foyer of the Mariinsky Theatre today, before being buried in St Petersburg’s Serafimovskoe Cemetery, which is also the resting place of many other Mariinsky dancers including Yuri Soloviev, Feya Balabina and Alla … [Read more...] about Ballet dancer Sergei Vikharev died in his dentist’s chair
The Financial Times visited Milan's historic theatre to witness Sergei Vikharev’s reconstruction of Raymonda - a production which is sending ripples of interest and excitement around the ballet community. This blog alone, and its associated YouTube channel, has received thousands of extra visits to read about Raymonda, pushing the associated posts to the top of the most … [Read more...] about La Scala’s Raymonda “is a true banquet: pomp, circumstance, and an entire world on stage”, says the Financial Times
Milan's newspaper, the most influential Italian paper, Il Corriere della Sera, almost ignored La Raymonda at La Scala last week, with Valeria Crippa's short article dismissing it quickly. Here the past is preserved in mothballs, the brilliant Marius Petipa's choreographic style appears decrepit, and dull scenery frames an ageing corps, despite the freshness of the students of … [Read more...] about The Times celebrates Milan’s Raymonda… but why?
Another clip from Sergei Vikharev’s newly reconstructed version of Raymonda. Mariinsky ballerina Olesia Novikova is joined by Stuttgart Ballet's Friedemann Vogel in the Act III variation and coda. … [Read more...] about Olesia Novikova in the Raymonda Act III variation, joined by Friedemann Vogel for the coda
The last great work from the glorious era of the Imperial ballets had never before been performed by the La Scala ballet until last night. The La Scala première marks the most faithful version of Raymonda yet to the original, which met with triumphant success in St Petersburg in 1898. In Sergei Vikharev's newly reconstructed version, Mariinsky ballerina Olesya Novikova … [Read more...] about Olesya Novikova’s extraordinary thirty entrechat-quatre en pointe in Raymonda